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The musical display from veteran NYC hardcore metal squad Pro-Pain is as scathing as ever on their 13th studio offering ABSOLUTE POWER. Retaining the band’s trademark balance of barking hardcore anthems and groovy metallic melodies, Pro-Pain’s no frills ferocity and authentic crossover tendencies shine throughout this 10-track collection, chugging along with expected aggression (“Stand My Ground”, “AWOL”) while displaying the fearlessness to incorporate other heavy influences into their pummeling paradigm (“Hate Coalition”). Showcasing some dastardly fretwork with a slab of solid as ever songwriting, Pro-Pain keeps the pit active and the heads banging on their latest in a long line of triumphant metallic hardcore releases.
- Mike SOS