Time leaches almost every band’s unique sound more and more every release. With lineup changes, pressure from record companies, and the pursuit of fame, many bands slowly crumble. In a world regular humans are incapable of seeing, is a graveyard of bands metalheads used to like, before they sold out, or started to sound too much like pop music. Any one who’s traced a band’s discography from early demos to their latest music video steps carefully here. Learning that there is new music from your favorite artist can be bad news. There’s always a good chance that the tracks are poorly mixed, or worse–the vocals are layered and modified into oblivion. One’s darkest fear of all is that the new songs will sound closer to Kanye West than Metallica.
Peter Tagtgren has had a lot of success. Most people know him as the frontman for Hypocrisy, or through his solo project, PAIN. In the last year, he also released the album Skills in Pills with Till Lindemann of Rammstein, under the name Lindemann. Peter’s work, whether alone or with others, has earned him an international cult following that mostly lives online. When I heard the news, that there would be a new album and single, I wasn’t overly worried that the new stuff would be a nosedive in quality. Peter is capable of making diverse sounding music, but he understands that going in a new artistic direction means a new project, with a new name.
The new PAIN single, Black Knight Satellite, maintains the sound that fans recognise as PAIN. This is a relief. Black Knight Satellite will also be on the new album Coming Home. I am inferring from this, that the other tracks will sound similar. If the rest of Coming Home sounds like that, then we can all rest easy that PAIN hasn’t sold out. That being said, I urge you all to go listen to the new single, protected by the foreknowledge that it won’t be an utter disappointment.