“Raw Video” by Pro-Pain

Artist: Pro-Pain
Title: “Raw Video”
Label: Candlelight Records
Release Date: 4/19/2005
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 5/10

With the release of “Raw Video” on Candlelight USA by Pro-Pain we have exactly that. A collection of raw footage of the band in concert and their videos but not much else. Honestly, this is very simply stated. There is no interview footage or real extras to speak of. Just solid thrashing metal delivered by a mainstay in the genre. This single DVD edition is split into two menu option, the first being the bands videos and the second a live performance shoot from Stuttgart Germany. Regarding the bands videos well the new viewer or casual fan should not expect to be amazed by their quality. On watching them you will find them to be very basic and not of the level of groups who had mass budgets to do this kind of thing over the course of their career. It’s a sad testament in most heavy bands lives I am afraid. The part one can be happy about if you followed them is that this seems to be all the videos that the group did.

As far as the concert portion goes I felt a little let down. Granted it’s a full show with 16 in your face metal tunes but the show was shot from what seems to be one or two cameras. There are not a lot of angles to the show just close-ups. Also the sound was very bad, and takes away from enjoying this overall. When I see a live video these days I feel that they need to work a little on the sound because so many other bands are pulling out the stops in this area. It sounds almost as if it was coming from only a handful of mics that were plugged into the board. None of the levels seem even and some sections there are ups and downs in volume.

My rating is based more on the quality of the piece than the band, as I give them credit for giving the fan base a double shot of their work. I am sure that the die hard fans of Pro-Pain are best served by this more than the casual listener. Yet there is always a chance that someone looking back on purveyors of the genre might enjoy seeing this.

Track Listing: Videos
1. Can You Feel It?
2. Down For The Cause
3. Substance
4. In For The Kill
5. Don’t Kill Yourself To Live
6. Time
7. State Of Mind
8. Make War Not Love
9. Pound For Pound

Track Listing: Concert
1. Pride
2. Make Some Noise
3. Fuck It
4. Draw Blood
5. Fed Up
6. Life’s Hard
7. Get Real
8. Stand Tall
9. Time Will Tell
10. In For The Kill
11. F.S.U.
12. Desensitize
13. Foul Taste Of Freedom
14. Shine
15. Make War Not Love
16. Political Suicide

Official Web site: http://www.pro-pain.com/

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