Pro-Pain - _Round 6_
(Century Media, 2001)
by: Matthias Noll (7 out of 10)
I have the feeling that the closer music gets to the very basic rock 'n' roll formula, the more I am able to tolerate a lack of innovation and progress. I'm not really able to explain why, but just look at AC/DC. Can it get any simpler and less adventurous than that? And still they enjoy well-deserved massive popularity and are respected for their stubbornness. I already made an AC/DC comparison in my last Pro-Pain review [CoC #38], but it is still valid -- maybe more than ever -- because Pro-Pain have made another record devoid of any changes to their old and well proven formula. The only exception, almost too small to mention, is the use of clean vocals on one chorus. Besides that, _Round 6_ is the typical, Gary Meskil-steered steamroller, perfectly constructed to crush everything in its path. This year's groove-metal attack is slightly more up-tempo than _Act of God_, but other than that there's really nothing to say that I haven't already mentioned in my review of that previous album. Just the thought of seeing them live with this record makes me salivate, and almost every track on _Round 6_ is a killer, but I can't help but wonder how much longer this formula is going to remain effective before even a fan like myself gets bored.

(article published 13/5/2001)

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