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Review: Pentacrostic - The Pain Years 1989 - 2010
The Pain Years 1989 - 2010

Label: Murder Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 71:20
Tracks: 15
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: July 14, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
The Pain Years 1989 - 2010

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Here we have somewhat of a retrospective from Brazilian death metal act Pentacrostic. This encompasses everything they've done from 1989 right up to 2010. The album starts off with rough demo-like material and slowly builds all the way up to their more modern material which has clearer production.

Pentacrostic's style is a doom-tinged strand of death metal, and the early material shown here on The Pain Years is your typical early 90's style of death metal. I guarantee you'll have heard it before, the sound is an amalgamation of the US and Finnish schools, the latter ringing out particularly in the guitar and bass. The first four tracks are from the band's Welcome to Suffering demo, which would be a bonus for fans of the band, and are probably the rawer of the tracks on offer here.

As the album progresses you can see the band slowly get better, and their sound refines as The Pain Years goes on, which is how it should be. By the time the album reaches "The Giants of Nordic Flames", Pentacrostic seem to be most at home with their sound. This track in particular is good, with a slight choral overtone giving a Nocturnus feel. "Immortality" has a cool Swedish death metal vibe, which reminds me in places of acts such as Unanimated or Necrophobic which is a massive bonus.

Overall whilst the first half of the album is rough and relatively substandard, the later half is much cooler; showing Pentacrostic at their best. As a result of this, I would be more inclined to recommend checking out their albums De Profundis and Moments of the Afflictions which is where the best songs on The Pain Years come from. Overall this serves as a pretty good introduction to Pentacrostic, although newcomers might be better served to checking out the band's proper albums.

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