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“Addicted To Pain” by Addicted To Pain

Artist: Addicted To Pain
Title: “Addicted To Pain”
Label: Hear And Now Records
Release Date: 9/14/2010
Genre: Thrash Metal/Hardcore
Rating: 3.25/5

From the moment that you begin listening to the four song EP by Addicted To Pain you will realize that there is something familiar going on with it in the musical sense. It’s not a sound that is entirely new, but also certainly not one that is dated on the same token. I can safely say this much about it leaving you with a sense of knowing exactly what is going on with its tracks without needing to involve yourself too deeply into the release. You will either like it or hate it, and there is no middle ground to be worried about. The band is made up of Biohazard’s original guitarist Leo Curley who also handles the vocals on this one along with Bob Horvath and Gregory Nash on bass and drums respectively. Three players that have been around the block in terms of their involvement in the heavy music scene. After a couple of listens I felt that this reminded me a little bit of mid-career Biohazard based on some of the riffs and also the more Sludgy-Doom Metal bands like Crowbar and perhaps even a couple of tastes of Corrosion of Conformity thrown in for good measure. I felt there was an amalgamation of all of this going on here. Now it’s important to know that I am not at all measuring up Addicted To Pain against these Metal luminaries in any fashion but I am saying that if this is the sound that you lean most too then perhaps this new band is something that you should look into. I liked the opening track “Hear And Now” enough but really enjoyed the crunching along “Trust Me” a little more since it had a killer groove. “Abigail” kicks it up a notch by speeding up the delivery of the band and showcasing a different feel in the Metal sense. Curley’s voice is a rougher one as opposed to a soaring melodic one but that works with this kind of material better than a Timo Kotipelto or Tony Kakko would since it’s not that kind of band. The song is not to be confused with the number by King Diamond which I was glad to see since no one else can touch that one. “Going Going Gone” had a great drum lead in which appealed to me but while the riffs were singing the vocal register by remaining the same might lose a couple of people if they were expecting more experimentation in this area. Despite the couple of reservations I had the band does show that they can play and that they deliver the good nice and heavy.
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