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Pain of Soul : The Cold Lament

If you ever wondered how a Doom band could sound with a Slam Death singer and a Brutal Death drummer, you could give Brazilian Pain Of Soul a try.

If it wasn’t for the name of the band members, you could mistake Pain Of Soul for another average melodic Doom/Death bands that Russia and Ukraine seem so fond of. As a matter of fact, Pain Of Soul are from Brazil, and they release here their first album, coming after two demos (2002 and 2004) and a single (2010).

The first thing that strikes is the drum sound: triggered drums... IN DOOM METAL? What did the producer think he was doing? Producing another band with Hellhammer playing in? Sometimes, that triggered sound of the bass drum feels so artificial that it made me think of a Doom band featuring a Brutal Death Metal drummer. Anyway, as said before, Pain Of Soul play here a rather average melodic Doom/Death mixed with some Gothic Metal parts (mostly the more melodic parts) and some Death Metal parts (some sped-up sections sound even as if driven by a double bass drum... blast beats?). The vocals are your usual Beauty and the Beast duet: Dani Martendal sometimes gives into some strong operatic themes, which doesn't really suit the music, neither symphonic nor very atmospheric. She is still a very capable singer (and her part in the opening of 'Ruhe Sanft' is damn good). The beast role is taken by guitarist/main writer Joel Sebold (his guttural growls are worthy of a Slam Death band) and the few guitar solos are dark enough to keep the band safe from any Gothic Metal clichés.

The main problem with this album is its severe lack of personality. There are ideas, some are good, others not that good; the musicianship is good for instance, but I've never felt actually moved or crushed, apart in some songs ('Ruhe Sanft' is definitely the best song of the album, with a wonderful acoustic part in the middle). If the music had some stronger atmospheric/mellow/symphonic edges, it’d suit the vocal range of Miss Martendal better (like in The 3rd and The Mortal, Virgin Black or Avrigus), and I think it’d improve the whole. Right now, all I hear is two different types of bands trying to simultaneously compose the same album. Everything on this first full-length points to the fact that Pain Of Soul can do better, and their forthcoming European tour in September should bring them the experience they very much need by confronting them with the most dangerous opponent they can face: an European crowd, accustomed to the best bands in the genre the Old World can offer.

If you're a romantic Doom/Death junkie in dire need of an extra dose, you can give Pain Of Soul a try. As for myself, this 'Cold Lament' will join the hordes of average albums that are gathering dust on my shelves.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Cold Lament
2. Nightscream
3. Damn Kingdom
4. Ruhe Sanft
5. Das Tal Des Vohlstandes
6. Sweet Suffering
7. Dark Lord

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

Visit the Pain of Soul bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-07-12 by Laurent Lignon
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