With dense and derelict harmonies, that eventually becomes profusely predictable, its heavy, drastic and intense musical beats attacks the epicenter of its intransigent and abrasive creative axis, precisely where the reinvigorating artistry of the band aligns its sonorous distinctions with a more diluted synergy, that expands to the general atmosphere of the sound. With some tracks way better than others – Raw Fucking Power and House of Misery are two marvelously fantastic exemplars of the genre, while I’m Your God, in my modest opinion, is the most excellent track of the record – Shot Of Pain manages to be a good album, that inappropriately neglects in an undesirable scale its strongest qualities, that relies in the more lenient, sober and effusive aspects of their music. But its enjoyable virtues definitely compensate its limitations, and the general sonorous layout presented to the listener is skilful and coherent, though the lack of innovation and audacity unfortunately leaves a blank space that disappoints a little.
Displaying a restrained aggressiveness and a substantial savagery that conceives the most pleasurable aspects of the music, Shot Of Pain has virtues that consolidates cohesively creative and technical capabilities, that hides a potential that seems dormant most of the time. But its more pragmatic and dilated components definitely makes the record an interesting listening experience, that – more or less –, reveals a discreet strength, whose potential is able to aggregate on the latent possibilities of the genre more exotic and distinctive elements.
If you really like electronic noise or alternative industrial music, it is possible that you will manage to appreciate Shot Of Pain; if not entirely, at least partially. Nevertheless, there is nothing fantastic about this record, especially if you are a veteran enthusiast of the genre. There are some very good songs on this album, be sure about that. But in the end, nothing that can be considered too spectacular, innovative or exceptional. Shot Of Pain is only a moderately decent, good album at best, and it will hardly surprise you.