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Pain Of Salvation


Progressive Metal

3.30 | 95 ratings

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4 stars Well, first i'm glad to submit the first review of this expected ep, but also a bit surprised nobody did it first, as Pain Of Salvation is THE cult prog-metal band of many, myself included. Instead of giving a track by track review, i will try to put general ideas of the ep as a whole, with a few exceptions of elements worth mentioning. At a first "glimpse" the music strike me as dark, heavy, eclectic, with retro elements like the classic organ sound and the doomy-sabbath like riffs. If Pain Of Salvation is to be defined by a word, besides progressive, that word is eclectic. Like in the two past albums BE, and Scarsick, in this last one there are a lot of musical elements blended in a perfect mixture, like the aforementioned retro organ sound, the doomy-sabbath riffs, but also bluesy and psychedelic guitar lines, busy Bill Ward like drum fills ( courtesy of new drummer Leo Margarit), industrial or almost death metal growls by the always amazing Mr. Gildenl÷w. If a clue towards the new album is to be seen here, i'd say it must be the tendency of the music to a more dark, moody, melancholic, but also angry character. The only particular song i'd like to mention for being such a nice surprise is Yellow Raven, a cover of The Scorpions from the Roth-era album Virgin Killer. This song fits very well with the overall nature of the album and rounds it perfectly. It's such an emotional song like the original, with Gildenl÷w's voice and Hallgren's guitar bringing chills to the listener's spine. (At least for this one, hope it does the same for everyone). If this ep is just a taste, i can't wait for the next album, hope it comes out very soon.
glaurung | 4/5 |


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