Review by JD on September 8, 2016.
I have been saying this for a while and I am gonna say it again for those who are kind of thick headed or just stubborn in their thinking: thrash is not dead. A perfect case in point is this wicked old school styled thrash act from Long Island, New York that prove my point better than anyone.
Taking a whole shit load of inspiration from fellow East Coast thrashers Anthrax and the mighty Overkill as well, To the Pain does not scrimp on the thrash or the passion that is needed. With slashing solos and bludgeoning riffs, they prove that thrash is not dead.
I enjoy the feel that this band brings to the table. Old school fire melds so well with a freshness that adds to the power. Through the six songs, there is not one bad track – there is this strong comparison to older Anthrax going through, but To The Pain also have a handle of making it sound creative as well and not like a tribute band trying to write originals. It sometimes can muddy the line at times between original and sound alike, but more often than not it’s pretty outstanding.
This was one album that I enjoyed, but I might not listen to it many times. It was well made and well played, but in the end, my mind wanders to other albums as it usually does. Anyways, here is the rating.
Rating: 8 out of 10