“Caked in distorted filth.” – The Obelisk
Lord of Pain launches Portland-based Menin’s unrelenting heaviness into the farthest corners of the universe for to behold. Each track explores the power and wrath of creator/destroyer gods from works of science fiction and fantasy. Lord of Pain’s title track is named for the Shrike from Dan Simmons’s Hyperion Cantos: a ten foot tall, four-armed, time traveling monster made of knives. Fellow science fiction fan and riff warrior Matt Stikker provides a horrifying illustration for the cover art, as he has done for the likes of Lord Dying, Drouth, and WVRM, among others.