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Addicted To Pain - "Addicted To Pain" (CD)

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"Addicted To Pain" track listing:

1. Hear N Now
2. Trust Me
3. Abigail
4. Going Going Gone

Reviewed by on December 3, 2010

"Gregory Nash's drumming on 'Going Going Gone' is particularly good, in a way that's reminiscent of Anthrax's Charlie Benante."

With their self-titled EP, New York rockers Addicted To Pain have created a solid, if not entirely addictive thrash experience.

Certainly, on the disc's best track, "Abigail," the band gets just about everything right. Gregory Nash lets loose with some great machine-gun drumming while singer/guitarist plays a slightly punky riff and delivers vocals in a style reminiscent of some unholy offspring of John Bush and Phil Anselmo.

Unfortunately, the rest of the tracks — particularly the Pantera-esque opener "Hear N Now" and the grinding "Trust Me" — though not bad, can't quite measure up. At least "Hear N Now" features a good guitar solo from Curley, though it's buried a bit low in the mix for my liking.

Fortunately, on the fourth and final track, "Going Going Gone," the band manages to keep some of the momentum from "Abigail" going. Gregory Nash's drumming on "Going Going Gone" is particularly good, in a way that's reminiscent of Anthrax's Charlie Benante.

If you're looking for a no-frills thrash experience, I'd prescribe a dose of Addicted To Pain. For myself, though, I'm hoping that when the band records a full length — and they've earned the right to do that with this EP — they add just a few more bells and whistles like the solo on "Hear N Now."

Highs: "Abigail" and "Going Going Gone"

Lows: The first two tracks, "Hear N Now" and "Trust Me" feel a bit generic.

Bottom line: A solid, if sometimes generic thrash disc.

Rated 3 out of 5 skulls
3 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)