Paingod - _Paingod_
(Century Media, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (
I'll be honest with you about this LP. The self-titled debut album by Florida's metal outfit Paingod (formerly known as Raped Ape) has its moments. So you're wondering, 'Why such a high rating?', right? Well, to be truthful, when Paingod is 'ON' (which definitely outweighs the bland areas of the record), they really kick your ass. Tight, intense, and downright anger-inspired lyrics lash out at us with a strong groove and some hardcore elements intact, too. But when the album's material isn't chock full of monstrous and violent heaves of aggression we are left to waiting for another dose of intensity. Maybe this record should have been released as an EP? In my books, it would have been a better move to include such killer tracks as "Paingod", "Scream When You Burn", "Blind Vision", and "One and the Same" as an EP to keep the momentum strong and plentiful rather than a stop and start affair. Just a suggestion. A mixed bag of goods with some treats for all the metal kiddies out there.
(article published 5/13/1997)
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