ALBUM STOCKHOLM RELEASE: DECEMBER 24, 2000 REVIEW: JANUARY 19, 2000
Pain is everywhere. It’s not often a Swedish industrial
artist gets this kind of backing from a major company. No doubt, the success of
bands like Rammstein and Marilyn Manson has opened the door.
Pain is a solo project by the respected producer Peter
Tägtgren. Almost every famous black metal gang has travelled to his Abyss
Studio. He has also released eight albums and toured the world with his band Hypocrisy.
I guess he is no celebrity among the Release readers though. “Rebirth” is his
second effort to incorporate metal and machines.
Mr Tägtgren describes his music like E-Type meets Metallica.
An accurate and good description if one wants to reach the masses and not the
people who has cared for industrial rock sounds for years on end. He claims
that he never liked electronic music before. And that there aren’t many artists
performing machine metal. Good morning to you.
This is Rammstein light without important balancing details
like whistles or computer game melodies. Or a Die Krupps echo seven long years
after “II – the Final Option”.
The problem is that I like “Rebirth”... The music’s not new,
but it’s very well made. This man knows what he’s doing. While many acts lose
themselves in all the sound mayhem, Tägtgren has put a lot of effort into
balancing the heavy and fat production. He also delivers real, down to earth
songs that are dangerously catchy.
So even though I’ve heard dozens of records like this, I don’t
mind after all.