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Review: Pro-Pain - Run For Cover
Run For Cover

Label: Spitfire Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 40:00
Tracks: 14
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: August 1, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Run For Cover

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

I have to be completely honest here…I have never heard a Pro-Pain album before so when I got this promo I was pretty curious since I have certainly heard of the band. Then I noticed this was an album with nothing but cover songs on it and suddenly my curiosity was gone since I hate doing reviews of cover albums but then I took a look at what songs they were covering and all of a sudden a flood of memories came roaring back. Back in the early to mid 80's I was heavily into tape trading (yes, I am that damn old…heh) and I probably have every last one of these songs today on either CD (if it's available) or a dubbed cassette tape.

This is simply put a great collection of songs that unless you grew up in that time you would have probably never heard. Of course for metal heads the classics from Slayer, Celtic Frost, Sepultura and Motörhead are pretty common knowledge but the real treasure on this album is the covers of some killer hardcore/punk songs from back in the day. All are done extremely well with a more "metalized" sound but still extremely true to the original in every other aspect. I absolutely love the fact that they kept the lyrics in German for the Bohse Onkelz cover of "Terpentin" since that really shows a deep appreciation for this music that for the most part was not appreciated when it was being made originally and certainly not appreciated today. Hell, I even have to admit that I haven't listened to GBH in nearly a decade or more…it's been so long I can't even remember. Well I am now off to my cassette collection for the next couple of hours…heh

Overall I think anyone with even a very slight interest in punk/hardcore should really check this album out. There are some absolutely stellar tracks on this album well worth the purchase price alone. Even you hardcore metal heads that think nothing but metal is worthwhile for any occasion whatsoever…try broadening your horizons a little bit and check this album out.


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