Pro-Pain

Shreds of Dignity

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This disc finds the New York stalwarts making a slight return to the band's roots, melded with ideas of the nu-metal crowd. The seamless effect goes to show that Pro-Pain's early metalcore moments helped set a blueprint for the commercially acceptable fare nearly a decade later; however, both then and now, the group has always been more unabashedly metal. "No Way Out" stands out as being essentially a straightforward thrash number, led with a riff right out of 1985 and Gary Meskil's trademark Lemmy-gargling-with-battery-acid screams, and the title track might be the best song the band has penned, a pogo-stick-in-your-face guitar that alternates between fast and faster. Seven albums down the line, most artists are still hoping to be relevant. Pro-Pain goes beyond such meager ambitions with Shreds of Dignity, and teaches the young whippersnappers a thing or two in the process.

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