PSYCHO — Pain Addict Pigs (review)

PSYCHO — Pain Addict Pigs album cover Album · 2011 · Death Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
Time Signature
All are dead...

Genre: old school death / black / thrash metal

The music on this release is very retro, and I think that some younger listeners may have to get used to the old school sound. Although Psycho primarily draw on traditional subgenres within metal and cannot be said to be very innovative, they do ensure that there is variation on this album as they successfully blend thrash riffage, old fashioned (in the positive sense) guitar solos, blastbeats, simple (again in the positive sense) death metal patterns and traditional metal configurations.

This stuff is raw an primitive, and it works brilliantly most of the time, but there are also elements which I find a bit silly, and their satanic horror lyrics is one such element - "Meat Slit Grinder", "Revenge of the Raging Whore", and "Dr. Satan" are probably aimed more at emotional and angry teenagers than an old bugger such as myself (I do like the title "Dr. Satan" though).

But, if you ignore the lyrics and other silly horror elements, then this is a pretty good release. I like the music itself, which is raw, primitive and retro but at the same time very varied - and perhaps my comment on lack of innovation above is actually imprecise, because their blending of extreme subgenres with more traditional and melodic elements could, if they continue down that road, in the future prove to be a very unique Psycho sound.

In all, this is a fine metal release which should appeal to fans of old school death, thrash and black metal. If you like Satanic horror lyrics, then you might be interested in this release, too.
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