Music Reviews

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Artist: PAINBASTARD (@)
Title: No Need To Worry
Format: CD
Label: Accession-Records (@)
Distributor: Indigo
Rated: *****
Sooner than expected Alex P of PAINBASTARD returns with complete new studio recording. 15 new hard ripping EBM/Electro smasher are on here and wait for you to get discovered. The main difference to his last year’s second full-length "Overkill" can be found globally in the wider integration of different music styles. Sure, tracks like "When The Rats Desert The Sinking Ship", "Lebe Deinen Traum" or "The Time Is Ripe!" are hard-pounding aggressive PAINBASTARD tunes featuring some thick Endtime-like melodious synth layers and distorted vocals. But the generally outstanding pieces can be found in between. Check out the minimal, almost retro-like EBM cut "Kinky Species" (somehow the track list has a mistake...) with a vocal performance reminding strong on a veteran act like the Swedish POUPPEE FABRIKK. You can also find some aggressive and filled with aggressive guitar assaults pieces here like the angry "Mother", another stylistic change Alex has introduced us to on his last "Overkill" album, which got here a fine and better development. Other musically outstanding piece with some decent piano lines is "Torn" featuring a smooth lead vocal performance by Thomas Wendt of DIORAMA – a totally difference to the usually PAINBASTARD stuff. Two remix works are featured as well, the legendary FEINDFLUG have laid their hands on "Sternentanz", while C. Hermodsson of S.P.O.C.K./BIOMEKKANIK has worked on "Poison For Your Soul". It should be also mentioned that Alex seems to walk with opened eyes through his life and area and he seems to filter out especially the negative points like the currently corrupted political situation in Germany with a down the drain going social system, tolerance against foreigners with a critical view on religious ideologies, and so on. "No Need To Worry" therefore seems to be a ventilate for him to let out all his rage and saved aggression. And indeed – the tough and hammering "in-your-face-attitude" keeps this project and its machinery warm and offers some pounding results. Excellent done again, featuring a wider musically diversity.



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