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Through the Pain - Time Heals Nothing

Time spent hearing this EP not soothed either - 40%

NausikaDalazBlindaz, June 9th, 2014

As befits a band with a name like Through The Pain, the style and themes are within the ambit of depressive BM and the actual music itself is a stony creature that you could certainly imagine bashing your head against without getting a response. Listeners are very likely to feel this way all the way through this album: it's not only time that heals nothing here. The steaming noise-guitar music grinds through its chosen path dragging tinny drumming and a set of shrieking vocals - always shrieking - in its wake.

The first track is a relentless plod for its first half until its sudden collapse just after the sixth minute. It slowly recovers with effort and with a soothing counter-melody that softens the edges of the ragged vocals and brittle instruments. Apart from this change, the song doesn't vary much throughout. The next track, appropriately named "No Way Out", continues in similar plodding manner save for a slight change in key and the vocalist continues to screech as though nothing's happened in the meantime. Yep, there's no way out of this lumbering repetitive grinding guitar drone and the wailing voices all right.

So we plough on ahead with "Absence of Will" where the opening riffs are a little more cheering than in previous songs but it turns out to be slower and more lethargic as well. The ragged screeching is a little less and there are more pauses in-between the screams. The bass rhythm is more noticeable and has a definite groove so at least there is something to hold on over the duration of the song. The repeating melody has something of the quality of a lullaby and can be pleasant to listen to if you ignore the wailing in the background.

After four tracks of pain - the vocalist's existential pain and your more viscerally felt pain at having lost 37 minutes of your life to hearing out this music - you realise you feel just the same as you did before you started listening to this music: you feel no more enlightened about the nature of suffering, anguish or the loneliness and alienation of modern life. None of the four songs develops much over its course; there seems no attempt on the musician's part to try to connect with you and atmosphere throughout the album is lacking. Sure, he's shouty but constant screaming in agony can have the effect of driving listeners away: it communicates no emotion and you feel the fellow could have just pre-recorded his parts and left his Moebius-strip tape to play over and over. Each track ends up being far too long and on each also, a good two or even three minutes could have been chopped off and the point of each piece would still have been made.

At least the album's title is appropriate ... time heals nothing, certainly not my disappointment that this recording could have been edited and worked over a bit more.