Pro-Pain - _Contents Under Pressure_
(Energy Records, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
The follow-up to 1994's _The Truth Hurts_ by New York thrash-groovers Pro-Pain is amazing. From the opener "Crush", _Contents Under Pressure_ hits ya fast and furious with a deadly groove and harsh vocals provided by singer/bassist Gary Meskil, and _CUP_ just keeps the rage and momentum going till the bitter end. Sparked by the downfalls and the corruptive nature of society in general, Pro-Pain's third offering continues on where the band left off with _TTH_, with a dedicated pursuit of keeping the death-ish/hardcore vocals intact and on fire as well as the brutally honest lyrics, calling the album's ten songs home. Ideas and visions within songs like the title track, "Gunya Down", "Against the Grain", and the heavy "Political Suicide" get embedded deep into our skulls. Society and life isn't always pretty and the boys in Pro-Pain are making sure we remember that. Heavy duty noise from a band that has come a long way since the somewhat dismal debut album _Foul Taste of Freedom_ in 1992. Bands grow for the better sometimes and this is proof of it.

(article published 11/10/1996)

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