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The Burden of Sin

by Pain Link

PAIN LINK is a unique blend of classic metal, thrash metal, and metalcore. We mix several different styles together to form a sound that appeals to a wide variety of metal fans.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Metalcore
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1. Choose Your Path
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2. Dying Hope
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3. Moshpit Mafia
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4. When Sand Turns to Glass
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5. Tick
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6. Camp Pain
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7. Seal of Disapproval
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8. S.P.I.H.
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9. Forfeit the Hate
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10. Tears of the Fallen Angel
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11. Distorted Perception
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The Burden of Sin - Bio

The Burden of Sin, the brand new CD by Cincinnati band
Pain Link, breathes fresh air into the lungs of modern
metal. With their latest release, the band has
expanded the scope of metal sub-genres included on
their previous self-titled demo. Drawing on both old
school metal and modern metal-core influences, Pain
Link bridges the gap between the classic thrashing
riffs of yesteryear, and the abstract, innovative
metal of today.

From the opening track, The Burden of Sin is nothing
you would expect. A sad and somber violin piece
("Choose Your Path") acts as the calm before the
storm, leaving you wondering what will come next. What
comes next is an all out metal assault from start to
finish, relenting briefly for an extremely moving
classical piano piece ("Tears of the Fallen Angel"),
before the final track of moshpit inducing mania
("Distorted Perception") kicks in. Pain Link's
confidence as songwriters and performers is evident by
the use of classically influenced compositions to help
set the heavy mood of this release. The musicianship
is superb.

From the full-blown thrash gallop of "Moshpit Mafia"
to the melodic groove and crushing breakdown of "When
Sand Turns To Glass", the latest Pain Link effort is
an exuberant display of aggressive riffs, powerful
two-part vocals, pounding drums and bass, and over the
top guitar solos that define the true essence of this
hard working band.

Pain Link is an extremely unique mixture of musical
brains and brawn fused together to forge an aggressive
yet artistic brand of heavy music that appeals to fans
of all kinds of heavy music. Together, this group of
seasoned players is a winning combination of metal
craftsmen dedicated to creating something different
than the modern norms. The solid arrangements, the
cerebral messages, and the crafty guitar work within
the tracks of The Burden of Sin speak volumes for the
musical maturity of this group of musicians.

Pain Link is comprised of the following individuals:

Brandon Neeley - Vocals
Chris Brown - Guitar, Vocals
Greg Neeley - Guitar
Paul Parece - Bass
Dave Bauer - Drums


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Darrell Marcum

Burden of sin is just the beginning of NEXT
Marcum Sound Lab is proud to anounce the second CD project of PainLink. We will be making every effort to see that if you are NOT A METAL HEAD YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE IT.
Because your flesh will not withstand the IMPACT.

Suzanne Rolph-McFalls

Pain Link's The Burden of Sin hits suburbia!
Let me preface this review by saying that I am not into this kind of music. I am a middle aged princess from the wilds of suburbia who considers camping having to check in to a Super 8. I also bruise very easily, which rules out moshing. Anyone who knows me is laughing right now at the very thought of me in a mosh pit. I'll give them a second. Yeah, it's that funny. So, all this being said, let's get on to the CD.

I ordered "The Burden of Sin" from a couple of days ago and it arrived yesterday. They are quick, and they write very witty, pithy comments on their invoices. Almost worth ordering something just to read those, considering how the world is currently populated with a preponderance of witless tittering idiots and just plain mean people. But that, as they say, is music from another room. Back to the cd. I tried to prepare for this experience by borrowing some Pantera and Slayer from a friend. I listened. Went to some websites and listened there as well. Okay, I have a frame of reference now.

Pain Link is in a class all it's own. Where they could, ostensibly speaking, be classified in the same category they are a world apart. The violin alone is a jaw dropper. Buy the cd just for that. Then read the liner notes. Lyrics. That. Have. Substance. What a shock! Great fucking lyrics. "Forced religion clouds your vision/you live a lie because you want to believe/be a martyr win a ticket to heaven." In this Madison Avenue, MTV, oops I did it again society we have been sold mediocrity for what we would have gladly paid for excellence. We have been conditioned to accept ineptitude and ignorance and subpar as standard, and that's partially our faults ... people are pretty lazy pretty often, but it's also the marketing machine and you need to wake the hell up and become of aware of its power over you. They sell us shit for so long we start to accept shit. Ninety six piles of shit, some with corn, some without, on a rack in a music store. We are supposed to pick the least offensive piece of shit, buy it, listen, sing it as we drive down the road in our cars and eventually recommend it to our friends and family. It's insidious, but it's true. What else could explain Ashlee Simpson? Survivor? (The tv show, not the band) How about the fact that Paris Hilton's single is getting airtime and has sold a bajillion copies? WHATTHEFUCK??

That's what is so refreshing about Pain Link. They are NOT mediocre. They actually dick slap mediocre several times on The Burden of Sin, and even though I am a suburban princess who should loath the slightest hint of misogynistic language, much less use it, it's the only way to describe it ... "Distorted Perception" and "Seal of Disapproval" evoke something visceral and seminal, caked with blood, smeared with dirt and missing a tooth. It's raw and real, and you should buy it for your husband. Tell him to stop trying to remember what that one hit of acid he accidentally took his junior year of high school felt like by playing Tool on his mp3 player while he lawn tractors the back yard and listen to Pain Link.

After that, he won't have to pretend to be cool anymore cause he won't give a shit.

Pain Link is: Greg Neely/Guitar, Brandon Neely/Vocals, Paul Parece/Bass, Chris Brown/Guitar and Vocals, Dave Bauer/Drums

Proof positive that there is more than meets the eye when you are dealing with this middle aged princess. Just goes to show, you never can tell, can you?

Namasta, The Suss