Pro-Pain - _Run for Cover_
(Spitfire Records / Eagle Rock Entertainment, 2003)
by: Jackie Smit (5 out of 10)
With the veritable shitload of unnecessary and disposable cover albums currently littering record store shelves across the world, the thinking behind metallic hardcore veterans Pro-Pain's decision to throw their take on various classic bands into the fray is definitely something of a head-scratcher. More tangible even, the urge to burst out laughing at the accompanying press kit flyer stating that the record has a "penchant for the unpredictable". What, Slayer and Sepultura never unknowingly loaned these guys a riff or three in the past? And Black Flag and Agnostic Front -– surely they never had much of an influence on the Pro-Pain sound? _Leaders Not Followers_ this most definitely is not then. At the same time though, there's no denying the infectious fist-in-the-air stomp of "Nothing" -– originally a tune by Negative Approach -– or the classy interpretation of the Celtic Frost classic "Circle of the Tyrants", which goes some way toward making up for the near-blasphemous butchery of "South of Heaven". Ultimately, the purpose of this record more than anything is to remind the listener of just how great the originals are, and if it can motivate a few people to look out for a Discharge or Operation Ivy CD the next time they hit their local record store, then I suppose that Pro-Pain deserve at least half a thumbs-up.

(article published 28/8/2003)

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