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ONE HOUR BY THE CONCRETE LAKE

Pain Of Salvation

 

Progressive Metal

3.97 | 398 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars Marvellous Pain Of Salvation's second act...

If Entropia was a too eclectic and without a clear direction (it's a great album anyway...), One Hour by the Concrete Lake is fair to its concept, offering a diverse but very well structurated and funny piece of prog metal, full with changes and surprises, but in a clear and personal direction. Every song fit perfectly in the concept, and the sound of the album is homogene the whole time... This was the main problem if always found in the debut album Entropia, and they fixed it perfectly with this second opus.

Mixing the typical Pain of Salvation's jazz influences with some folk elements, and the complex hard riffs parts, Daniel Gildenlow made his first really outstanding performance with his voice... You only have to hear Water, or Pilgrim... I will never be tired of saying this man has the best voice in prog metal ever. Just incredible singing. The rest of the band also makes well... Ok, I never liked the Johan Langell's drum sound, a bit empty and too noisy, but it isn't a big problem anyway. The production of the album is cristal clear, and a special mention deserves the keyboards sound, very well accomplised.

Best songs: New Year's Eve (great guitar melodies...), Water (what a way of singing!), Black Hills (dark, coplex, and complete track...), Pilgrim (the most beautiful Pain of Salvation's acoustic?)... The album is full with good tracks, and except a few dull parts, the level is outstanding. The short lenght also helps to enjoy the full album without avoiding any track.

Conclusion: after the disoriented but very good Entropia, Pain of Salvation perfectionated their style to making their first full conceptual album. Their personal, dark and complex way to understand prog metal is here yet. And even this album doesn't reach the levels of The Perect Element or the masterpiece Remedy Lane, is a great prog metal act. An excellent adition ot any prog collection, without a doubt.

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |

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