Pro-Pain - The Final Revolution
The album kicks off with an incredibly explosive track, "Deathwish." It starts with a great guitar line played between both players, then quickly launches into a beefy, groovy chord progression. This song plays off both the groovy side (most notably in the bouncy chorus) and the more metal-edged, double-bass ridden side (mostly in the verses). We also get a taste of the lead guitar in this song. Although it goes along with most of this album as nothing I haven't heard before, it's definitely refreshing to hear some melodic shredding in this type of music that is often dragged down by simple riffs and chord progressions. Other notable tracks that brought on the grooves were "One Shot, One Kill," "Southbound," and "Emerge."
These, along with the more thrashy songs, were my favorite from this record. The title track "The Final Revolution" gallops its way through the verses like it's 1988 all over again. The breakdown in this song was my favorite in the album, sounding like it came straight out of a 90s NYHC song. The solo right after the breakdown was also one of my favorite from these songs. "All Systems Fail" also ups the tempo and is another thrashy track.
This album really shines in the crossover and groove departments. However, as I said there's nothing on this album you haven't heard before. The solos especially lose their freshness after a few songs, as the lead guitarist uses very similar techniques and note choices song after song. I'm sure these guys knew going into it that after 13 records, there's no way to re-invent the wheel. Also, I believe the only original member is the bassist and vocalist Gary Meskil. That said, his vocals are incredibly harsh and remind me a bit of the vocalist from Death Before Dishonor and his bass tone and playing is on-point. I believe he wrote all the material on this record, which is pretty impressive. It's clear that they have a message and care what they're talking about lyrically as well. Meskil himself said "I'm passionate about the world, where it's heading, and my role in it." Although this isn't a great album by any means, if you're a fan of metallic hardcore it's worth a listen.
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Similar: Hatebreed, Death Before Dishonor, All Out War
- One Shot One Kill
- Problem Reaction Solution
- The Final Revolution
- Can't Stop the Pain
- All Systems Fail
- Want Some?
- Fall from Grace
- Mass Extinction
- Under the Gun