Released: 2007, Blind Prophecy Records
Orlando’s Pain Principle has been kicking around the underground for quite a long time now. They self-released their first album back in 1995 and followed that with another independent release in 1999. They’ve been relatively quiet since then and are now back with WAITING FOR THE FLIES, their third release, and first on a label.
According to the ever-popular Metal Archives, the band’s early sounds was power metal but that’s certainly not the case on this album. No, WAITING FOR THE FLIES sounds like something that could have come out in 2001 or 2002 – in other words, an early metalcore album. While this is undoubtedly metalcore, it’s kind of cool in 2008 to hear a band that harkens back to the genesis of the genre when the influence of melodic death metal was still very pronounced. Seriously, just listen to “Martyr System” for proof. You just don’t hear that Swedish influence in most of the metalcore being released today. It’s actually refreshing...to a point.
It’s also completely derivative and stuck with the “heard it all before” stigma. Yet somehow I’d much rather listen to this than drivel like Within Chaos (also reviewed this month). There’s just a head banging quality to songs like “What’s Left of It” and “What the Dead Whisper” that’s missing from today’s metalcore scene.
While this is a fun album, I can’t recommend it wholeheartedly. After all, it’s still metalcore and carries all the stigmas associated with that. But if you have to listen to a metalcore album this year, WAITING FOR THE FLIES is as good as any. Give it a try.