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Pain of Soul : Live in Pain

This is nice. There certainly seems to be a lack of live albums released by doom metal bands... and those which are usually released, tend to suffer from band production, and sound quality. Well, although the sound quality and production on this live demo could certainly be better, it is still plesant to listen to... and seeing how Pain of Soul are an unsigned band, the slight hit in quality can certainly be excused.

One thing, however, I can't excuse is the flute (is it even a flute? ...it sounds more like a cheap recorder) playing on the opening intro, 'Devil Infance'. The player does hit the wrong note, a few times, and it hurts the ears. Mercifully, this is the only time this instrument is heard... and the intro is short, which means the disc gets to the good stuff quicker.

Right from the first 'real' track, 'Pain of Soul' (...fascination for having songs that are the same as the band name aside) it's clear that the male vocal plays a much bigger role this time around. Indeed, for the first half of this song, it is almost as if the vocal roles have switched, as the female vocals are used more for backup now, than actual leads (of which though, there still are many, but much, much less than on the 'Morpheus' demo). This is a nice change, though personally, I would've preferred the male vocal to stay as backup... then again, this could just be the band acting more 'metal' for the live act, to get the adrenaline going, as the other tracks go back to having the female vocal more in front.

Overall, for those who enjoyed the band's demo, this would be a nice 'extra' to pick up, as it gives one a chance to hear the band in a live setting. However, if you have yet to hear Pain of Soul, pass this up, and get a hold of the demo first.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Devil Infance
2. Pain of Soul
3. The Cold Lament
4. Dementiae
5. Desert's Flowers

Duration : Approx. 30 minutes

Visit the Pain of Soul bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Matt Zuchowski
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