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Report an error on this page. Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or Album). The die was cast, and death metal was never going to be the same again transforming into a challenging form of musical expression. You would expect an album like this to appear from The Land of the Thousand Lakes Finland that is that churned out the most left-hand-path acts on the scene Nomicon, Demilich, Stone, Maple Cross, Airdash, etc. In other words, the album reviewed here is a gem, one of the post-pinnacles of the progressive death metal movement.
The guys had made a huge step forward compared to the debut with the strong intention on being the spokesmen of the Norwegian death metal fraternity regardless of how small it was at the time.
This break expanded to a nearly decade-long hiatus when the entire line-up emerged under the name Cadaver Inc. Hallucinating Anxiety had technically already been released through Earache Records, or rather Necrosis, a short-lived sub-imprint run by Carcass members; but for its followup In Pains, the Norwegian band was shifted over to the primary label.
This increase in visibility, and also availability, coincided with a more professional, tightened direction for the group musically, and thus it's no shock that the sophomore was the disc to land them onto the radars of the underground death metal audience, who had begun expanding their collections as the genre truly took off with a number of important releases in the early 90s.
Quite like the previous album, In Pains was hardly pursuing the most unique of identities, but where Hallucinating Anxiety fused a smattering of influences into a grisly, primitive and In Distortion - Cadaver - .In Pains (CD melting pot, its followup was more or less standing in the shadow of the Floridian band Death, who had at this point released their highly popular Human.
In Pains is no direct bite off that record, but it's similar in structure. I'd characterize it as a more simplistic alternative to Human or Spiritual Healing, with a lot less guitar finesse, melody and lead-work, and a few mildly inventive embellishments in instrumentation: flutes, double bass, etc.
The 'progressive' influence isn't quite so overt or spastic as a Cynic or Atheist, but it's largely felt through the swerving bass performance or the slightly jammy, dissonant nature inherent to several of the bridge sections. By and large, In Distortion - Cadaver - .In Pains (CD, it's pretty much pure death metal, alternating between palm muted chugging and the expected tremolo picked patterns.
Both were present In Distortion - Cadaver - .In Pains (CD the debut, but to be blunt In Pains is different enough due to its increased production standards that the two discs might as well be from separate bands. The UK influences like Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death and Carcass have been all but erased; you might hear a few similarities to Necroticism, perhaps, but that cruddy feeling, that grime, and that grind have been sacrificed in favor of a tighter, controlled, bass-heavy mix which was far more accessible to the death metal initiate, or the more musically demanding following who were already In Distortion - Cadaver - .In Pains (CD.
Gone are the repulsive, distorted bass-lines, and replaced with a more pulsing, pumping fusion, jazz or funk influenced tone that competes with the drums and rhythm guitar for volume. Ole's vocals aren't much different than before, but the syllabic structures feel a bit more blunt and slack.
His drumming, on the other hand, is better balanced and engineered, with more prevalent bass than the debut. Some of the power and charm has been leached out of them, and the construction of the riffs doesn't lend itself to much intensity, since there is a taut but lazy playfulness to the album which is like a recreation room at a mental hospital.
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