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Well, this is a band that I know well since I have already bought their debut album entitled “Food for Thoughts” which was released back in 2006. So, after so many years MAINPAIN have decided to strike back with their sophomore album which I will present to you here. This big gap between the releases works either beneficially or destructively for a band. Which is the case for MAINPAIN you might ask? Well stay with me to find out…
THE COVER: The cover art depicts a human face screaming in agony while some sharp and thin things like wires penetrate it. It is a cover that in a way shocks you but also fits to the title of the album since it has to do with the pain as emotion and how we experience it as people.
MUSICAL STYLE: MAINPAIN is a traditional sounding metal band that moves between the traditional 80’s heavy metal sound and the late 80’s early 90’s thrash metal music. The band also mixes in its sound influences that come both from the European and the U.S. metal scene, but they give their own personal perspective to their influences.
COMPOSITIONS: You will get here 10 compositions of traditional heavy/thrash metal that offer a musical variety and also a variety of emotions to the listener. The band has its own musical identity, but I can’t avoid some comparisons with such bands like IRON MAIDEN, BRUCE DICKINSON, ICEAD EARTH, SANCTUARY (2 first albums) and LIEGE LORD. If the above seem appealing to you then trust me they sound even better. Finally, I have to say that the band has a gift to create compositions that have a long duration and yet keep the interest of the listener alive.
CONCLUSION: It seems that the 8 year gap between the debut album and their new release has worked beneficially for the band. They have the enthusiasm and yet the experience and maturity that shines on this release and will make you listen to it again and again; A very good album indeed.