The Best of Pro-Pain

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All of the albums that Pro-Pain recorded in the early to late '90s are worth owning, but if you were limited to one Pro-Pain purchase, The Best of Pro-Pain would be the logical choice. The 14-song CD draws on Pro-Pain's first three albums: 1992's Foul Taste of Freedom, 1994's The Truth Hurts, and 1996's Contents Under Pressure, all of which went for an unapologetically brutal style of heavy metal/thrash/alternative rock. The recognizable New York band chose to call its musical assault "hardcore" rather than metal, but while gems like "Switchblade Knife," "The Truth Hurts," and "Denial" (which features rap innovator Ice-T) are greatly influenced by punk, Pro-Pain is very much a metal band. The thing that makes Pro-Pain's music so intense is its use of density; while mainstream metallers like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio, and Black Sabbath combined melody with brute force, Pro-Pain uses consistent density to make the listener feel as though he or she has just consumed an extra large dose of caffeine. This is one CD that will never be mistaken for easy listening.

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