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3.90 | 407 ratings | 9 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. On a Tuesday (10:22)
2. Tongue of God (4:53)
3. Meaningless (4:47)
4. Silent Gold (3:23)
5. Full Throttle Tribe (9:05)
6. Reasons (4:45)
7. Angels of Broken Things (6:24)
8. The Taming of a Beast (6:33)
9. If This Is the End (6:03)
10. The Passing Light of Day (15:31)

Total Time 71:46

Bonus CD from 2017 SE:
1. Introduction (1:45)
2. Tongue of God (intro) (0:48)
3. Tongue of God (demo) (5:00)
4. Meaningless (intro) (0:44)
5. Meaningless (demo) (5:48)
6. Silent Gold (intro) (0:48)
7. Silent Gold (demo) (3:12)
8. Full Throttle Tribe (intro) (0:49)
9. Full Throttle Tribe (demo) (8:54)
10. Reasons (intro) (0:52)
11. Reasons (demo) (4:32)
12. Angels of Broken Things (intro) (0:42)
13. Angels of Broken Things (demo) (6:56)
14. Bloopers (2:32)

Total Time 43:22

Line-up / Musicians

- Daniel Gildenl÷w / vocals, guitar, keyboards, lute, accordion, zither, bass, drums & percussion
- Ragnar Zolberg / guitar, keyboards, accordion, zither, vocals
- Daniel Karlsson / grand piano, keyboards, backing vocals
- Gustaf Hielm / bass, backing vocals
- LÚo Margarit / drums & percussion, backing vocals

- Peter Kvint / bass, Mellotron, backing vocals (1-4)
- Camilla Arvidsson / violin
- David Ra-Champari / violin

Releases information

Artwork: Daniel Gildenl÷w with Lars Ardarve (photo)

CD Inside Out Music ‎- IOMCD 470 (2017, Europe)
2CD Inside Out Music ‎- IOMSECD 470 (2017, Europe) Bonus CD w/ outtakes + band commentary.

2LP+CD Inside Out Music ‎- IOMLP 470 (2017, Europe) Full album on both media

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PAIN OF SALVATION In the Passing Light of Day ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
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Collectors/fans only (9%)
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Review by ProgShine
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3 stars After 6 years without releasing new material (because of Daniel Gildenl÷w's health problems) the Swedish group Pain Of Salvation release a brand new album with In the Passing Light of Day.

Although I was never a huge fan of the band, I always followed what they were doing and I always tried to listen to the records they were releasing. I also consider BE (2004) to be a fantastic piece of music.

In the Passing Light of Day mostly deals with the near death experience of band's leader Daniel Gildenl÷w when a few years back he had a serious skin cancer. Because of this In the Passing Light of Day is a darker record. Not that the previous albums of the group were not, but the theme used in the lyrics makes things a bit darker this time around. Daniel used the bed of a hospital as a central point for the subject of the album and the lyrics speak of the conflicts of a person who faces the possibility of death.

The album needs attention and is very dense, maybe that's why it has not 'dawned' on me yet, but in the first few spins the only thing I've got after that is that it is a good record, but it isn't any masterpiece. The album in general doesn't feel very cohesive. And all this density has been tied in almost 72 minutes of music, which makes sitting through the entire album quite a complicated experience.

In the Passing Light of Day has much heavier moments than the previous albums of the band. Pain Of Salvation always had a heavy sound, but I get the impression that this time the heavier elements are more present. But at the same time, the band gets closer and closer to 'Post Prog' of the modern bands, inserting many electronic moments and very Pop sounds between very heavy parts and all the 'weirdness' natural to them.

However, a fact makes me not want to go and listen the album again and again more than the other I mentioned, In the Passing Light of Day has one of the most horrible drums sounds I've heard in recent years. This is common with new bands that doesn~t have a big budget to record their albums, but big bands like Pain Of Salvation? What happened here?!?

Review by JJLehto
4 stars A return to their heavier, darker days but not really their old sound.

In the days before this album released I heard tons of talk about a return to the band's old days. After drifting for years with a variety of different styles, from the uber dense, grandiose "BE" to the bluesy 70s rock flavored Road Salt 1 & 2 and in between the anti American/hip hop culture rage fueled prog metal piece "Scarsick", "In The Passing Light of Day" was supposedly a return to their glory days.

While there is no doubt this album is a return to their heavy, darker days, (though I'd say Scarsick was certainly heavy and the Road Salts were not exactly light hearted affairs) it really is nothing like their first 4 albums. "In The Passing Light of Day" is a lot more straightforward, dare I say less progressive, than Entropia to Remedy Lane era Pain of Salvation. There's some of their classic syncopation, off tempo playing and heavy/light blend but this album is absolutely less explosive, innovative and zany than their classic era. While very heavy, it's not as "intense" as older albums, there are almost no solos, gone are the textured walls of music that stop, and sometimes turn, on a dime. The riffing and melodies are fairly straightforward and the drumming is solid but not anything to write home about. All that said, is the album bad? Not at all.

It may just take some getting used to. Daniel's vocals are brilliant as always, and the lyrics are somber and reflective, undoubtedly stemming from his brush with death from a flesh eating bacteria. Indeed, death and hospitalization are prominent on this album. The songs are mellow and moderately simple, but with enough heaviness throughout to prevent staleness. It's like a blend of Road Salt and their classic era, with the profanity tinged, punchy "Reasons" reminiscent of Scarsick. Call this album a summation of the band's career. It may take some time, and I feel like it still is fully sinking in for me, but this is a powerful, moving album. Some standouts are "On a Tuesday", "Full Throttle Tribe" and "Reasons". The 15 minute, mellow yet moving title track takes you on a slowly building journey to finish the album, which concludes with the sound of breathing in a hospital.

Daniel has gone through a harrowing experience, and clearly it had a major impact on him and provided him ample room to ponder. "In The Passing Light of Day" feels more like a musical telling of this experience, the most powerful one we know: dealing with death. THREE AND A HALF STARS (bump four stars)

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars I didn't keep following PAIN OF SALVATION's career after "Be" other than hearing of the controversy of the albums that followed like "Scarsick' and the "Road Salt" recordings. I haven't heard the ones between "Be" and this latest offering called "The Passing Light Of Day" but I want to check them out down the road. So I can't say that this is a return to form but other reviewers have said this. Please check out jjlehto's review for some great information about this. This is a return to the heaviness of their classic period and an album that many feel sits proudly with those albums. I know this record impressed me in a big way and I wasn't expecting that.

This album seems to deal with one's mortality which isn't surprising given Gildenlow almost died to the flesh eating disease. That will have an impact on your thought process obviously. This is a fantastic album and it was the heaviness that surprised me initially, especially that opening number. We get some different instruments like accordion, mellotron, lute, zither and so on while electric piano is prominent along of course with the guitar, drums and bass. The vocals are quite varied and there's a lot of emotion on this album.

"On A Tuesday" opens with crushing riffs that get even heavier as the guitar starts to play over top. A calm with spoken words and atmosphere before 1 1/2 minutes then it kicks back in with vocals this time a minute later. We get a beautiful section after 4 1/2 minutes with strings, piano and high pitched vocals. It kicks back in a minute later and ground shaking riffs will follow. Another calm with piano only arrives 7 minutes in as fragile vocals join the piano then we get this majestic vibe before 8 minutes. It's building until it kicks in with emotion around 9 minutes.

"Tongue Of God" opens with piano only as bass and I believe lute join in before it kicks in hard a minute in. Heavy stuff as reserved vocals join in. Soon he's singing with passion. A calm arrives before 4 1/2 minutes with spoken words to end it. "Meaningless" is heavy to begin with and I'm digging this a lot. It settles back as almost spoken vocals arrive. It turns melodic with atmosphere then heavy again with passionate vocals this time. Contrasts continue. I think that's zither that comes and goes. Lots of emotion as he speaks the lyrics with passion after 4 minutes.

"Silent Gold" opens with piano only as reserved vocals join in. When it turns brighter after a minute I feel emotion. Drums before 2 minutes as it starts to pick up slightly. There's that emotional section repeated later. Nice. "Full Throttle Tribe" opens with a sample of someone walking and people talking as drums arrive and build. This sounds like classic POS right here. Vocals just before a minute and it kicks into gear a minute later with passionate vocals. Contrasts continue. Man it's heavy before 4 minutes as the vocals step aside. Just killing it then another calm arrives before it turns heavy again late with samples of distressed sounding people amongst the heaviness.

"Reasons" is different with that brief section of GENTLE GIANT-like vocal arrangements. This is a stuttering and heavy tune that is quite interesting to listen to. Lots of explicits as well plus he sings an answer back to the sung questions as it were. Like I said this is different and interesting. "Angels Of Broken Things" opens with picked guitar I think, atmosphere and more. Vocals just before a minute and a catchy beat. It kicks in at 4 minutes with some ripping guitar over top. It ends with a sample of people talking. Another interesting song.

"The Taming Of A Beast" is catchy with piano and a beat. Vocals before a minute then it kicks in hard with emotional vocals 2 minutes in as contrasts continue. "If This Is The End" is ballad-like to start with relaxed guitar and fragile vocals. Accordion after a minute. Drums kick in before 3 minutes with heaviness and passionate vocals. He starts to speak the lyrics before 4 minutes including lines from the opening track. The heaviness is back! So good! Might have been a great closer here but that honour is for the 15 1/2 minute title track.

"The Passing Light Of Day" is mellow to start. We get relaxed guitar, bass and reserved vocals at first. How good is this before 6 1/2 minutes as it starts to build with vocal melodies but then it settles right back. It's building again after 7 1/2 minutes. Heavy stuff is the result 9 1/2 minutes in until a calm arrives 12 1/2 minutes in and mellotron and reserved vocals will help out here. It becomes majestic sounding as vocals continue.

A very solid 4 stars in my opinion and a reminder why I used to like this band so much.

Review by The Crow
4 stars After the just good Road Salt two entries and having overcome his health problems, Daniel Gildenlow returned with In the Passing Light of Day!

And this album was also a return to the old sound of the band, retrieving the classic syncopated rhythms, the great vocal melodies, complex instrumental passages and tons of heavy riffs and strong double-pedal drums.

There are a pair of forgettable moments like the Gentle Giant oriented Reasons and the vocal capabilities of Gildenlow are not so great like they were in the past, but this album is his best since Remedy Lane nonetheless in terms of songwriting.

Best Tracks: On a Tuesday (brutal and complex), Meaningless (catchy, retrieving the magic that this band had in the past), Full Throttle Tribe (great syncopated and polyrhythmic melodies) and In the Passing Light of Day (epic and very appropriated to close the record)

Conclusion: In the Passing Light of Day is the best Pain of Salvation album in many years, retrieving the magical melancholic melodies from the past, along with the heaviness and complexity that we thought were lost forever!

My rating: ****

Latest members reviews

4 stars Daniel Gildenlow spent 4 months in hospital with a flesh-eating infection before POS made this album. It therefore relates strongly to this horrible experience. I see this album as sitting 3rd after the classic "Remedy Lane" and "Perfect Element" albums in the list of POS top albums. The openi ... (read more)

Report this review (#2714298) | Posted by Progexile | Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | Review Permanlink

5 stars There is no way to give out less than 5 stars here. This is the latest album from a musician who has always worn his heart and influences on his sleeve, but the only band you can be reminded of is Pain of Salvation. This album has it all; balls-out prog metal like "Full Throttle Tribe", a fun vo ... (read more)

Report this review (#1703638) | Posted by Corcoranw687 | Sunday, March 19, 2017 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Review #45. Before anything else, I should mention that Progressive Metal was never my cup of tea. In my opinion, Heavy Metal music, Progressive or not, should be more direct and straightforward, and kick the listener's stomach with its power and killer guitar riffs. Now that I made myself ... (read more)

Report this review (#1691161) | Posted by The Jester | Friday, February 10, 2017 | Review Permanlink

5 stars 'In the Passing Light of Day' is an amazing return to form for the legendary Pain of Salvation, a band which I've been a long time fan of but a band with which I've ultimately been disappointed by in their post Be output. What you will find in this now album is probably the most representative ... (read more)

Report this review (#1680240) | Posted by Hrvat | Sunday, January 15, 2017 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I've listenned a few times to In The Passing Light Of Day and it's a very different album from Pain of Salvation. It feels somewhat Road Salt albums meeting their old stuff. The mixing (with a very dry mix, especially the drums) remembers me a lot Road Salt, but then you have these heavy guitar ... (read more)

Report this review (#1679422) | Posted by Deadwing | Friday, January 13, 2017 | Review Permanlink

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