|Review: To the Pain - To the Pain|
|To the Pain|
Year released: 2013
Review online: October 19, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:To the Pain
Rated 1.6/5 (32%) (5 Votes)
New York's To The Pain play a style that is called Power/Thrash on the Metal Archives but I call it late 80s Traditional Metal. The music on their self-titled debut is simple and testosterone-filled with plenty of muscular riffs and go-for-the-throat vocals. The songs have a definite air of Thrash about them, both in the songwriting as well as the lyrics, which include wry, socio-political titles like "For the People, Buy the People." There is more energy than style in the band's performance. The sound is quiet and dry and the vocals, while forceful, aren't always on key, making them occasionally cringe-worthy. Some of the choruses are quite catchy, especially when some liberties are taken with English pronunciation (see "Silent Horror" where the words are shoe-horned into the song in a way that the singer has to shout "Silent hur-RAH.") To The Pain break no new ground and their songs aren't very spectacular, but if you want honest, no-frills Metal that combines mid-80s Anthrax/Sacred Reich with the Traditional Metal of Brute Forcz (with completely different vocals), To The Pain is worth a listen.
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