Germany's P.A.I.N. Management likes to call their version of progressive metal on their debut Lobotomy, 'unique metal.' I'm not sure I'd go that far in my description as there are both conventional and modern elements in their music. Yet, the very fact that they can merge the heaviness and intensity of modern metal with the nuances of traditional melodic prog metal without coming across as harsh, overbearing, or common makes P.A.I.N. Management more than a little unconventional. The song Weak is a perfect example of this as these two elements converge into an almost radio-friendly sensibility.
But then again, songs like I Disagree, Serious, and Bleed Forgiveness usher in the intense strains of modern metal riffage over severely subtle and atmospheric keys and a rush of passionate vocals. Any youngster looking to the likes of Trivium, Shadows Fall or other current makers of modern metal will find a soul mate in P.A.I.N. Management. For the elegance and might of arena metal, Arpeggio and the following Dark Star will bring listeners to starry heights of head banging and fist-pumping. Keep you wits about you because Lobotomy is a solid disc of modern melodic progressive metal for the intelligent headbanger.
Keep you wits about you because P.A.I.N. Management's Lobotomy is a solid disc of modern melodic progressive metal worthy for the intelligent headbanger.
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