PAIN CONFESSOR - POOR MAN'S CROWN - MEGAMANIA
Pain Confessor is a relatively young Finnish band whose first release on Megamania is the current CD-single featuring the songs Poor Man's Crown and Lake Of Regret. The band is Finnish and, yes, does include a keyboardist, but it is not all bad. The band mixes plenty of heaviness and aggression into its Gothenburg-influenced thrash fest. Shades of Dark Tranquility and Children Of Bodom can be heard on both songs, as the band mixes heaviness and melody along with screamed and regular vocals. The aforementioned keyboardist is kept in the background too which is a positive. Pain Confessor is shortly releasing a full-length. This is rather good stuff. - Ali "The Metallian"
PAIN CONFESSOR - TURMOIL - MEGAMANIA
The prospects for the new Pain Confessor release seemed not good given the presence of a keyboardist. There was a surprise in store though, for Turmoil benefited from good riffs, aggressive music and a very competent singer. Furthermore, the band has wisely decided to relegate the keyboards to a strictly background status which often translates to no keyboards at all on a given song. In contrast, bassist Mikko has achieved a superbly distorted and blazing sound and on songs like Waste Of Good Suffering and Just Names Remain, to cite two examples, takes the songs to the next level. Given that fact and the thrashing aggression Pain Confessor's new album has indeed turned out to be a very good one. Fans of the Gothenburg sound will love it and were it not for the occasional synthesizer and clean vocalizing Turmoil would have been perfect. Still, this is a recommended album. - Ali "The Metallian"