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4.39 | 228 ratings | 12 reviews | 70% 5 stars

Essential: a masterpiece of
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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Animae Partus (1:53)
2. Deus Nove (2:54)
3. Imago (3:57)
4. Pluvius Aestivus (5:11)
5. Lilium Cruentus (5:21)
6. Nauticus (3:45)
7. Dea Pecuniae (9:15)
8. Vocari Dei (4:26)
9. Diffidentia (7:32)
10. Nihil Morari (6:33)
11. Latericius Valete (2:28)
12. Omni (2:43)
13. Iter Impius (6:22)
14. Martius / Nauticus II (6:30)
15. Animae Partus II (0:49)

Total Time 69:39

Line-up / Musicians

- Daniel Gildenl÷w / lead vocals, acoustic guitar
- Frederik Hermannson / grand piano, harpsichord
- Johan Langell / drums, percussion, vocals
- Kristoffer Gildenl÷w / acoustic basses, cello
- Johan Hallgren / guitar, vocals

The Orchestra of Eternity:
- Mihai Cucu / 1st violin
- Carmilla Arvidsson / 2nd violin
- Kristina Ekman / viola
- Magnus Lanning / cello
- ─sa Karlberg / flute
- Anette Kumlin / oboe
- Nils-─ke Pettersson / clarinet
- Dries van den Poel / bass clarinet
- Sven-Olof Juvas / tuba

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PAIN OF SALVATION Be Live ratings distribution

(228 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(70%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(21%)
Good, but non-essential (5%)
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Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Updated on 2 January 2008:

A Review by Rizal B. Prasetijo

Depicting the existence and substance of God and His creations and interpreting it in musical lyrics and notes must be extremely difficult for even gifted musicians. Hence, describing the existence and substance of God and His creations in a cohesive 75 minute musical drama, especially in the progressive rock corridor, appears to be a "mission impossible". Against all odds, Daniel Gildenl÷w, the lyricist, chief composer, guitarist, and lead vocalist of Pain of Salvation (PoS), a Swedish progressive metal band, was able to do it brilliantly and elegantly in 2004!

Thanks to Gatot "Top Markotop" Widayanto, who has been kind in re-lending me his PoS BE DVD and patiently encouraged me to review my thought after I returning his DVD back to him for the first time, I am finally able to appreciate the album. For me, the PoS BE (the band's fifth) album is probably one of the most complicated art works to be decrypted. Such difficult, that I need to download a sizeable information from the internet on the album before hearing it for the second time. This is because the strength and uniqueness of the PoS BE album does not lie on its musical notes and beats, but it is on its musical lyrics, story plot, and concept. Hence, it is imperative that you understand the background of characters displayed in the drama, read the lyrics contained in the DVD booklet during the play, and watch it in a proper DVD Dolby Surround 4:1 mode. I am afraid that you won't be able to fully extract Mr. Gildenl÷w's message by playing his brilliant and complicated work in the CD 2-channel system mode.

There are five characters, appearing and disappearing in this musical drama. The first is called Animae, representing the God. The second is Imago, which is the image of humanity in its most natural form. The third is Mr. Money, the dark side of Imago who like to be immortal. The fourth is Dea Pecuniae, the feminine version of Mr. Money and the Eve of humanity's dark side. Finally, Nauticus, the most intelligent creature ever created by Animae, which are drifting and hovering in the space and searching for answers to save Earth. In my interpretation, I also see Nauticus as the most powerful substance of the dark side of Imago, regretting and wanting to rectify his mistakes.

The album is opened up by 1:48" sub 500Hz beat, gradually rising in tempo, depicting the birth of Animae, called Animae Partus. God, in Daniel's definition, must have heart beats and, therefore, he displays these sounds as his prologue. "Who I am? In the back of my awareness I find words: I will call myself. God", narrated Mr. Gildenl÷w's. Then, having had an orchestra introduction, you'll hear somewhat mellow metal riffs, called Deus Nova. In this 3:18" piece, Daniel depicts a situation where the world created by Animae has been becoming bigger (he narrates a rising number of population, in-line with the function of time), but it has also been becoming vulnerable.

Using a beautiful combination of mandolin, flute, and piano as an introduction, Mr. Gildenl÷w takes us to the next 5:11" piece, titled Imago, describing how Animae teaches Imago the beauty of his creations (presumably in the Heaven). "Teach me of the forest, teach me of the sea, teach me anything as long as you teach me.", Imago begs to Animae. Johan Langell's percussion at the back induces a somewhat Middle East color into the composition. It is followed by Fredrik Hermansson's 5:00" beautifully crafted classical piano, combined with violin and viola, in Pluvius Aestivus. In this mellow instrumental composition, it appears to me that Daniel attempts to depict how satisfy Animae is following the creation of Imago. Note that rather than relying on Kristoffer Gildenl÷w's electric bass, Daniel relies on cello to create softer, but clear beats.

The slow rock melody guitar opens up the 5:28" piece, called Lilium Cruentus, describing how Imago losses his innocence and struggles to recover his strength. Imago's confusion on his life is depicted by metal beats and riffs in this section. "They tell me you are better off where you are now, I don't care.", the evil presumably whispers to Imago. "I need something to blame for this pain.", Imago attempts to find a scapegoat for all suffers he experienced in this current life.

Suddenly, your TV screen turns into black and you'll only see a candle and its light. An eerie sound humming: "Oh Lord, Oh Lord, won't you hear a sinner prayer.", while a mellow melody guitar played at the back Imago is obviously asking Animae whether he could be forgiven for his sins in the 4:58" Nauticus. Lars Lundin and Alfred Magnusson's diagonal recording technique (portraying the hum on the front right and back left speakers at the same time and vice versa) further dramatizes the ambiance. The candle light almost turns off at the end of the piece when the eerie narration saying "Save me, I'm drifting. Help me, I'm drifting", symbolizing Imago's diminishing hope.

As Animae doesn't answer Imago's call, it appears to me that he becomes disappointed and broken. Putting forward his angers by unveiling his dark side is essentially Mr. Gildenl÷w's message in the next somewhat blues 10:09" composition, called Dea Pecuniae. As I mentioned in the beginning, Imago's dark side is reflected by two characters-Mr. Money and Dea Pecuniae. Materialism and desire on power are some of Imago's dark sides. "If you are looking for fulfillment, a Kingdom and a Crown, a Paradise of Free rides, I am here to let you down." teased Dea Pecuniae to Mr. Money.

The next 4:15" section, called Vocari Dei or Messages to God is the album's trademark. Here, Daniel sets up a phone line for fans from around the world to ring and leave their messages to God. These messages were collated and presented with a peaceful instrumental accompaniment, resulting in what I think the most touching track in the album. "God, if you love us, why we are subject to an increasing injustice through out the world. Do you show your love by tormenting us? It doesn't make any sense", said one of desperate fans, similar to Imago's sober feeling.

Accentuating by the Vocardi Dei fragment, Animae finally takes Imago's call. Starting with staccato and heavy rock riffs, Mr. Gildenl÷w depicts a somewhat unfriendly exchange of words between Animae and Imago in his 7:25" Diffenditia piece. "God, you know, you created a golden cage for your sheep, a stage too wide and deep for us to even see the play.", said Imago. "Man is shattered, I am shattered. My shards have become shards of their own, pieces of pieces, impossible to put back together, they leave me, they do nothing more than spending their lives seeking a context they were already part of, until there is no alternative", Animae complains.

Believing that his creation will never gained back his innocence, Animae regrets and curses himself in the 6:21" and 2:27" grief turned into metal rock composition, named Nihil Mohari and Latericius Valete, respectively. "Nothing will ever change, touch me, heal me. Mankind remains the same. Forests, oceans, bleeding. Nothing will ever change.", Animae cries.

Meanwhile, broken and angry Imago, who lost the guidance, is looking for another more powerful and higher substance as his new master. Setting on the back of classical and church music background, Imago turns to Nauticus, who is actually his most powerful dark side, in the 2:37" Omni section. "We all need something to believe in. I see us in you Nauticus. Will you go, travel on, serving our fragile race? Will you come back to us with the meaning of life?" said Imago to Nauticus. On your TV screen, you could watch Daniel pulls off his jacket, washes it in a small pond in front of the stage, and wears his wet jacket, symbolizing that Imago has cleaned its past and found a new master. What a great stage act!!!

Using a rock opera music as an entry, Mr. Gildenl÷w describes how Imago's dark side runs amok without control in the 6:21" Iter Impius. Here, Mr. Money (one of two Imago dark sides) says: "I woke up today expecting to find all that I sought, and climb the mountain of the life I bought. Finally, I'm at the top of every hierarchy, unfortunately there is no one left.but me. I'm on my own, I am all alone, I am on my own. I'm stuck forever here. Already cold, so cold. I rule the ruins". Imago has been becoming so powerful and successful, but yet he feels alone and empty.

The emptiness felt by Imago is further emphasized by the 6:41" Maritus/Nauticus II. Opened up by slow tempo and gradually rising, Nauticus declares: "I'm at the line, I see it all. I am Nauticus and I'm so much more. I am everything". Imago's dark side has possessed everything-"I am every forest, I am every tree, I am every ocean, I am every sea". He becomes so powerful and even promotes himself to be the new Animae by saying: "And if you listen closely you might hear whisperings in the silence of darkness, beautiful, yet distinguishable and beautifully clear. You might hear the only answer "BE", "BE", "BE". The piece is ended by Daniel's solo percussion, a great way to end this beautiful and complex art work!

Before ending my review on the album, let me quote Mr. Gildenl÷w's answer when he was asked about God (please see ): "I always had a very complicated relationship to the concept of God, because, I mean, God is constantly present in this world weather you believe in him or her or not, you will be aware of the existence and the concept of God in human existence, I've never been able to believe in any of the Gods as presented in any human religion so far, I've always hoped for God, I always wished for God but I never manage to believe and have full faith in the concept of God, especially after working with this concept, I have come and more to the conclusion that the question weather there is a God or not does not apply to our fractal system and is like when this two dimensional guys are looking at the cylinder asking themselves if there's a round shape or a square shape and there is no answer, because you cannot ask that question, because it's beyond our fractal".

Enjoy this piece of beautiful and complex art work with open mind and you will appreciate how genius Daniel Gildenl÷w is.

Best regards, Rizal B. Prasetijo

A Review by Gatot

Time has not passed for me to put down BE studio album CD from my regular play list at my CD player when I received some boxes of amazon order from local post office last week containing - one of them - this package of DVD + CD of BE live. I was not ready to watch the DVD actually because I still want to enjoy the album CD first until I've got all lyrics on top of my head. As I wrote in my review about BE last month - having refrained it for such a long time due to my incapability to write appropriate words for this wonderful album. I felt touched reading a review by by Tim Caudill @ 2:48:59 PM EST, 10/21/2004 at this site on Be studio album especially at this first statement: "The first time I head Pluvius Aestivus, I cried. It's an instrumental. Folks, this is an incredible CD.". And also at the ending part when he wrote: "Open your mind and let it in. Embrace it. Accept it. EXPERIENCE IT!". Yes, that's exactly the same message I wnt to convey to all of you about this package.

It has been in a public domain knowledge that BE had divided PoS fans into two extreme poles: those who liked it and those who hated it. Each pole has their own compelling reasons. As for myself, I am in the "like it" pole with following reasons:

1. BE is a concept album with carefully thought of processes involving references from hundred of books and other references. The idea revolved around Daniel Gildenlow's thinking system since 1996 when he studied cultural history. It seems pretentious for some people. If that is the case then, Mr. Gildenlow is the true master of positioning. Marketing guru like Philip Kotler or strategy guru like Michael Porter or Prahalad should learn from him. But, this is not something new in music industry as we all know that Robert Fripp of King Crimson is also the positioning guru, I believe. So, my view on this is simple: so BE it! Just enjoy the music mate .!!!

2. Musically, BE has demonstrated a true progression of the band career in the progressive world. With BE, I don't think we still can classify PoS as prog met band anymore, even though there is still component of it. The band always challenge the status quo. They don't want to stand still. Change! (with all associated risks, of course).

To test the water, before the album's release the band took unusual step of the full album through a three-week performance at a theatre in their hometown of Eskilstuna with continuous performance: twice a day, five days a week, with full orchestra music. The last shows were filmed and the result was this DVD package. What came out was a great live DVD.

The Performance

The DVD starts off with a blur menu and confusing titles as all characters were printed with mirror image. The concert itself begins with dimming light in companion to the dialogue as in the studio album about "I am" (Animae Partus) portraying good boy played on screen. It continues with great and melodic orchestral arrangement that brings Deus Nova into play with unique prog metal style. Now I can see clearly the players of PoS minus Daniel and nine orchestra members.

The stage concert is worthy to take note here as it's not a usual stage that I have seen so far. It has relatively large pool in the middle front of the stage while the stage itself is not completely flat as it comprises multi layer raised floor. The stage size is relatively big as all PoS players and nine members of Orchestra of Eternity can position their stand freely on stage. It's a terrific design. Overall lighting used on stage is blue. All musicians, including the members of Orchestra of Eternity are wearing unique make-up in white or blue colors. Members of the band like Frederik Hermansson use white make- up at his face. Kristoffer Gildenl÷w is dressed in red, Johan Hallgren and Johan Langell are both bare-chested. These make-ups combined with the stage light has produced shiny color during the course of the show. One thing I observe is that during the show all musicians, including the orchestral members, do not cast any smile during the performance. They want to project the seriousness of their performance.

I like when vocal voicing "10,000 BC 1 million people etc ." produced from recorded sound. Daniel entered the stage at the end of this song. He played his mandolin brilliantly under Imago (Homines Partus). At the end of this song he played the body of the mandolin as he holds a percussion with him. Very nice. Daniel himself takes various positions on stage when he sings or plays musical instrument.

During Lilium Cruentus I like the wonderful opening of a light orchestra featuring oboe and distant voice followed with energetic musical riffs and vocal line. It abruptly stops in a quiet passage to feature melodic lyrical part accompanied with nice orchestra. It again moves to an energetic part in an upbeat tempo.

I have some problems with DVD, however, during the performance of Nauticus where there is only a candle light on my TV screen and there is no camera shot on the vocalist. I wonder that it might be a recorded / playback voice during this song. It's a downside for me as I don't see who sing. The use of video shooting of busy town and also the use of video performing actor for MR. Money is boring one to me. I'd rather see how each musician plays their instrument than watching a video.

The Package

This set comes with bonus material plus hidden tracks that are very hard to locate. I gave up on the hidden tracks as I got confused. It also features bonus audio CD of the show that helps me memorize the show by playing it at CD player or in the player without seeing the picture. As this show took place before the studio album was released there are some differences that have made this bonus CD is truly a collectible item for those who like BE album.

The other thing that impresses me is the 48-page colorful addendum booklet notes that contain abundant of information especially lyrics. Yes, all lyrics are presented here so it's recommended that you watch the DVD while reading the booklet. One thing that really strike into my head was that the part titled as "Layers of Creational Saw Dust" (A Brief Introduction by Daniel Gildenlow) that explains the concept of BE. Content-wise I'm in total disagreement with Daniel that said ".. if God ever existed he might just have been as lost and seeking as we are .". NO, Mr. Gildenlow! God DID exist before anything in the whole universe was created. God created all. That's my strong believe. You should read and understand the Koran. And, God knows it ALL, so God has never been as lost as human beings! If you have a Porcupine Tree CD "Deadwing" you can read in the CD inlay the statement "Allahu Akbar" meaning God is Great! (Alright, alright . this may not be the media, and I understand people will have differing views on this. Let's come back to the DVD .)

Idea-wise, I salute him on creating an atmosphere of inquiring mind for its readers / listeners. He invites us on the discussion of BE and giving the readers the points of departure. I'm amazed by a lot of books that he has used as references including those that I'm familiar with like Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons by Dan Brown or Life of Pi, or A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. Well, well, well .. I know now why some people said that BE is pretentious.


With some downsides that I mentioned, I still consider that this package is a masterpiece and it might be the best DVD of 2005. Enjoying this DVD is very satisfying especially if we use large screen and play the volume LOUD. The ultimate satisfaction will be reached. Great performance! Overall rating 4 ż out of 5 stars of the performance and DVD quality. Keep on proggin'.!!!!

Life seems too small when death takes its toll. - Lilium Cruentus (Deus Nova) "Pain of Salvation"

Progressively yours,


Review by OpethGuitarist
3 stars An theatrical experience more than a listening experience.

BE is one of those few albums that is actually set up to be a drama. The whole storyline is bigger than the music itself, with Gildenlow's unabashed and unshameful politics set loose and in full force. As is with most Pain of Salvation releases, the lead man has no hiding of where he stands on global issues and usually has that at the forefront of his music.

The performance itself is of impeccable quality, with the band spot on. I am a bit disenchanted with the setup. All the members scattered over the "set" only seems to distance me from the music rather than be pulled in by it. In addition, the orchestra off at the side once again proves my point as to the utter uselessness of rock bands adding them in the background. If they are that essential to the music, have them be a part of it, not merely players or "crew members". Although the choice for an orchestra is more fitting here than it would be in say, a Metallica concert, I still am perplexed by a band's choice to incorporate orchestras into live performances. It's more of a marketing novelty than a necessity.

This is not my favorite live performance, but it ranks as perhaps the most theatrical like of all in my collection. If you enjoy BE, the album, and are a fan of drama or theatre, I have no doubt that you will certainly like this record. I believe it is very good, but with the aforementioned probelms I see in it, it's not on my continued playlist.

Review by Finnforest
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars I am not a huge metalhead by any stretch, but I am..becoming a PoS fan. "Be" is a most amazing DVD experience. There are videos, there are concert DVDs, and then there is the "Be" DVD. A 70-minute ride that had me glued to the TV every second.

A fallible God? Well, it would explain a lot, wouldn't it? I'm not going into a discussion about all the concepts of this album because I don't feel like writing a book. Suffice to say that there's a lot there to chew on courtesy of Daniel's commentary track and the 48 page..yes, you heard me...48 page accompanying booklet. There are several topics addressed that could be controversial or even blasphemy to some although I don't feel that way. I like to see someone in Gildenlow's position of influence questioning established dogmas and social assumptions.

"Be" is a unique presentation that mixes a live concert of the full concept album with a live orchestra, a small intimate venue, and some conceptual music video. The music is rich and engaging, the performance close to perfection, and the concepts interesting. The specially constructed stage with its pool of water, the lighting, the costumes, the makeup, every possible detail hasbeen infused with meaning. The music was so rigidly constructed that the band chose a click-track to play along to during these shows. There could be no mistakes because the songs and the visuals were linked as was the band and orchestra. Daniel states that one of his favorite things about these shows was watching the faces of the audience. He said after a while he could see the moment when a person would stop trying to anticipate what they were going to hear and just relaxed and prepared to be surprised by the unknown. He really got off on that and when you think about it, that should be something that all prog fans of PoS should celebrate rather than criticize as "going too far" or not copying their previous favorite album. The fact that they can surprise their fans after this many years is a sign of a success.

The music. As good as the visual presentation is the music is better. Being a PoS newbie I've only heard three of their albums. This is my favorite material so far. The songs are so wonderfully diverse and majestic. Gildenlow's vocal performance is nothing short of astonishing. He moves here so effortlessly between quiet sensitive melody to regular verse singing to screaming rage to gospel reverence, always passionate and believable and perfect. The rest of the band is equally proficient.

"I am." The show begins with complete darkness in which pulsing red lights signify the origins in "Animae Partus." The orchestra begins playing and the band lauches into "Deus Nova" which is a fierce crescendo of riffs set to a reading of population figures over time. The time shifts and zig zags in the bands playing are very cool during this part. "I created the world to be an image of myself." Then we're into "Imago" which is a nice folky song where Daniel plays a stringed instrument hand made by his grandfather. There are some hand drums in this piece and the orchestra really begins to sparkle. They are here, Daniel explains, not just to make PoS songs pretty as other bands do with their "orchestra" albums, but rather to be an integral and driving part of the songs. Next is an absolutely breathtaking piano solo by Hermansson accented by strings that is one of many highlights. Another "normal" song follows in "Lilium Cruentus" and it's very good, moving back and forth from lovely melody to screaming rock. "Nauticus" is another departure moving into gospel territory; it's a slow and moving religious dirge. The camera focuses on a burning candle in darkness with some conceptual video coming and going. We then switch gears again 180 degrees with Mr. Money which is such a cool song with Daniel looking like Geddy Lee strutting around both on stage and in video. The whole band and orchestra dons shades to contribute to this commentary on selfishness and capitalism that would have Roger Waters smiling ear to ear and the Rand fans crying to mama. "I could have bought a Third World country with the riches that I've spent, but modern economics claim I deserved every single cent." It does get a bit overblown by the end but at this point, what the hell? They're going for broke here. Next is the famous "message" segment where fans were invited to leave messages to God on an answering machine and these are played over light music. It's a very intimate and moving piece accented by great bass lines and guitar harmonics. "Diffidentia" is next and this is another crunching rocker that sounds a little like Indukti but with vocals. "save me, I'm drifting away..." This is one of the tracks where the vocals are just belted out with such power and precision in places, quite stunning. "Nihil Morari" revisits the "Deus Nova" riffs that just boggle the mind as the guys are plenty warmed up now and just smokin. The strings and acoustic guitar ground the piece nicely. Another soft acoustic passage follows with great strings and lovely grand piano. Then the stage goes black as we hear some audio newscast headlines of various tragedies demonstrating a world out of control and mired in chaos. Dramatic organ passage as DG sings "serving our fragile race, will you come back to us with the meaning of life." He then submerges himself in the water in the onstage pool and becomes Mr. Money having an apparent breakdown/reawakening. He realizes he has made some tragic mistakes and will pay dearly. In "Martius" Daniel is back in the water singing of personal revelation and then back at Grandpa's stringed instrument pulling off some nice playing with hands that must have still been wet! That's not easy! The finale is a flurry of percussion. "You might hear the only answer..BE..I am!"

I have few criticisms here. It's true that spontaneity is sacrificed to the concept and there are just a couple of those marvelous guitar solos when you might want more of them. At times Daniel's philosophical IQ and lyrical ability don't quite reach the heights that he shoots for but I certainly respect him for trying. During "Imago" I couldn't help but laugh at the fact that Daniel reminded me of Jack Black's Tenacious D homage to Dio styled fantasy metal (take me to the forest, teach me of the trees..) I'm sure he would cringe a little at someone making that connection..sorry! At times the orchestral parts are muddied during the heavier sections making the subtler nuances harder to find. As great as the show is it falls just a hair short of some the very best visual extravaganzas like The Wall, Kate at the Hammersmith, or Stop Making Sense. But who cares, it's freakin great. An effort like "Be" could have been a total disaster in the hands of a lesser band or any band that didn't sincerely believe they could pull it off. Their confidence and talents are what makes this so clearly successful.

I came to this site thinking the idea of metal music as progressive rather a joke but I decided to throw myself into it to be objective. I was WRONG and this band more than any other is responsible for flipping me. I will say that there are some aspects of prog-metal that are somewhat clichÚd and predictable, meaning the genre is as susceptible to stagnation as any other. But not here. So a big thank you to PoS for breaking down the door to this genre for me. I heartily recommend this DVD to everyone. If you leave your preconceived notions at the door, I can't think of why anyone would not enjoy this conceptual experience.

Review by Tapfret
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
5 stars Pain of Salvation showed what can be considered very minor variations in their sound during their 4 album evolution leading up to this work. None of their work lacked in dynamic contrast. However, while well executed, much of their sound and instrumentation was very conventional in relation to its heavy rock and metal roots. This changed dramatically for 'BE'. The sounds eminating from the band and orchestral instruments fit more with the concept and feeling of each piece rather than an implied or academic musical direction.

Prior to 'BE', my favorite POS album was 'One hour by the Concrete Lake', an album typically not well received. 'BE' employs a broader spectrum of styles to convey similar questions of, to quote Douglas Adams, "Life, the Universe and Everything". But where 'One hour..." was rooted in the terrestrial, 'BE' encompasses the relation between the terrestrial and metaphysical. The use of a small orchestra, even during the metal parts, is well conceived and executed. The included reading material explains the evolution of the project and Gildenlow's ponderings of our very existence, and in turn, since we are created in God's image, God's questioning of his own existence. A monumental concept album.

Review by Prog Leviathan
2 stars Not the best performance of this ambitious album, but still listenable given its complexity. Rather, one will want to check this one out for the concert's visuals, but not necessarily because of their excellence. Daniel is appropriately cool, changing outfits and performing theatrics appropriate to the song's themes, but everyone else is... well, very goofy. The symphony is dressed in suits with painted face, some of them looking like little gnomes uncomfortable with the half-naked, tattooed, red-painted, scruffy bearded, dreadlocked, guitar playing Johan Hallgren snarling through his box of plexi-glass and the odd looks Kristopher Gildenlow gives to the camera in his skimpy outfit, which looks very "Rocky Horroresque".

As a whole, the limited content (just "Be") and the (admit it) mediocre performances relegate this live DVD into the region of "only for the fans."

Setlist 2 Instrumental Performances 2 Stage Energy 2 Live Experience 3

Review by ProgBagel
4 stars Pain of Salvation - "Be: Original Stage Production" 4 stars

This is an excellent live version of the subsequent album 'Be'. I recommend this to Gabriel era Genesis fans because of Daniel's theatrical stage presence. The stage on the DVD is beautiful. The stage is very dark, contains three levels and has a small pool right in the center, which looks great. The band members and orchestra are separated throughout the decent sized stage, which in turn, makes the visualizations much better and more diverse because the amount of people on the stage is in the upper teens. Finally to add a little more about things going on in the stage, the band members are all representing different colors to take symbols that are apparent in the concept itself.

All of the songs were preformed beautifully, the band members were consistently doing something on the stage whether it would be just doing the norm, taking a percussive role or just openly expressing their emotions to the music. Daniel used several props during this event, like wearing a Silhoutte in 'Imago' and a suit and wine glass in 'Dea Pecuniae'.

The only serious downfall to this DVD is the lack of material. I know that this performance was just meant for 'BE' but I would have liked to have maybe some material from other shows. This came with a CD version, but is it really that necessary? This DVD is quite pricey, so I feel like unless you are a fan, you might feel like you were ripped off just a little bit.

Review by progkidjoel
5 stars An essential extravaganza! A veritable display of pure musicality and creativity!

This is one of the DVD's which every prog fan should own. The performance is raw, brutal, beautiful, dynamic, and in many ways, perfect. Pain of Salvation have always had an incredible theatricality to their sound as a band, and this performance, with it's handycam interludes, costume changes, and dynamic stage set up, complete with orchestra, do such brilliant music justice on an entirely new level.

Here, the band play their progressive rock conceptual magnum opus - BE. This 70 minute beast of an album is transposed nearly perfectly into a live performance here, with the complete orchestra, instrumentation, spoken word interludes and radio broadcasts. The transition from studio to live is done flawlessly, meticulously and in a truly outstanding fashion which few other artists have done so perfectly.

The performances themselves are brilliant, some tracks contain slightly different overall sounds, some skip a beat or two, some have entirely new lyric sets (Pluvius Aestivus) or added spoken word sections (Martius/Nauticus), all compelling well done. Front man Daniel Gildenlow has one of the strongest voices of all time, and his operatic timbre really shines on many of these tracks, Iter Impius in particular. The rest of the band is spot on for the entire show, with Johan's blistering guitar solos and subtle rhythms sitting perfectly amongst the great orchestral work.

The video quality on this DVD is not brilliant, although it is sufficient. The copy I have only offers 4:3 screen ratio, although this is no real problem with modern resizing technology. The colours seem somewhat washed out in some of the darker scenes, but nothing distracting. The audio quality is fantastic, although oddly is mixed in 5.1 although presented in 5.1 with a purposely muted center channel. The other usual options for stereo are available here, although BE really is a better experience in surround. It is worth mentioning the DVD package comes in a wonderful slip case, with a live CD of the show included, as well as a booklet with many notes about the album and its concept which will be of interest to fans and new comers alike (myself at the time of acquiring this goody).

Truly progressive, and truly brilliant. An absolutely essential live package.


Latest members reviews

5 stars It's more a spiritual, mental test and adventure than only a live album. Moreover it's a very controversial point of view (but how probable) if it comes to religion and God and the world and people and our future. But this could be told about the studio album, so let's concentrate on what conc ... (read more)

Report this review (#65977) | Posted by | Sunday, January 22, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars well i bought be when it first came out and i was surprised.pos made a big change with this album...both concept and music are,when the dvd came out,i was curious to see how daniel gildenlow could put on stage that kind of concept.when i saw it i realised how clever these guys are.i ... (read more)

Report this review (#65556) | Posted by | Thursday, January 19, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Be Live is more than a live an extrasensorial experience. POS are surely the most exciting new prog metal band sensation...but genres and categories cannot make their eccentric sound stand out. To really understand thei music, you could only lose yourself in the depths of mind consc ... (read more)

Report this review (#52200) | Posted by Octamarium | Tuesday, October 18, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars For me the biggest revelation these past few years has been when I bought BE without ever have hearing POS. I was blown away. I heard they were good on prog forums and so but I wasn't expecting this. The DVD is almost perfect, certainly the concert is perfect and I'd say nearly too perfect. ... (read more)

Report this review (#45169) | Posted by | Thursday, September 1, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The live DVD of this concert is quite possibly one of the most amazing performances I've ever watched. First of all, the whole album is so deep and well thought out. The entire project was very well planned and thought out. It has all the elements that make Pain of Salvation who they are: meta ... (read more)

Report this review (#39824) | Posted by | Tuesday, July 19, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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