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    Posted: 18 Mai 2010 at 22:58
Aggressive, meticulous, passionate, righteous - all distinguishing traits that have come to symbolize the fundamentals of metal/hardcore pioneers PROPAIN.Since their crushing 1992 NAIRD nominated debut album "Foul Taste Of Freedom", PRO-PAIN have become a staple in the diets of heavy music listeners around the globe. Their successful and enviable career has perpetually prospered throughout its course, and yet they still manage to find room to improve, and more importantly, impress.

Their latest CD entitled "Absolute Power" is a true "Crossover" album in every sense of the word. Band vocalist / bassist Gary Meskil explains: "I began my musical career in 1982 as founding member and bass player for a pioneering New York "Crossover" band called Crumbsuckers. I knew back then that we were on to something important, as fans of our music would ultimately include the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Joe Satriani, Anthrax, Pantera, etc... Upon founding Pro-Pain in 1991, it was important for me as an artist to further enhance and expand the "Crossover" style, and we have continued that pledge by incorporating more and more unique and tastefully applied influences throughout the course of the past 19 years and 13 Pro-Pain studio albums. I think that we succeeded in spades on "Absolute Power" by creating a true "Crossover" album in 2010 in the modern day sense, not the retro sense".

Absolute Power was recorded at Little Creek Studio in Gelterkinden, Switzerland and was produced, engineered, and mixed by V.O. Pulver (GURD).

Pro-Pain lead guitarist Tom Klimchuck adds: "Considering that we have been self producing our own albums since 1996, it was a "breathe of fresh air" to be able to escape our element and to work with an outside producer again for the sake of doing something different. From the songwriting / arranging to the production to the performances, everyone involved did a great job and we are very proud to be able to deliver to the fans what we believe is a very unique, energetic, and diverse Pro-Pain album which encapsulates our artistic strong points in extremes ".

Songs like Unrestrained, Destroy The Enemy, and Stand My Ground (feat. Schmier from Destruction) bear all of the unmistakable Pro-Pain hardcore / metal trademarks, while Hell On Earth and Hate Coalition break new ground for the band by using newer influences, some of which were introduced to the band by new drummer Ricky Halverson (ex- Narcotic Self, Cellador, Stephen Pearcy's RATT). Gone Rogue is an obvious single, complete with infectious chorus and guest background vocals by Gianni Pontillo (Pure, Inc.) and Inga Pulver (Pulver) Absolute Power has broad appeal and potential, and has the absolute power to not only satisfy the bands die-hard fan base, but to attract new listeners and fans to their extensive catalog and energetic live performances.

Formed by vocalist/bassist Gary Meskil (ex-Crumbsuckers), New York-based PRO-PAIN have over the years benefited from substantial support from anever-growing and loyal fan base, the Metal Press, Hard Rock Radio, and MTV's Headbanger's Ball. With long term guitarist Tom Klimchuck and newer members Marshall Stephens (Rhythm Guitar) and Drummer Ricky Halverson, the band's worldwide catalog sales approaches one million units. Advance plans have the band set to tour the US and Europe extensively in support of "Absolute Power".

Genre: Hardcore
Label: AFM Records GmbH
Release Dates: 05.05.2010

Track Listing:
01. Unrestrained 3:47
02. Destroy The Enemy 4:47
03. Stand My Ground 3:38
04. Road To Nowhere 4:43
05. AWOL 2:49
06. Hell On Earth 4:57
07. Divided We Stand 1:48
08. Gone Rogue (I Apologize) 4:45
09. Rise Of The Antichrist 3:20
10. Hate Coalition 2:38

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