Monday, 11 February 2013

Review: Colin of Arabia - Pain Machines

Colin of Arabia
Pain Machines

1. Slowdance
2. Closure
3. You Guys Were Great, Don't Put Gas in Our Van
4. Prozac
5. Federal Extermination Maniacal Agency
6. Spite & Malice
7. Save It for the Judge
8. Never Blend In
9. Arrivederci Motherfucker
10. Badlands, The
11. Slavedriver
12. Counting Lessons in Purgatory
13. Kiss Me Goodbye
14. Closure
15. Introduction of Destruction
16. Casual Casualty
17. Slavedriver
18. Behind This Tongue
19. Slowdance
20. Eye of the Storm
21. 50 Bag of Hate
22. I Fight
23. Badlands, The
24. Kiss Me Goodbye
25. You Guys Were Great, Don't Put Gas in Our Van
26. Prozac
27. Arrivederci Motherfucker
28. Talking
29. Piss All Over Your Hopes & Dreams
30. Everyday I Walk the Same Way Home
31. Ordinary Guy

When discussing Colin of Arabia, whether in a review or on our podcast, it is important that I point out that Colin, lead singer of Colin of Arabia actually kind of frightens me.  Whether it’s hearing stories about his moshpit escapades or watching him perform in a bullet proof vest while taking swings at anyone who gets close to his mic, I have a healthy respect/fear for this Massachusetts hardcore icon. 

Colin’s unpredictability and hatred is also why he makes such an imposing and memorable hardcore frontman.  On Pain Machines, pretty much all of Colin and Co.’s music is collected into one convenient edition.  Each track embodies hatred, violence, and a ‘fuck everything/destroy the world’ that has always been at the heart of hardcore.  I’ve always felt that Colin of Arabia never quite got the recognition that they deserved.  They were always infamous for their actions, which unfortunately meant that their music was often overshadowed.  This is especially disappointing when their songs are taken into consideration.  Tracks like “Prozac” and “Kiss Me Goodbye” meld punk, metal, and hardcore into one giant rage-induced mess that leaves the listener completely satisfied (that sounded oddly sexual, but it’s not....I think...).  The only thing lacking on this release is the sound quality of the live tracks that make up the latter half of the record, but do you really expect to have Colin of Arabia to have expertly mixed, taken straight from a professional soundboard, live recordings?  No, I didn’t think so.

Either way, do yourself a favour and track down a copy of Pain Machines, if only to revel in an anthology that proves how good east coast hardcore can really be sometimes. 

Buy the CD here.

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