DANCING WITH THE DEAD
ALBUM STOCKHOLM RELEASE:
JANUARY 26, 2005 REVIEW: JANUARY 13, 2005
techno, more metal, better songs. There you have it, my short review of
Pain’s new album “Dancing with the Dead”. But let's take a closer look.
If you don’t
like metal, stay out of this text, but if you can appreciate heavy guitar
driven songs with killer choruses, you will find this album worth your
It opens with a fantastic trio of compositions, with “The
Same Old Song” being among the cream of the crop, and also deservedly
chosen as the first single. Then the album basically keeps it up throughout,
although it loses momentum at times during some fillers. The dancable and
simply marvellous “Not Afraid to Die” is possibly my favourite,
with its pummelling rhythms, piano laden melodies and a hit feeling that
makes me want to bet that it’s the next single.
That said, the wall of sound that characterizes every track gets a bit
tiring after a while, and Peter’s singing sounds pretty similar
in every song. But hey, Peter Tägtgren has made a superb party-techno-metal
album, so who am I to complain? Just listen to “Not Afraid to Die”
again and again and bang your head with a smile.