CORPORATION 187, surprisingly, isn’t a new band although I’ve never even heard one word about this Swedish Thrash quintet. Apparently they formed in 1995 as a SLAYER cover band but then started writing their own material. “Perfection In Pain” is also not their debut, but their second album (these guys sure like to take their time eh). I’ve no idea what the first one sounds like but the second album is a quick 35 minute non stop headbanging frenzy filled with lightning fast riffs and bludgeoning drum work.
The album begins the slaughter right from the get-go and won’t stop until you’re begging for mercy… and then they’ll just pound you some more. And I mean it, they won’t quit until you’re properly tenderized. Yes, this is the real deal. Pure Thrash all the way. Well almost. This is pure Swedish Thrash which means that it doesn’t just tear you to pieces, it does so with surgical precision and while doing so it offers a lot of nice melodies. It’s like someone beating you to within an inch of your life and then giving you a bunch of roses as a gesture of good will. Take the opener for example. Pure Thrash-O-Rama with razor sharp riffs and thundering double bass drumming driving the song forward like a bullet train. Add nice melodic riffs in the mix and there you have it. And now apply this formula to all ten tracks; add some variety and you’ve got “Perfection In Pain”. Like I said, it’s a relentless Thrash attack from start to finish.
Another quasi-positive aspect of this band is that the singer isn’t your typical Thrash Metal screamer. Filip Carlsson’s vocals aren’t high pitched like so many others but instead he sounds like he’s really pissed off. He can hardly contain his rage which, in my books, is what a Thrash singer should sound like. Unfortunately all this makes his voice sound too much like a certain Tomas Lindberg, which of course is not a bad thing if you happen to like his voice. I can tolerate his vocals, but I don’t really like ‘em.
Now although this is an enjoyable piece of Thrash there’s one thing that takes most of its edge away, and that is the fact that this sounds exactly like a dozen other bands. This is unfortunate for these guys are really talented and they can chug out like any other band but the truth is that there’re just too many bands doing the same kind of music for this to be anything special. Then again doesn’t that apply to the whole Thrash genre in general nowadays… Anyway, it seems that Modern Thrash Metal has reached the same point as Melodic Death Metal a couple of years ago where the pioneers of the genre are moving into new territories while newcomers are lining up to fill the gap, and they all sound more or less alike. Yes, there are exceptions to this rule and some newcomers have been able to bring something refreshing to the otherwise stale genre(s) but CORPORATION 187 just isn’t that kind of a band. Good, but nothing special…
With that being said this is still a very viable choice for all those who still have room for another Modern (Swedish) Thrash Metal release, those who can’t have enough of bands like CARNAL FORGE, THE HAUNTED and DARKANE. Everyone else just ask yourselves if you really need to have another album like this. At the time I bought this I thought I did, but the year that it’s been in my collection has proven me slightly wrong.
And let’s not even discuss how bad the cover is. It’s simply horrendous. What the hell were the guys (and Niklas Sundin too) thinking when they decided to go with that one. Ughhh… (Online May 11, 2004)