Album of the Month

Stijn van Cauter returns with a perfect package of cosmically-influenced Ambient Funeral Doom.
(Read more)

Featured debut

Classic revisited

Random band

Bretwaldas of Heathen Doom is a project by Dagfari Wartooth and Sceot Arcweilder (Symbel) and play melodic, old school doom with clean vocals. The...
(read more)

Painwork : PAINWORK - the end of pain + PŸLON - days of sorrow / split CD

Album CoverAlbum Cover

This short Swiss split CD seems in some ways to act like it is a 2 in 1 release with the main difference being that it is done by two bands. For example, many 2 in 1 (re)releases contain the artwork from both releases. This is also the case here. The booklet is constructed from a single sheet with the Painwork info on one side and the P˙lon info on the other. If you have one band on the front then you can simply turn the booklet inside out and get the other band on front instead. Another key example is that Painwork's part is called 'the end of pain E.P. 2005' in the booklet. It sounds to me like it was originally intended to be released separately, but never was. P˙lon's side contains only tracks from their forthcoming album, 'The Eternal Wedding Band', hence acting like a promo release.

Nevertheless, both of the bands have generally the same style of hard/doom rock with strong old-school influences. The major difference would be that P˙lon is much more even in their ties to the Black Sabbath tradition, which in turn, of course, makes them a little less easy going than their split mates. While Painwork's fourth track, 'An Angel Tale', is indeed every bit as slow and doomy as you'd expect a traditional doom release to be, the remaining three have only minor hints towards that direction. The track also yields a very nice transfer into the Saint Vitusy 'Anaconda' by P˙lon. The track very clearly stands out as the best one on the split. The two following tracks are in a similar style, but with no really memorable parts. I'm also having some serious problems with '2046' and 'Checkmate 64' just suddenly ending without any proper finish. It sounds like they just stop in the middle of the track.

I have many issues with this release. They are mostly minor ones, but they still do a lot of damage to my listener experience. Nearly all tracks, especially the more energetic ones, are lazier than seems intended, and with the exception of 'Anaconda', no tracks have anything that will make you interested in actively listening to it. I have no doubt that both bands can do better if they decide to.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Faces of Pain
2. The End of Pain
3. Blind Surface
4. An Angel Tale

5. Anaconda
6. 2046
7. Checkmate 64

Duration : Approx. 26 minutes

Visit the Painwork bandpage.

Reviewed on 28-01-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
A Dream Of Poe - The Wraith Uncrowned
Advertise your band, label or distro on doom-metal.com