"Metal" Mike Chlasciak made a name for himself a few years ago,
becoming the lead guitarist for Rob
's solo band,
essentially helping Rob find his metal roots and, eventually,
his way back to
He's also spent some touring time with
and others, but his main band is Painmuseum, who released
Metal For Life
in 2004 and an EP a year later.
A cross between traditional metal, thrash, and some
aggressiveness, this is clearly a showcase for Chlasciak,
and addditionally one would
be hard pressed to find a more talented rhythm section than
Steve DiGiorgio and Bobby Jarzombek, both of whom have
played on multitudes of albums over the years.
Tim Clayborne is the wild card here, as his roars and shrieks
are at times at odds with the more traditional power/thrash
tunes, though at other times he proves himself more than adequate.
He's a capable vocalist, no question, but arguably not a perfect
fit for this band.
Assuming that Chlasciak can keep this group together as a real
band rather than hired guns, there's potential here.
Though Metal For Life
suffers at times from a lack of memorable
riffs and songs, it's still a fine first effort, and a further
testament to Metal Mike's guitar skills.
Steve DiGiorgio (guest)
bass (Act Of Denial, ex-Artension, ex-Autopsy, ex-Control Denied, Charred Walls Of The Damned, ex-Death, ex-Dragonlord, ex-Ephel Duath, Futures End, guest for Iced Earth, guest for Megadeth, ex-Memorain, ex-Quo Vadis, ex-Sadus, ex-Scariot, ex-Soen, Testament, guest for Vintersorg)
Metal For Life
- The Divine Birth Of Tragedy
- Speak The Name
- Hosanna Hosanna
- Words Kill Everything
- American Metalhead
- Dogs In A Cage
- Live And Die
- Burn Flesh Burn
- PainmuseuM (Metal For Life)
- Bloody Wings
- I Am Your Keeper