Pain Runs Deep "Whispered Truths" 7"Posted on Monday, February 21st, 2011 @ 5:09am » permalink
The latest from The Essence Records sees Pain Runs Deep dropping their first recorded output since reforming in 2008 after a lengthy hiatus (their debut EP came out way back in 1998). And an impressive return it is, with four new tracks of inventive metallic hardcore said to be "inspired by their favorite early-90's jams like Conviction or Burn". I wouldn't say either of those influences is too obvious (the end result actually reminds me of Edgewise with a little more creativity and more consistent songwriting), but if you're gonna draw influences from somewhere, that's a damn fine place to start. Expect lots of winding rhythms and cool post-hardcore dissonance (without abandoning chunky riffs or aggression), and some great interaction between differing guitar parts. I'd love to hear more bass in the mix, 'cause it sounds like they're doing some interesting things in that department as well – alongside the energetic drumming. What strikes me the most, though, are the unique vocals that actually have their own recognizable character that stands apart from the norm. It's really refreshing at this point in time to hear a hardcore vocalist that actually has an individual identity. Very cool. I wasn't familiar with Pain Runs Deep before now, but I'll have to track down their other EP, 'cause this shit rules.
In addition to coming with a download code, the 7" packaging also includes an awesome essay by former Burn/Orange 9mm frontman Chaka Malik, which is another nice touch, so be sure to pick one up while you still can if you're into it!