The music does not completely follow a formula all of the time, however. There is the occasional emergence of a thrash or doom metal riff. The instrumentation never becomes very complicated and the production is raw - both of which work perfectly for this type of music. The dual vocals create an energetic dynamic, as well as keeping the album from getting stale. Another thing that wards stagnation away from this record is that while there is plenty of fast stuff, they often slow it down for a change of pace.
While not all songs are created equal on this album, none of them are bad. It is indeed hardcore punk in the vein of Discharge, Black Flag, Amebix, Die Kreuzen and all the other hardcore punckers who crave speed, distortion and most of all volume.
Turn it up to 11 and then take it to 12 it seems. The album was originally released on Alchemy Records in and then picked up by Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles in and then finally moved over to the band's own Neurot Recordings in , which is when it was finally re-released with a bonus disc and much easier to track down. The music is very much the typical hardcore and crust punk with elements of crossover thrash as heard in bands like Suicidal Tendencies, however even at this stage there are a few elements that hinted at the future path the band would undertake however it would have been impossible at the time to predict they they would blossom into anything of merit.
One example is how track 2, "Self-Taught Inflection" has a repetitive slowed down melodic riff as an opener that is a tiny clue to the direction that the band would continue in starting with "Souls At Zero" but after a nice run it ultimately succumbs to the gravitational pull of the hardcore punk and crossover thrash elements that dominate PAIN OF MIND.
Tracks like "Reasons To Hide" have mellow almost classic 80s metal intros with arpeggiated guitars but they too soon turn to hardcore punk but retain dual guitar assaults with one guitar grunging it up while the other performs more thrash type riffs but it too strays into punk territory with the rhythmic chugging assault and shouted lyrics.
The album retains its energetic delivery throughout the entire run and at times really does sound like Discharge when at its most pure punk moments but it's those little elements that differentiate them on the few tracks where they include them. As punk rockers they have the sound down pat and the energy level to match. All the punk boxes are checked appropriately and then double checked because that what punk rockers do i assume.
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Streams Videos All Posts. Styles Alternative Metal Heavy Metal. Track Listing - Disc 1. Pain of Mind. Self-Taught Infection. Reasons to Hide. And "Pain of Mind" is dynamic enough to prove that the group has always had an inclination for experimentation and not imposing limitations upon itself. Not surprisingly, some stubborn but vocal purists didn't seem impressed. By the time that its third effort, "Souls At Zero" , came out, it had finally found its place.
The band had fully transformed into the trace-inducing beast that was progressive music in the truest sense.Fortunately, Neurosis, who would later be one of the main acts developing Sludge and all of its various permutations, spent their early years perfecting the art of the angry hardcore punk album. Pain of Mind benefits from excellent songwriters and musicians at the beginning naivety of their career: its angry and angular, noisey and loud.