The Creation of Pain
Style: Progressive Thrash
Release date: 9 April, 2011
Playing time: 54:56

The predecessor called 'PI' was musically not a bad album, but singer Benjamin Geppert was the biggest problem. I think the band must have known that because Benjamin sticks to the guitar this time. New member André Epperlein takes care of the vocals and he does a better job all-together.

The music on this album is a bit more melodic, especially if you listen to the guitars. The vocals vary from aggressive to clean ones (quite o.k.) and although the aggressive vocals are not extraordinary (think: Phil Anselmo), it all sounds o.k. and fits the music. The music certainly isn't straight riff-oriented groovy thrash, it is rather complex and has a lot variety and softer passages. Bands like Coroner, Atheist and Tourniquet do sometimes come to mind. At first I didn't judge this album right, I listened to it while being busy with all kind of household jobs and it didn't do much for me. Later on I listened to it more focused and then I got more aware of the music. The many tempo-changes for example sound rather chaotic if you listen to it for the first time, but listening closely it all makes sense. 

On "Born from Treason" Steffen Kummerer (Obscura) does some guest grunts. Some passages in this track remind me of Mekong Delta, and that is not the last time on this album. I am rather impressed with their music, but sometimes it is so complex and versatile, that I can't listen to it without getting nervous in my head. I have to be in the mood, this is not stuff you listen to after a very busy headache-causing day. The production is good and for those who like concept albums, this one is about God and Lucifer - do they become a loving couple? If you want to know the answer, check Hokum out and buy the album.


01. Creation of Pain
02. Inexorable
03. Born From Treason
04. Soul Destroyer
05. Dead End Into Doom
06. Empery
07. Walking Ghost Phase
08. Blacken
09. Eroded

Label: Gooddamn Records
Distribution: Gooddamn Records
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 7 April, 2011
Website: www.myspace.com/hokumheadquarter