PRO-PAIN – Voice of Rebellion
15 studio albums in 24 years – you have to admire the determination and passion for the groovy hardcore/metal act Pro-Pain. "Voice of Rebellion" is the latest in a long line of hard hitting records – still seething in anger, gang-oriented choruses and simple yet effective riffing/rhythms the name of the game here. 14 tracks in a paltry 43 minutes doesn’t leave much in the way of excess – and songs like "Righteous Annihilation" and the 1-2-3-4 upbeat "Take it to the Grave" take no prisoners as a result.
Bassist/ vocalist Gary Meskil and his compatriots know how to mix up the arrangements between mid-tempo groove-oriented monsters like "Age of Disgust" and "Hellride" with the double bass/ up-tempo oriented numbers such as "Bella Morte" or "Enraged" that leave audiences cheering and sweat soaked. Sometimes meat and potatoes bands are necessary to be the reliable source of entertainment – knowing what they serve will appease a majority of their audience, waving away fear of disappointment through experimentation. Sometimes hitting Sacred Reich territory on "DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)", the lyrics tackle many of the social/political concerns not only prominent in the USA, but all parts of the globe.
Those who like the attention detail will enjoy the tough lyrical stance and sirens that punctuate the pre-chorus of the opening segment for "No Fly Zone"- featuring a thoughtful, semi-bluesy lead break from guitarist Adam Phillips. In your face production values plus cover art that epitomizes their take no prisoners stance equals another proper album from Pro-Pain, channeling the frustration and injustices in their world into solid songwriting and powerful crossover anthems.