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Metal For Life
Demolition Records
Hard Rock
10/13/2005 - Review by: Ken Pierce
Painmuseum - Metal For Life - 2004 - Demolition Records

Track Listing
1. The Divine Birth Of Tragedy
2.Speak The Name
3.Hosanna Hosanna
4.Words Kill Everything
5.American Metalhead
6.Dogs In A Cage
7.Burn Flesh Burn
8.Bloody Wings
9.Live And Die
10.PainmuseuM (Metal For Life)
11.I Am Your Keeper
What can possibly be said about the PainmuseuM for those that have not heard it yet? For starters if you dare to play this CD you should be prepared to be brutalized by the molten metal that is being delivered by these guys. The lineup is “Metal” Mike Chlasciak who is most noted for his excellent work with Rob Halford as both a touring and recording guitarist. Mike is a force of nature on Heavy Metal guitar and a Legend among his fellow shredders. He has brought with him on drums Bobby Jarzombek who not only was the driving force behind the Halford lineup with Mike but most recently has taken the drum throne in Iced Earth and Demons & Wizards. The bass guitar was performed by Steve DiGiorgio (Testament/Death) and vocalist Tim Clairbone rounds out the group. Tim’s screeching wails and guttural growls are comparable to the likes of Bobby Blitz. Tim also defines the look of Metal with his vintage 80's styled spikes and gauntlets; most likely his look was honed for Hatred. Adding all these forces together and there is some seriously powerful Metal going on. Mike’s playing has never been better as since this is his own project he has a little more freedom on what is getting done. Jarzombek is in my top list of drummers and does some excellent work on the recording. He and Mike are in total groove together and it shows on every track.

Some of my favorite tunes are “Speak The Name”, “Dogs In A Cage” and “Live And Die”; the latter having a lot of classical Judas Priest feel to parts of it. I also leaned towards “Painmuseum (Metal For Life)” which is the title track and could serve as a single should the group find any Metal radio airplay. This is a CD of true Metal; real Metal; and pure Metal. It is meant to be played loud enough for your neighbors to hear it. If you are a fan of “Metal” Mike’s work in Halford and of drummer Bobby Jarzombek this is the perfect piece to add to your collection. There are enough solos on the CD to make your head spin and if pounding Metal solves your concerns I can’t see why you haven’t run off to buy this already. “METAL FOR LIFE” ------ Indeed, a worthy aspiration.

Rating: 7.8/10

--Ken Pierce 10.08.05


Metal For Life
Demolition Records
Ken Pierce10/13/2005


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