Header

SALVA

Crossover Prog • Sweden


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Salva picture
Salva biography
The long lasting friendship of Stefan and Per goes back to the early 80's when they were about seven or eight years old. Their meeting, however, had nothing to do with music. They were both on the same handball-team and has been friends ever since. Growing up they found that they shared a burning passion for music and formed their first band in their teens. The emphasis on the music was hard rock and heavy metal and the band played some live shows at school happenings and such.

In "gymnasiet" (the Swedish equivalent to high school) Per met keyboard player Johan through mutual friends. They gelled instantly and Per persuaded Johan to join the band as well. In their late teens they felt it was time to make some money off the music so they started playing cover-songs on the live circuit of south-western Sweden (pubs, clubs, parties etc.) with great success. To this day they are still performing in this manner (under the "Stämband"-moniker) and have been doing so for the last 12 years.

The SALVA-project has been the brain-child of Per for many years but it hasn't had the chance to fully blossom until now. He finds it very fulfilling to finally be able to write and record the kind of music that is dearest to his heart. As always, it's very hard to put labels on music, especially when it's your own, but the closest would probably be to describe SALVA'S music as symphonic hard rock with occasional folk tendencies.

From the SALVA website: http://www.salvaband.com/

Salva official website

SALVA MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

SALVA forum topics / tours, shows & news


SALVA forum topics Create a topic now
SALVA tours, shows & news Post an entries now

SALVA Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Show all SALVA videos (1) | Search and add more videos to SALVA

Buy SALVA Music


ThirstThirst
Import
Ais 2011
Audio CD$22.31
$23.43 (used)
Complex HousingComplex Housing
Import
P-Vine Japan/Zoom 2011
Audio CD$38.56
$12.75 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Salva Nos by Mediaeval Baebes (Album CD, Sep-1998, Virgin Records (USA)) USD $18.99 Buy It Now 12h 2m
Tadeas Salva: Cello Cocnerto/Three Arias/Little Suite/... 0747313250974, CD, NEW USD $17.26 Buy It Now 23h 4m
Ram Science - So Jesus Salva - White - 1999 #279775 USD $6.24 Buy It Now 1 day
Faithless - Salva Mea (2008 Remix) - Wrong Un #279351 USD $6.24 Buy It Now 1 day
MARTA SUI TUBI - SALVA GENTE (IMPORT) NEW CD USD $33.58 Buy It Now 1 day
FAITHLESS SALVA MEA VINYL 12'' USD $3.00 [0 bids]
2 days
Salva Nos by Mediaeval Baebes (CD, Jan-2000, Nettwerk America) USD $8.00 [0 bids]
2 days
JESUS SALVA-Fe Viva-1999-JOSHUA'S TREE PRODUCTIONS-Latin-GOSPEL-Christian-VOCAL USD $8.98 [0 bids]
3 days
Mediaeval Baebes : Salva Nos CD (1998) USD $4.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Faithless: Salva Mea (Deleted 5 track Remix CD Single) USD $6.24 Buy It Now 3 days
FAITHLESS ~ 4 TRACK CD ~ SALVA MEA ~ 4 DIFFERENT MIXES USD $7.43 Buy It Now 3 days
T. Salva - Cello Concerto/Three Arias/Little Suite/Slovak Con [CD New] USD $7.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Salva 2011 Complex Housing LP Blue Marbled Vinyl US Electronic Dubstep Mint USD $8.99 Buy It Now 4 days
FAITHLESS - SALVA MEA - 1996-CD USD $6.99 Buy It Now 4 days
FAITHLESS SALVA MEA CD USD $1.55 [0 bids]
4 days
CD MEDIAEVAL BAEBES Salva Nos w/GAUDETE NEAR MINT CANADA USD $7.00 Buy It Now 4 days
SET OF 3 MEDIAEVAL BAEBES CDs ,THE ROSE, THE HUNTRESS & SALVA NOS USD $15.63 [1 bids]
4 days
Christmas Pastorale Slovak Folk Ensemble Paulin Bajan Tadeas Salva Playgraded USD $8.99 Buy It Now 4 days
FAITHLESS Salva mea 12" vinyl USD $12.52 Buy It Now 5 days
FAITHLESS Salva Mea CD USD $4.69 Buy It Now 5 days
Salva Gente by Marta Sui Tubi *New CD* USD $19.45 Buy It Now 5 days
Mediaeval Baebes - Salva Nos (Promo CD) USD $4.98 Buy It Now 5 days
12" Italy 1995 Prog House Italo FAITHLESS salva mea VG+ DV 121 Vinyl Record USD $6.00 Buy It Now 5 days
SALVA Complex Housing LP NEW VINYL Blue MP3 B.Bravo Kal USD $20.99 Buy It Now 6 days
S & H (Sample & Hold) Salva Mea 12" Vinyl USD $13.30 Buy It Now 6 days
FAITHLESS "SALVA MEA (REMIXES)" 1997 *MINT* PROMO 2X12" USD $9.99 Buy It Now 6 days
SALVA - Yellobone EP - 12" USD $24.39 Buy It Now 6 days
T. Salva - Cello Concerto/Three Arias/Little Suite/Slovak Con CD USD $13.79 Buy It Now 6 days
CANADA FRENCH QUEBEC 60s BEAT TEEN-AGE 45 RPM NORMAND SALVA ET LES INTIMES PR USD $24.99 Buy It Now 7 days
ANGELICA MARIA & HUMBERTO CRAVIOTO - SALVA EL AMOR - LP USD $9.99 Buy It Now 7 days
Faithless ?- Salva Mea (Save Me) : Cheeky Records USD $2.02 Buy It Now 8 days
Faithless Salva Mea RARE CD Single USD $3.32 Buy It Now 8 days
Forever Faithless: Greatest Hits Insomnia God Is A DJ Mass Destruction Salva Mea USD $4.95 Buy It Now 8 days
Blood of the Lamb musical John Gowans SEALED LP / Salva USD $8.99 Buy It Now 8 days
Salva Nos Mediaeval Baebes Virgin UK Import NM CD USD $11.99 Buy It Now 9 days
Salva Nos (1997) MEDIAEVAL BABES CD USD $6.24 Buy It Now 9 days
FAITHLESS Salva Mea CD 5 Track Radio Edit B/w Epic Mix, Sister Bliss Remix, Dj Q USD $8.20 Buy It Now 9 days
FAITHLESS Salva Mea CD 5 Track Radio Edit B/w Epic Mix, Way Out West Mix, Slow V USD $8.20 Buy It Now 9 days
SALVA ME THE FLAVORLESSNESS OF WATER JAPAN CD SEAL HG18 USD $5.49 Buy It Now 11 days
Faithless - Salva Mea (5 trk CD2 / Listen) USD $4.68 Buy It Now 11 days
Mediaeval Baebes - Salva Nos USA Shipping Included USD $4.67 Buy It Now 13 days
Cello Concerto/Three Arias/Little Suite/Slovak Con - T. Salva (2012, CD New) USD $8.27 Buy It Now 13 days
MEDIAEVAL BAEBES SALVA NOS CASSETTE USD $15.65 Buy It Now 13 days
FAITHLESS Salva Mea CD2 SINGLE 1996 MINT Rollo Sister Bliss Cheeky CHEKXCD.018 USD $4.99 Buy It Now 14 days
CARLOS GARDEL SI SE SALVA EL PIBE / AQUEL TAPADO / SELF TITLED ARG 10' 3 LP SET USD $42.10 Buy It Now 14 days
Faithless Salva Mea (French Import) CD USD $12.91 Buy It Now 14 days
Faithless - Salva Mea - CD - Single USD $1.55 Buy It Now 14 days
Salva Festa Dies - Gregorianische Gesange Factory Sealed lp 6580 061 USD $6.99 Buy It Now 14 days
C,CILE MCLORIN SALVA - WOMANCHILD [C,CILE MCLORIN SALVANT] - NEW CD USD $11.20 Buy It Now 14 days
NORMAND SALVA ET LES INTIMES FRENCH QUEBEC 60s 45 TOUJOURS LA USD $14.99 Buy It Now 14 days
Faithless - Salva Mea (8 trk Import CD / Listen) USD $9.37 Buy It Now 15 days
Medieval Babes - Salva Nos Sampler (1997 Promo CD Single) 5 Trax. Folk/Country USD $4.68 Buy It Now 15 days
CD . FAITHLESS . SALVA MEA / DON'T LEAVE . REMIXES . AUSSIE 6 TRACK SINGLE . EXC USD $6.49 Buy It Now 15 days
Salva Me Flavorlessness of Water CD USD $4.79 Buy It Now 15 days
MADE IN BRAZIL DEUS SALVA O ROCK ALIVIA LP 1stPRESS 1985 DORSAL ATLANTICA USD $44.66 Buy It Now 15 days
OM UNIT The Timps 12" NEW VINYL Civil Hrdvsion Salva Nathan Jonson USD $20.99 Buy It Now 16 days
SALVA-COMPLEX HOUSING-RARE ADVANCE PROMO CD-2011-14 TRACKS-Paul Salva USD $3.00 Buy It Now 16 days
ANA SIA Surreal Estate DJ Mix CD NEW Eprom Salva Sepalcure XI Distal Starkey USD $15.99 Buy It Now 16 days
SALVA - Complex Housing - blue vinyl LP + free mp3 download code USD $25.17 Buy It Now 16 days
ANGHARAD GRUFFYDD JONES; LAWRENCE ZAZZO - PERGOLESI; STABAR MATER / SALVA REGINA USD $15.19 Buy It Now 17 days
Faithless - Salva Mea.(5 Mixes)(1997). USD $7.81 Buy It Now 17 days
Faithless - Salva Mea.(Sister Bliss Mix)(1997). USD $7.81 Buy It Now 17 days
FAITHLESS SALVA MEA SAVE ME 12" VINYL PROGRESSIVE HOUSE USD $10.15 Buy It Now 17 days
Salva Nos CD Mediaeval Baebes MINT Rock Pop World Classical RARE USD $9.00 Buy It Now 17 days
Faithless - Salva Mea (Mixes) (CD2 Single) USD $5.46 Buy It Now 17 days
Faithless - Salva Mea (Mixes) (CD1 Single) USD $5.46 Buy It Now 17 days
Faithless Salva Mea (Save Me) 12" Cheeky Records 1995 USD $20.32 Buy It Now 18 days
Sudecka Philharmonic Fiorini: Violin Concertos [Emanuel Salva CD USD $17.07 Buy It Now 18 days
FAITHLESS - Salva Mea - Scarce 1996 UK 5-track CD single USD $11.95 Buy It Now 18 days
C,CILE MCLORIN SALVA - WOMANCHILD [C,CILE MCLORIN SALVANT] - NEW CD USD $15.37 Buy It Now 18 days
MARTA SUI TUBI - SALVA GENTE - NEW CD USD $18.76 Buy It Now 18 days
Mediaeval Baebes, Salva Nos Audio CD USD $4.61 Buy It Now 19 days
SALVA - COMPLEX HOUSING - ADVANCE-CD USD $6.99 Buy It Now 19 days
Faithless - Salva Mea (Remixes) 2-Record 12" Vinyl Single - Trance/House USD $7.15 Buy It Now 19 days
FAITHLESS - SALVA MEA (SAVE ME) - CASSETTE TAPE SINGLE USD $9.37 Buy It Now 20 days
FAITHLESS - SALVA MEA (SAVE ME) - WAY OUT WEST MIX - CASSETTE TAPE SINGLE USD $9.37 Buy It Now 20 days
Caro Band Te Salva CD USD $6.99 Buy It Now 20 days
Santos Salva-Vida CD USD $7.73 Buy It Now 20 days
SALVA, TADEAS - TADE S SALVA: CELLO CONCERTO; THREE ARIAS; LITTLE - NEW CD USD $7.85 Buy It Now 20 days
Te Salva by La Caro Band (CD, Aug-2000, Bembe Records) USD $3.00 Buy It Now 20 days
JAMESZOO Faaveelaa 12" NEW VINYL Rwina Eprom Starkey Salva Dimlite fLaKo Om Unit USD $15.99 Buy It Now 20 days
Faithless Salva Mea USD $8.00 Buy It Now 20 days
FAITHLESS - SALVA MEA - UK CD SINGLE USD $3.11 Buy It Now 20 days
FAITHLESS ~ 6 TRACK CD - SALVA MEA / 6 DIFFERENT MIXES USD $5.40 Buy It Now 21 days
FAITHLESS - Salva Mea. RARE uk CASSINGLE USD $6.24 Buy It Now 21 days
Verdi/Puccini/Dvorak/Bizet - Legendary Voices Of The Past-Mafalda Salva [CD New] USD $20.29 Buy It Now 21 days
LANGLAIS-LANGLAIS:MISSA SALVA REGINA CD NEW USD $9.48 Buy It Now 21 days
Salva Mea (Save Me) Faithless CD single (CD5 / 5") UK CHEKCD008 CHEEKY 1995 USD $14.85 Buy It Now 21 days
Faithless Salva Mea UK CD single (CD5 / 5") CHEKCD.018 CHEEKY 1996 USD $18.76 Buy It Now 21 days
Salva Mea Faithless UK CD single (CD5 / 5") CHEKXCD.018 CHEEKY 1996 USD $17.19 Buy It Now 21 days
Salva Nos by Mediaeval Baebes, BRAND NEW FACTORY SEALED CD (Sep-1998, Virgin) USD $37.40 Buy It Now 22 days
S&H salva mea / ten forty 12" VG+ TW12-55309 Trance Vinyl 1996 Record USD $10.00 Buy It Now 22 days
Salva Nos by Mediaeval Baebes (CD, Jan-2000, Nettwerk America) USD $3.25 Buy It Now 22 days
TADEAS SALVA-SALVA:CELLO CONCERTO CD NEW USD $10.22 Buy It Now 22 days
No Permitas Cd Cristo Salva 16572 USD $5.99 Buy It Now 22 days
Agarra La Honda Cd Cristo Te Salva 16577 USD $5.99 Buy It Now 22 days
Eso Fue Ayer Cd Cristo Te Salva 16636 USD $5.99 Buy It Now 22 days
En Su Presencia Cd Cristo Te Salva 17024 USD $5.99 Buy It Now 22 days
Edicion Especial Cd Cristo Te Salva 17501 USD $5.99 Buy It Now 22 days
En Vivo desde Juchitan Cd - Cristo Te Salva 17502 USD $5.99 Buy It Now 22 days


More places to buy SALVA music online Buy SALVA & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for SALVA DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

SALVA shows & tickets


  • Salva + Two Fresh + Falcons at Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood on 19 Dec 2014
  • Salva + Sango at The Hoxton, Toronto on 26 Dec 2014
  • Holy Ship! on 3 Jan 2015

SALVA discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

SALVA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.47 | 26 ratings
A Handful of Earth
2004
3.87 | 37 ratings
Left To Burn
2007
3.94 | 84 ratings
Thirst
2011

SALVA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

SALVA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

SALVA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

SALVA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

SALVA Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Left To Burn by SALVA album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.87 | 37 ratings

BUY
Left To Burn
Salva Crossover Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Salva is a band from Sweden with 3 albums in theor pocket since now, Left to burn is the second offer from 2007. Well, I had hard times listning to this release in one spin, I don't know why but something is missing in overall sound. Is a decent album, with some nice instrumental passages, specially some good keyboards, but I don't like the voice at all, is to in front like the drums, and is not pleasent to my ears. The music is a combination of heavy prog passages with some folk touches here and there, not really bad but is not a convinceing offer to me. The best tune is A dying rose , nearly 11 min where the arrangements are more then ok, the rest of the pieces are decent but fail to impress me big time. I don't get it how some listners considered this to be a masterpice. 3 stars, ok but nothing more.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Thirst by SALVA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.94 | 84 ratings

BUY
Thirst
Salva Crossover Prog

Review by mgarrett

5 stars Swedish band Salva are back with their third release and follow up to 2007's "Left to burn". It has, in my humble opinion, been well worth the wait (even if one could wish for a shorter waiting period in between albums in the future).

Salva's music is a rich, adventurous hybrid of symphonic prog, heavy metal, folk and even pop- rock in the Beatles-tradition. This album sees the band taking another big step in their musical development and it is nice to hear that "Thirst" incorporates even more heavy influences than on previous releases. Some of the riffs are really killer.

The album kicks off with one of the album's heaviest riffs in "Exclamation Point". Nice interplay between riffing guitars and mellotron in odd time signatures. Intense and powerful vocals takes over in the verse with heavy staccato playing from the band. Salva's strong harmony vocals are introduced in the b-part/chorus, recalling the vocal-work of old greats such as The Eagles and The Beach Boys but set to a heavy, pushing pulse of intense playing. The song slows down after a couple of minutes in an atmospheric breather with arpeggio guitars and a soaring Moog-lead before taking off again with a melodic guitar lead set to arpeggiated synthesizers which kind of reminds me of Muse. More heavy riffing, a blistering guitar solo and some great vocal passages leads back to the main theme which closes the track. A great album opener!

The second track, "Primoris Iugum" displays the folky side of Salva with superb accordion and mandoline-led themes that takes the listener in to a sparse verse with passionate vocals, acoustic guitar, upright bass and accordion. A heavy riff leads in to a richer part with guitars, hammond organ and harmony vocals. The song then settles down again to an atmospheric background with lovely counterpoint harmony vocals that reminds me a little bit of Gentle Giant. A downright folk passage with accordion, mandoline and tin whistle leads to a quick reprise of the heavy riff before settling in a mysterious almost arabic-sounding guitar theme set to atmospheric synths and interesting rhythm work from bass and drums. This leads in to a coda with acoustic guitars, warm hammond organ and more superb vocal harmonies in a counterpoint fashion. This section recalls Pink Floyd circa Dark Side-era. The track closes with a reprise of the folk theme. Lovely, rich, folky track that is also available as a music video on YouTube.

"Adjustment for all" (Funny paraphrasing on "And justice for all") is, with its 12 minutes, the closest Salva comes to a prog epic on the album. The instrumental themes that fills up the first five minutes range from rich moog-themes to almost funky guitar riffing until it slows down in a presentation of the main theme with mellotron-flutes a'la "Strawberry fields forever" and acoustic guitar. The song goes in to a sparse ballad with nice piano work before erupting in a beautiful, melancholy guitar solo. The song shifts to more force again before halting in an eerie moog-solo over a jazzy setting of rhodes piano, bass and brushed drums. The song then moves over the main themes in order to conlude in a heavy retro-prog theme over-flowing with powerful guitars and mellotrons. This track is superbly adventurous and rich and is one of my personal favourites.

Next we have "Can of worms". It starts with a chilling mellotron-cello which is quickly interupted by a heavy guitar riff. This brings more modern metal bands to mind. The lead vocals on this song are handed over by main singer Per Malmberg to guitarist Stefan Gavik who does a really good job as well. This track is a bit more straight forward with pumping guitar riffs and nice harmony vocals throughout. The chorus introduces some lovely high pitched vocals and the band even introduces some dissonant sounds which further broadens their sonical pallette. After an atmospheric interlude of evocative synthesizers, a blistering guitar solo over a fast paced riff increases the intensity for the closing chorus and ending riff. Really cool song in a heavy metal-vein.

The fifth song, "Frost", is introduced by the bass of Fredrik Lindqvist resting on a bed of atmospheric synthesizers and an ominous grand piano. This song sounds really symphonic with heavy riffing guitars and lush classical strings recalling the sound of gothic metalbands such as Nightwish and Therion. The verse takes the intensity down a notch as a bridge to the softer, almost romantic b-part. After a second verse the riffing takes over again and leads the song in to an amazing synthsolo that continues over several different parts. The song then concludes, first in a beautiful coda with some highly emotional vocals by Per Malmberg set to arpeggiated guitars and atmospheric synthesizers and then in a peculiar melodic ending theme with rhodes piano, guitars and flute. Great song!

"Losing battle" is something we've never heard from Salva before. It's a piano ballad with what seems to be a string quartet. Wonderful vocals from Malmberg with equally wonderful piano playing from Johan Lindqvist. This is the shortest track on the album clocking in at only 3:30 and works perfectly as a beautiful, romantic interlude between the longer, more proggy tracks.

The album closes with the 10-minute track "One week" which starts with an arpeggiated electric guitar theme that builds with the rest of the band joining in as the theme progresses. The music continues with a rhythmic passage with a lovely moog lead until reaching the main guitar riff theme. The song suddenly breaks down in to an atmospheric soundscape that brings electronica and ambient music to mind which leads in to the first verse. Drums and bass join in a slow paced chorus that introduces Salva's trademark harmony vocals. After this the track picks up speed with a funky, almost bluesy feel with great riffing and Hammond organ filled with attitude. The song takes another turn when the tempo halts and goes in to a tight rhythmic theme with drums, bass and moog bass. Over this the soaring lead guitar of Stefan Gavik conjure up the ghosts of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Great guitar solo! Via several different themes and passages the song concludes with the main guitar/hammond theme and ends with the lonely tones of a musical box which closes the album (which seems to be a Salva tradition).

This album is simply amazing and Salva's greatest achievement yet. Can't wait for the next album. My warmest recommendations.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Left To Burn by SALVA album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.87 | 37 ratings

BUY
Left To Burn
Salva Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This is SALVA's second album from 2007.These guys are from Sweden and this is a concept album that deals with rage, frustrations and fears. Some heavy lyrics here actually.Weird cover art. I'm not really a fan of the vocals and they sound like they're double tracked a lot.

"No Greater Wrath" opens with atmosphere as faint spoken words can be heard. It kicks in around a minute.The drums sound too upfront here. Catchy song though as the vocals come in before 2 minutes. Nice guitar solo after 6 minutes and we get accordion and mandolin late. "Ord Ver.2" is more laid back with a beat and vocals. Swedish vocals on this track only. A synth solo after 2 minutes when the vocals stop followed by a guitar solo then the vocals return. "Dying Rose" opens with accordion and a sample of children playing.The music kicks in quickly and vocals arrive before a minute. Heavy guitar and piano come and go. A change before 7 1/2 minutes as atmosphere and faint vocals can be heard then it kicks back in with aggression.

"Clara Leaving" is a catchy tune with vocals. A pretty good song actually. "Aska" is an instrumental that opens with strummed guitar as sampled mellotron comes in. Piano and bass join in as well. It turns heavy then the mellotron returns after 5 minutes.The guitar starts to solo then it settles down a minute later.Good song. A top three. "Stained" is my favourite. It opens with the word "Unforgivable" then a nice heavy sound eventually kicks in.This is good. Mellotron 7 1/2 minutes in then it calms down with spoken vocals. Some ripping guitar 4 1/2 minutes in. "Underneath" is the other top three. It settles down quickly with flute-like and a beat. Reserved vocals join in. It's fuller after 2 1/2 minutes when the vocals stop. Vocals are back as it settles and these contrasts continue. Accordion later.

The last three songs really save this from being 2 stars in my opinion. Just not a fan at all of the first half of this album.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 A Handful of Earth  by SALVA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.47 | 26 ratings

BUY
A Handful of Earth
Salva Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars If this is not an art rock band,then which is?SALVA come from Sweden and were formed by three friends in 2003.At the end of 04' their hard work finally was ended up in their debut ''A handful of earth''.

If you expect full-blown complex progressive rock from SALVA,look somewhere else.SALVA insist on playing a rather groovy-styled short-track-oriented rock form with accesible musicianship and lots of rhythmic parts.Were is the progressive rock style then?Firstly it's the heavy use of analog keyboards and the quite limited digital ones.Secondly their guitar melodies have an intense Scandinavian feeling and they also use instruments like cellos,flutes and harmonica in some parts .Then comes the mass of distorted vocal lines,while actually hints of legends like KING CRIMSON are obvious in the guitar work.Do this elements make them a prog rock band?....I really do not know...The thing I do know is that the album gets somewhat boring along the way,all melodies and grooves sound soooo similar,that is quite annoying at some point...Accesible rock in progressive forms?Progressive rock in accesible forms?The future of prog sound?...I would prefer another direction for progressive rock music...

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 A Handful of Earth  by SALVA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.47 | 26 ratings

BUY
A Handful of Earth
Salva Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

2 stars 2.5 stars. SALVA are from Sweden and they play melodiic synth / drum led music with litle in the way of guitar solos. The vocals are the main focus though and I don't like them at all. I've been listenining to this cd all week and it hasn't gotten any better for me because of my problems with the vocals.

"Never Again" is fairly heavy to begin with as synths arrive, deep vocals come in before a minute as it settles down. Lots of synths in this one. "A Thousand Deaths" again has a nice heavy intro with vocals after a minute,and again I don't like them. This is catchy at times and even becomes a little jazzy 7 minutes in. "Trick Of The Century" is one of my least favourites on here. A synth led track with vocals 2 minutes in.

"Land Of Obscurity" is heavy to begin with but settles down as vocals arrive quickly. Good guitar solo 2 minutes in as the tempo continues to shift. "Faith Versus Reason" opens with guitar and drums. More excellent guitar 3 1/2 minutes in with a synth solo 7 minutes in. Guitar ends it. "Rain" has a catchy intro but I can't get past the vocals on this one. "Gone" has some heaviness before a minute but it's brief as synths and drums will lead the way on this one. I do like the guitar before 7 minutes though.

This is one of the few records that miss the mark with me on several levels.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Left To Burn by SALVA album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.87 | 37 ratings

BUY
Left To Burn
Salva Crossover Prog

Review by ProgLucky
Forum & Site Admin Group The Founder of Progarchives.com

5 stars MY DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR 2007...!

Follow up to "A Handfull Of Earth" (2004), their second release "Left To Burn" is an amazing album. SALVA is hard to pigeon hole; many genres of progressive rock including folk with strong JETHRO TULL influences, hard rock/heavy metal of DEEP PURPLE and URIAH HEEP and symphonic (nice WAKEMAN-esque keyboard breaks) with some great vocals/harmonies. It is a great skill played on traditional, classic and modern instruments.

In fact, it's an essential PURCHASE from a brilliant band...!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Left To Burn by SALVA album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.87 | 37 ratings

BUY
Left To Burn
Salva Crossover Prog

Review by pussywillow

5 stars Yes I'm giving this 5 stars too.

A stunning piece of genius. Quite simply this is the best album I've heard in a a long long time.

It's just got everything.

Imagine all of your favourite Prog, Rock and Metal bands rolled into one. The influences here range from King Crimson to Deep Purple and the likes of Uriah Heep and even ELO. Just listen to the riff on 'Clara Leaving' and you'll hear something that Deep Purple at their finest wouldn't have any trouble recording. they've actually made THAT hammond sound contemporary - amazing.

This album transcends the gap between 70's old school and the neo Prog of the 90's in one big happy slice of your favourite cake.

Only trouble is, like your favourite cake, there isn't any more.

Damn.

Reform guys PLEASE.

Go and buy. If you don't you'll never forgive yourself.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 A Handful of Earth  by SALVA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.47 | 26 ratings

BUY
A Handful of Earth
Salva Crossover Prog

Review by pussywillow

4 stars I am not going to disagree with my co-reviewers.

This is magnificent. How the hell I missed this band, is worrying....

Think Arena meets Crash Test Dummies, chuck in a bit of Purple, Kayak and an smattering of jazz (don't let that put you off btw) then you have almost got Salva.

I was surpsised to see they were Swedish - and that almost put me in mind of the more folky elements of Lake of Tears' work.

This album has everything you could want in a Prog LP : riffs, keys aplenty, atmospherics, fine vocals, harmonies....ach it's all been said, and I can't really add anymore. Yes point taken about the drumming, but I think only old father times (like me) will notice the absence of a live human behind the drumkit here.

My only gripe is why do they call themselves Salva ? Sounds like a cold-sore cream !

Recommended.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Left To Burn by SALVA album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.87 | 37 ratings

BUY
Left To Burn
Salva Crossover Prog

Review by mgarrett

5 stars Salva's long awaited second album, "Left to burn", is finally out and I'm happy to say it has been well worth the wait. They have even exceeded my expectations with this new release. I was a big fan of their first album, "A handful of earth", and have been waiting anxiously for the follow up. The rich symphonic prog with folk and metal-leanings is still the foundation for Salva's music but they have evolved and refined both their sound and their compositional skills since the debut album. This is noticable (at least to my ears) throughout the album.

I have a hard time picking out favorite tracks but if I was forced I would say; "Ord ver. 2", a beautiful folky song with one of the best guitar solo's I've ever heard from Mr. Gavik and lyrics sung in Swedish as a one-off; "A dying rose", one of two "epic" tracks on the album where the variation is quite superb, still it remains cohesive throughout the entire song; "Stained", the heaviest track on the album with haunting, melancholy and almost whispering vocals by Mr. Malmberg.

To sum things up; I would say that this is symphonic prog at it's best and I give it my warmest recommendations.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 A Handful of Earth  by SALVA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.47 | 26 ratings

BUY
A Handful of Earth
Salva Crossover Prog

Review by dalt99

5 stars Heavy. Melodic. Pounding electric guitars. Acoustic beauty. Bombastic synth runs. Sweeping organ waves. Powerful vocals. Emotional singing. This is a band that has it all. This is what modern progressive rock is all about. Salva is a cross between symphonic prog ROCK, neo-prog, prog metal and art rock with an originality that is undeniable. I hear some techno influences every once in awhile in the synths and drums (similar to Ankh) but the guitars are almost always powerful, close to progressive metal and when they are not they are acoustic and beautiful with high emotion and feel. The melodies are everywhere. The songs are perfectly crafted. Each song is different than the other and a great pleasure to listen too. SO much to hear in each song. Constant yet always changing. My friends, this is seriously one of the best progressive rock albums of the new century. This music will NOT be heard enough. So many of you will never hear this album and that will be a shame. I am so happy to have this CD and hope that all prog fans can hear this one someday. Buy if you can find it. This is special.

Very special.

5 stars. For real. Amazing music.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.41 seconds