"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1992
From: New York, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active


Formed by Meskil (ex-Crumbsuckers), Pro-Pain released their debut Foul Taste of Freedom in 1992. The record was an instant success and has since soundscanned over 60,000 units. Successive albums, The Truth Hurts (1994), Contents Under Pressure (1996) and Pro-Pain (1998) saw sales growth continue with combined album sales in the US breaking 100,000 units. All Music Guide said of the band, "Pro-Pain has managed to carve a solid career niche for themselves, built upon a reliable mix of post-thrash precision, and the NYC hardcore code of ethics."

Latest Pro-Pain News

Below is our complete Pro-Pain news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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With Full Force Adds More Bands To 2018 Lineup

The organiser's of Germany's With Full Force festival has announced a further ten bands for next year's edition of the event. This includes Swedish veterans Entombed A.D., as well as Stick To Your Guns, Asking Alexandria, Thy Art Is Murder, Megaherz, Knocked Loose, Being As An Ocean, The Hirsch Effekt, Ze Gran Theft and Stray From The Path. The festival will take place from June 14 - 16 in Gräfenhainichen, Germany.

The current lineup now reads as follows: More...

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Pro-Pain Vocalist Assaulted In Brussels

Pro-Pain has officially cancelled upcoming tour dates after vocalist / bassist Gary Meskil was violently assaulted and robbed in Brussels earlier this week. The band issued this update via Facebook:

"This past Monday night, Gary was the victim of a robbery and attempted murder in Brussels. He was pick-pocketed of cash, credit card, and passport, struck on the head with an ice pick and then subsequently attacked by a gang of individuals.

"The police have confiscated more than one weapon and they have established the identities of some of the suspects. Gary was quickly admitted to ICU after suffering head trauma (including several fractures to his face and jaw) and massive blood loss.

"Since then he has stabilized and is trying his best to recover, but future surgery may be necessary. We regret to inform the fans that the shows scheduled for Roeselare (July 7th) and Osnabruck (July 8th) are now officially cancelled.

"We will make sure to keep you all informed of any other cancellations and on Gary's progress. Thanks for your support at this difficult time." More...

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Pro-Pain Becomes The "Voice Of Rebellion"

Pro-Pain released a new video clip for the song "Voice of Rebellion." The song is the title track of the band's latest album, which was issued back in June via SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The video, which was produced by Kirk Farrington, can be viewed here:

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting Reveals Full Lineup

With the addition of Pro-Pain, Soulburn, and Komah, the line-up for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2016 is now complete. The eighth edition of the annual metal meeting is set to take place December 16th & 17th, 2016 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The organization is furthermore proud to reveal the daily schedule of the festival. Single day tickets are going on sale Monday, the 1st of August 2016. The full festival billing is as follows:

Aura Noir (NO)
Archgoat (FI)
Batushka (PL)
Benighted (FR)
Bleeding Gods (NL)
Bölzer (CH)
Burning Hatred (NL)
Caronte (IT)
Cirith Gorgor (NL)
Destruction (DE)
Der Weg Einer Freiheit (DE)
Emptiness (BE)
Endstille (DE)
Enthroned (BE)
General Surgery (SE)
Gutalax (CZ)
Hail Of Bullets (NL – featuring David Ingram [ex-Benediction, Bolt Thrower[ on vocals)
Harakiri For The Sky (AT)
Hell (UK)
Insanity Reigns Supreme (BE)
Illdisposed (DK)
Komah (BE)
Mantar (DE)
Mayhem (NO – ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’ will be played in its entirety!)
Memoriam (UK – featuring band members from Bolt Thrower, Cerebral Fix and Benediction)
Moonspell (PT – Special setlist based on the 'Wolfheart' and 'Irreligious' albums!)
Necrophagia (US – pre-party)
Pro-Pain (US)
Protector (SE)
Schammasch (CH)
Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench (AT - pre-party)
Seth (FR)
Soulburn (NL)
Tiamat (SE)
Toxic Waltz (DE)
Valkyrja (SE)
Watain (SE – Exclusive BeNeLux show & unique 'Casus Luciferi' setlist!)
Wederganger (NL) More...

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Pro-Pain To Tour U.S./Europe, Catalog Re-Releases

SPV/Steamhammer and Gary Meskil have recently signed a worldwide deal for the back-catalogue of Pro-Pain. The first two legendary albums "Foul Taste Of Freedom" and "The Truth Hurts" will be the first to be reissued (digipak and LP versions). These massive re-releases will hit the streets on May 27th, 2016. More details are coming soon.

In other related news, Pro-Pain announced the band's first North American Tour in nearly 7 years. The tour is scheduled to commence on May 31st at Churchill's in Miami Fl. A European Tour has also been scheduled for the summer, to further commemorate 25 Years of Pro-Pain and to celebrate the re-release of their first two groundbreaking albums "Foul Taste Of Freedom" and "The Truth Hurts".

North American Tour 2016 dates are as follows:

5/31: Miami, FL @ Churchills
6/1: Orlando, FL @ The Haven
6/2: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
6/3: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
6/4: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
6/5: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
6/6: Reading, PA @ Reverb
6/7: New York, NY @ Santos Party House
6/8: Amityville, NY @ Revolution
6/9: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
6/10: Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
6/11: Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
6/12: Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
6/13: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
6/14: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom More...

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Pro-Pain Enters The "Age Of Disgust"

Pro-Pain's new album "Voice Of Rebellion" will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on June 23rd in North America and today the song "Age of Disgust" comes online. Check it out below, thanks to MetalInsider.net.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Corey Williams at Sound Lounge Recordings (Venice, Florida), "Voice Of Rebellion" features the following 14 punishing tracks:

1. Voice Of Rebellion
2. No Fly Zone
3. Righteous Annihilation
4. Souls On Fire
5. Take It To The Grave
6. Age Of Disgust
7. Bella Morte
8. Cognitive Dissonance
9. Blade Of The Cursed
10. Crushed To Dust
11. Enraged
12. Hellride
13. DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)
14. Fuck This Life More...

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Pro-Pain Releasing "Voice Of Rebellion"

Aggressive, meticulous, passionate, righteous - all distinguishing traits that have come to symbolize the fundamentals of metal/hardcore pioneers Pro-Pain.

Since the band's crushing 1992 NAIRD-nominated debut album "Foul Taste Of Freedom," Pro-Pain has become a staple in the diets of heavy music listeners around the globe up through latest (and 15th) studio effort entitled "Voice Of Rebellion."

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Corey Williams at Sound Lounge Recordings (Venice, Florida), "Voice Of Rebellion" features 14 punishing tracks. Production credits are shared by Williams and Pro-Pain main man Gary Meskil.

"This time around, I decided to get back into assisting with certain aspects of production, and we are thrilled with the end result. Corey is a young and talented engineer/producer, and the sonic brutality we collectively achieved speaks for itself (in my opinion)," says Meskil.

Lead guitarist Adam Phillips states: "The writing process for Voice Of Rebellion was a complete collaborative effort, unlike it's predecessor. So, the end result is a multi-dimensional onslaught of heaviness." More...

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Enslaved And Pro-Pain Added To Bloodstock

Feeling the winter chill creeping in? Bloodstock to the rescue then, with three more bands announced to get you hot under the collar.

Norwegian extremists Enslaved are added to Bloodstock’s Main Stage next summer. With a new album due in March 2015 via Nuclear Blast, expect to bang your head to some brand new tunes. Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson states:

“We’ve been to Bloodstock once before in 2009, and not only did we understand then why it has become the most important UK Metal festival – but it has grown to mammoth-proportions since. In sum; what an absolute pleasure and honour to be invited back. We like to think that we too have developed somewhat; having a few new, pretty awesome albums and world tours under our (over-stretched) belts. We can’t wait to come and show the Bloodstock crowd what we’ve been up to. To quote one of our spiritual beacons; General Melchett: 'If nothing else works, a total pig-headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see us through.'"

Hailing from the frozen wilds of Finland, folk metal six-piece Korpiklaani is set to join the fray in a UK exclusive appearance. Guitarist Country Cane tells us; "After having great fun and sold out shows ?with our good friends in Sabaton and TÝR, we are excited to be back in the UK to play Bloodstock in 2015. We plan to return and get the crowds singing and dancing Korpiklaani style on our next rock n roll adventure.” More...

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Pro-Pain Releases Music Video For "Deathwish"

New York's Pro-Pain have issued a music video for the new track "Deathwish." The song appears on the band's upcoming release "The Final Revolution," which is out on November 22nd (Germany), November 25th (EU) and December 3rd (North America) via Steamhammer/SPV Records.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Deathwish
2. One Shot One Kill
3. Southbound
4. Problem Reaction Solution
5. The Final Revolution
6. Can't Stop The Pain
7. All Systems Fail
8. Want Some?
9. Fall From Grace
10. Emerge
11. Mass Extinction
12. Under The Gun
13. Life's Hard (Live 2010) (Bonus Track - Digi)
14. Get Real (Live 2010) (Bonus Track - Digi)
15. Party In Paris (UK Subs cover) (Bonus Track - Digi)

The video was directed by Kirk Farrington. Check out "Deathwish" here: More...

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Pro-Pain Reveals New Album Details

Pro-Pain is set to release new studio album "The Final Revolution" on November 25th, 2013 (Germany: November 22nd, 2013; US/Canada: December 3rd, 2013). The track listing is as follows:

1. Deathwish
2. One Shot One Kill
3. Southbound
4. Problem Reaction Solution
5. The Final Revolution
6. Can't Stop The Pain
7. All Systems Fail
8. Want Some?
9. Fall From Grace
10. Emerge
11. Mass Extinction
12. Under The Gun
13. Life's Hard - Live 2010 (bonus track digi)
14. Get Real - Live 2010 (bonus track digi)
15. Party In Paris - UK Subs cover (bonus track digi)

"The Final Revolution" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by V.O. Pulver (Gurd) at Little Creek Studio in Gelterkinden, Switzerland from August 18th to August 29th, 2013.

The standard release will feature twelve brand-new tracks. There will be other configurations available as well, in the form of a Digipak and a Gatefold Album. The Digipak will contain bonus material (including live tracks plus a UK Subs cover) and a foldout poster. Catch the band live: More...

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Pro-Pain Signs To SPV/Steamhammer Records

New York based metal/hardcore veterans, Pro-Pain has announced that they have signed a new record deal with German label, SPV/Steamhammer, through which they will release a new studio album later this year.

A&R Steamhammer Olly Hahn stated: "I already worked with Gary together in the 90s and it was a pleasure to see how dedicated he is for his band and the metal/hardcore family in general. Pro-Pain stands always for energetic music and live performances and I´m looking forward to a new masterpiece in the fall 2013!"

Band leader and founder Gary Meskil added: "We are very happy and proud to be part of the SPV/ Steamhammer family! They have a long history of bringing quality thrash to the masses, and so we look forward to releasing some devastatingly brutal new music via this partnership."

The band will be embarking on a European tour next month which will keep them on the road until March, before starting work on their next album.

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Pro-Pain Posts Tour Dates

New York hardcore metal legends Pro-Pain have posted their tour dates they will be heading out on shortly with special guests Undivided and Hemlock. Pro-Pain is touring in support of its new album "Straight to the Dome," which will be released Sept. 7th on Sunny Bastards/Goomba Music, with distribution through Nuclear Blast. You may sample all eleven tracks over on the Nuclear Blast website.

PRO-PAIN 2012 Tour
w/guests Undivided & Hemlock

30.08.2012 Berlin (D) K17
31.08.2012.Slany (CZ) Rock na Valniku Festival
01.09.2012 Bad Lauchstadt (D) Die Goethestadt Rockt Vol ll Festival
02.09.2012 Pforzheim (D) Bottich
05.09.2012 Munchen (D) Backstage
06.09.2012 Lyss (CH) Kufa
08.09.2012 Bischofswerda (D) Morbides Festival
09.09.2012 Mnichovo Hradiste (CZ) Vostrov
10.09.2012 Prague (CZ) Modra Vopice
11.09.2012 Trebic (CZ) Club-B
12.09.2012 Havirov (CZ) Stolarna
13.09.2012 Jena F-Haus (D)
14.09.2012 Roermond (NL) ECI Cultuurfabriek
16.09.2012 Drachten (NL) Iduna Matinee Show
18.09.2012 Marburg (D) KFZ
19.09.2012 Cottbus (D) Gladhouse
20.09.2012 Hemeln (D) Sumpfplume 21 09.2012 Essen (D) Endzeit Festival
22.09.2012 Bad Salzungen (D) Pressenwerk


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Pro-Pain Announces "20 Years Of Hardcore" Tour

Pro-Pain will soon be releasing a CD/DVD collection titled "20 Years Of Hardcore," and the band has now announced new tour dates in support of the release. Support on the European trek will come from Undivided, Soulline, and Morrigu. The currently announced dates are as follows:

07.10.2011 VOSSELAAR (BE) Biebob
08.10.2011 DEN HAAG (NL) Paard
09.10.2011 LUENEN (D) Luekaz
10.10.2011 TILBURG (NL) Little Devil
11.10.2011 HANNOVER (D) Mephisto
12.10.2011 BERLIN (D) K17
13.10.2011 RUSSELSHEIM (D) Das Rind
14.10.2011 REICHENBACH (D) E-Werk
15.10.2011 BREZNO (SK) Bombura Club
16.10.2011 BUDAPEST (HU) Durer Kert
17.10.2011 LJUBLJANA (SLO) Menza Pri Koritu
19.10.2011 SARAJEVO (BIH) Sloga Cinemas
20.10.2011 ZABOK (HRV) Regenerator
21.10.2011 CLUJ NAPOCA (RO) Irish & Music Club
22.10.2011 IASI (RO) Underground
23.10.2011 BUCHAREST (RO) Wings Club
24.10.2011 BELGRADE (SRB) TBA
25.10.2011 SAN DONÁ DI PIAVE (IT) Revolver Club
26.10.2011 ZURICH (CH) Dynamo
27.10.2011 AUGSBURG (D) Kantine
28.10.2011 VROOMSHOOP (NL) Front
29.10.2011 KERKRADE (NL) Rock Temple

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Pro-Pain Posts "20 Years Of Hardcore" Trailer

Pro-Pain has just released a trailer to promote the band's new CD/DVD collection, "20 Years Of Hardcore," which hits officially the streets in North America this Tuesday, August 30th. Check it out below.

The CD kicks off with four brand new tracks to get things moving, and the disc also contains four re-recorded tracks (featuring Pro-Pain alumni Rob Moschetti, JC Dwyer, Mike Hanzel and Eric Klinger), cover songs, and a fourteen-song live set filmed in the Czech Republic, in total bearing over 78 minutes of material. The DVD that joins the disc contains over 90 minutes of additional material, including tons of live footage featuring several full concerts, as well as fan-filmed footage and tons of extras.

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Pro-Pain Announces "20 Years Of Hardcore"

New York metal/hardcore outfit Pro-Pain is celebrating its twentieth year of existence in 2011. The band's massive back-catalog bears thirteen full-lengths and a plethora of other releases including singles, DVDs, a live album, and two greatest hits compilations to date.

Pro-Pain has now unveiled the details for a special release designed specifically in celebration of its twenty-year anniversary: the CD/DVD combo appropriately titled "20 Years Of Hardcore." Set for North American release on August 30th, 2011 via AFM Records, the CD kicks off with four brand new tracks to get things moving.

The disc also contains four re-recorded tracks (featuring Pro-Pain alumni Rob Moschetti, JC Dwyer, Mike Hanzel and Eric Klinger), cover songs, and a fourteen-song live set filmed in the Czech Republic, in total bearing over 78 minutes of material. The DVD that joins the disc contains over 90 minutes of additional material, including live footage featuring several full concerts, as well as fan-filmed footage and extras.

The "20 Years Of Hardcore" track listing is as follows: More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting: Day Three

After the grey and miserable weather the day before, it was nice to awake on the final day of Graspop and be greeted with plenty of sunshine. While that may not have been the most metal sentence I have ever written, the roster of bands on display may well have been the most extreme of the weekend.

Like the previous day, we wasted a little time in the campsite before heading into the main area to catch the second main stage band, in today's case, Canadian heavy metal heroes, Anvil. Of course, everyone knows the story of Anvil by now, and perhaps that's made this set such a special one. From the opening guitar shrieks of "March Of The Crabs/666" there were smiles all around, not least from frontman Steve "Lips" Kudrow. The fact that everyone could see how much fun the band were having made the fans enjoy it all the more, which I'm sure in turn only fueled the smiles on the faces of Anvil. It might seem a strange word to use to describe a performance from a metal band, but Anvil are a really fun live experience. It's impossible to watch them and not headbang or raise the horns. Kudrow's interaction with the crowd is simply great, not least because he doesn't patronise the audience with cliche lines like "Are you ready to party?" I was also impressed by his ability to perform his guitar duties flawlessly, while still singing. Drummer Rob Reiner and bassist Glenn Five also deserve alot of credit, as their skills were on full display today, particularly Reiner's during, "White Rhino." Having only a fairly short set, only three songs from the group's new album, "Juggernaut Of Justice" were performed today, namely the title track, "On Fire" and "New Orleans Voodoo," but they all went down well with the crowd, who did their best to sing along to the latter. Another highlight came during Kudrow's guitar solo, which he did by playing his axe with a vibrator. An unorthodox method, but effective. As one might expect, they closed their set with the anthemic, "Metal On Metal," which went down a treat for all viewing. While they may not be the greatest heavy metal band to ever grace the Earth, they might well be one of the most enjoyable and were a great way to start the day.

It was then over to Marquee 2 for a little crossover thrash from D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles.) There were plenty of old school thrashers in attendance for them, complete with upturned caps and white shoes, and they all seemed to enjoy what they were witnessing. As much as I've always liked the band and crossover in general, I found watching them for as long as I did to be a little much, as most songs follow a similar formula, resulting in the performance getting a little boring after a short while. It seems I was not alone in this opinion, as there were plenty who came in to watch, then left after a couple of songs. D.R.I. are, like Anvil, all about having fun, but they don't possess the same stage presence. Songs like "Snap/I'd Rather Be Sleeping" and "Asleep At The Wheel" are always good to hear, but they felt rather tame today. Perhaps it would be better to catch them in a small club setting, because they weren't able to make it work in the Marquee. More...

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Pro-Pain Comments On The Departure Of Guitarist

Pro-Pain has posted the following statement online in response to the departure of Guitarist Tom Klimchuck:

"It is with great sadness that we bring to you (the fans) the following news: Due to unexpected circumstances regarding some potentially serious health issues, our longtime lead guitarist and dear friend Tom Klimchuck will unfortunately have to put his musical endeavors on hold for at least the foreseeable future.

"Although we all wanted so much for Tom to be able to participate in the 20-year anniversary tours, we collectively decided that it was too risky and that his health and family should take precedence. Thankfully, (with Tom's blessing), we have found a replacement in Adam Phillips (Indorphine) and so the tours will move forward as planned. The fans can expect a great show, as we have quite an ambitious set list lined up for them.

"We welcome Adam aboard and we wish Tom a speedy and full recovery.

"Thank you all for your support during this difficult time and transition, and special thanks to Tom for his many years of flawless commitment to our beloved band (this tour's for you). We hope to see you all at the gigs!!"

A statement from Klimchuck can be read at this location.

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Pro-Pain Parts Ways With Guitarist

Pro-Pain's guitarist Tom Klimchuck has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band:

"Although thoroughly saddened by the realization that my time in Pro-Pain is at its end, I look back with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and pride. The band has been an absolute blessing to me.

"It has provided a platform with which to fight the good fight, and bring inspiration through commonality to people all around the world. All the while offering countless, magical experiences that most can only dream of.

"I owe a massive 'Thank you!' to Gary, Marshall, Ricky, and Adam, as well as all previous members, and crew past and present; my brothers. It has been a privilege sharing the stage, and sharing so many incredible times with you all. These are the fabric of our souls, and you are all irreversibly woven into mine.

"A very special 'Thank you.' goes out to all the Pro-Pain fans. It is a powerful thing to watch a large group of people, seemingly strangers to one another, find common ground, and even inspiration in something I have put my heart and soul into. This is the show you have given me as I've looked out from the stage to all of you, and the gift you have given me that I will have forever. I am eternally grateful."

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Pro-Pain's New Album Streaming Online

Today PRO-PAIN's entire new full-length, "Absolute Power," is currently streaming on Stereokiller.com. "Absolute Power," the band's thirteenth album, is due out in North America on September 28th, via Regain Records and features ten songs.

The band will be hitting Europe heavily this fall on a month-long October/November tour, and will have more tour announcements in support of "Absolute Power" announced through the new year.

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Pro-Pain Updates North American Album Release

A new North American release date for the latest full-length album from Pro-Pain has been set for September 28th, via Regain Records. The new album, entitled "Absolute Power," is the thirteenth studio full-length from the American crossover act. The "Absolute Power" track listing is as follows:

1. Unrestrained
2. Destroy The Enemy
3. Stand My Ground [featuring Schmier from Destruction]
4. Road To Nowhere
6. Hell On Earth
7. Divided We Stand
8. Gone Rogue (I Apologize)
9. Rise Of The Antichrist
10. Hate Coalition

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