PAINFACE
Death Metal • United States

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This name was first used in 1992 when Shawn Crahan, Paul Gray, Patrick Nuewith and Anders Colsefini met in the so-called 'Basement Sessions'. They recorded two tapes from these sessions, both of which included songs 'Slipknot' and 'Gently', which later surfaced on Slipknot's independent debut Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.. In 1994, the band renamed to 'Slipknot'. Painface disbanded during the Slipknot's MFKR era. They became active again when Anders Colsefni left Slipknot. In 2000, with a vastly different line-up, they released the EP called 'On a Pale Horse and their only album to date - 'Fleshcraft' which only sold 1000 copies, as MFKR did in 1996. Painface later reformed in 2008, and released a new EP in 2013. They are currently working on a new studio album.

(Bio updated by Unitron on March 10th 2015.)
Thanks to Time Signature, Unitron for the updates

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FleshCraft
Death Metal 2000

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On a Pale Horse
Death Metal 2000
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Skullcrusher
Death Metal 2013

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PAINFACE Skullcrusher

EP · 2013 · Death Metal
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Painface-Skullcrusher

'Skullcrusher' is the second EP and third overall release by death/groove metal band Painface. After releasing their debut album 'Fleshcraft' in 2000, Painface went inactive up until they reformed in 2008. After hearing this short little EP from 2013, I'm fully convinced that Painface's upcoming new album will be a winner.

Unlike the more groove-oriented death sound of their debut, 'Skullcrusher' puts death at it's front sound mixing in thrash. This is heard in the opening 'Gunslinger' beginning with spoken word before intense fast riffing comes in. The chorus is extremely catchy with the chants of 'Gunslinger' and Anders Colsefini's low growls of 'Choose your firepower'. The title track is a double-bass filled track with gruesome Cannibal Corpse-esque lyrics. On 'Tlalocan' Greg Stravers gives an especially amazing drum performance with more then just double-bass. 'The Dominion' is probably my favorite, having all of the musicians being at their strongest.

Colsefini's vocals are probably among the most varied I've heard in death metal, being able to switch from some of the lowest growls to some of the highest-pitched screams. This is most heard on the final song 'The Dominion'.

Overall, I highly recommend this EP to any fans of death metal. It's a very strong EP with four very memorable songs, and nice to hear that the band has not lost any touch in the thirteen years they were away much less making something even better.

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