THE FINAL REVOLUTION
In almost every subgenre of heavy metal, there's a band where you just know what you are going to get before you ever listen to a note of new music from the band. In hard rock, it's AC/DC. In modern rock/metal, it would be Disturbed. In death metal, you could point to Six Feet Under, Cannibal Corpse or just about anyone else. In hardcore, it's definitely Pro-Pain. Before ever playing a single note of THE FINAL REVOLUTION, I had the strongest idea of what was coming. Needless to say, my hunch was correct. THE FINAL REVOLUTION is exactly as advertised. It's violent. It's a clear spit into the face of authority. In short, it's Pro-Pain.
The lineup may change all the time, but there's no denying that if Gary Meskil is involved and is the primary songwriter, the music is always going to sound EXACTLY like what you have here on THE FINAL REVOLUTION. To hear songs like "One Shot, One Kill", you can imagine this being on any release throughout the band's entire career. Every song here is a definitive middle finger to authority, the government, and humankind at large. It all works, to be honest.
Vocally, Meskil sounds like Meskil sounds. He's a guttural rager who gains intensity by trying to outscream the guitars on each and every song. He's successful most times, including on each song on THE FINAL REVOLUTION. Songs like "The Final Revolution" showcase Meskil at his best; just spitting hatred toward a society that has fallen apart and needs a good kick in the nuts so it gets it's act together.
The revolving door that is Pro-Pain has continued in the last few years. That said, today's lineup is pretty solid. Guitarists Adam Phillips and Marshall Stephens do as good a job of creating the galloping riffs that drive the music as any combination of guitarists did before them. On drums, Jonas Sanders has become the 8th drummer to sit behind the Pro-Pain kit, and he's as good as any of them. Songs like "Can't Stop The Pain: could have been placed on any release in the band's career without sounding wildly different, heavier, or out of place.
PITRIFF RATING - 82/100 - If there's an issue with this release, it's that the production is a bit too dirty for my liking. While Pro-Pain has never been a band steeped in crazy studio polish, THE FINAL REVOLUTION sounds more like a recording at a soundcheck than a true studio effort. It's not ST. ANGER bad by any stretch, but when played against most of the other material being released today, there's a stark contrast production-wise. That said, the songs are as strong as ever, and won't disappoint anyone that's been on board with the band for any of their two decades. THE FINAL REVOLUTION rocks.