Engine of Pain
I am Your Enemy
Release date: January 26th 2007
Label: Lion Music
Provided by: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier/Amigo
Website: www.engineofpain.com
Style: Thrash Metal
Rating: 60/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: January 5th 2007

Engine of Pain is by far the hardest and heaviest release from the Lion Music label ever, and I can't say I feel they have struck gold with their first attempt.

Engine of Pain from the Netherlands plays good ol' school thrash metal in the vein of genre greats like Testament and Pantera nicely combined with newer stuff - Swedish bands like In Flames (first and foremost) and other Gothenburg bands come to mind. And musically this is absolutely one the better new European thrash metal releases for some time!

The music is fast, it's hard and heavy, there's some great groove parts and the guitar work is top notch throughout the album, but two things are really setting this album back! First there is the very thin and dull production, which kills some of the fun! Secondly and in my opinion the biggest setback is however the extremely monotone and awful vocal "acrobatics" from Nick Hameury. His performance is my opinion just horrid, sure they are aggressive, but no range or variation just kills off the rest of the fun for me.

I feel a bit sad, because we are clearly dealing with a very talented band that knows how to create interesting thrash songs. But unless all of the pieces fit the puzzle the puzzle isn't complete and I can't exactly say that they fit here...