"The Problem of Pain Part 2: The Book of Job" (Dead Media Music; 2010)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"The Problem of Pain Part 2" is a pretty solid progressive rock album. The band likes to call themselves "progressive metal" but I get more Emerson Lake and Palmer here than, say, Spock's Beard.

Torman Maxt are a Christian band and this an album is definitely about God. There’s no avoiding that through nearly each and every track. The good news is that it's not a preachy album like too many other Christian artists but, make no mistake, this is a heart-on-its sleeve album about God.

Solid musicianship is featured throughout and the songs are varied in style, keeping things interesting. The vocals do get a little shrill at times, but never so badly to ruin the song.

If you’re not opposed to listening someone sing about God for half an hour, or you’re not looking for driving heavy metal, then this one might be okay. The band's passion for their topic definitely shines through.

For more information, check out where you can also download the band's previous CDs for free.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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