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Pain of Salvation is widely known as one of the fundamental progressive metal bands from the second generation, which came around the mid 90's, but the fact is that the band is one of the oldest progressive metal bands still active. The band was formed by guitarist, singer and composer Daniel Gildenl÷w and friends in 1984, two years after Fates Warning, Three years after Queensr che and a year before Dream Theater, when Daniel was only 11 years old. At that time, the band was called Reality, but as Daniel got older he realized the band's name needed to changed, despite the band being basically the same. So, in 1991 the band officially changed from Reality to Pain of Salvation. Daniel, over the years, gave various different reasons for the change of name, but the common feature of all those explanations is the fact that the name symbolizes the balance between things of vital significance, such as good and bad, light and dark, life and death.

The band had numerous personnel changes, mostly during the Reality period and the early period of Pain of Salvation up until their second album. Since the release of One Hour by the Concrete Lake the band remained fairly stable, with only two important band member changes: when Kristoffer Gildenl÷w, Daniel's brother, left in 2006 due to being unable to attend to rehearsals because he lived in Denmark, and when Johan Langell, Pain of Salvation's drummer since 1989, left in 2007 in order to focus on his own family.

After having a reasonably stable lineup for some time, Pain of Salvation decided, in 1996, to search for a record deal with some record label, but first recruited the keyboardist Fredrik Hermansson to complete the band's intended sound. During the rest of 1996 they distributed various demo tapes in hope to get signed with any interesting label. In early 1997 the band started recording their debut album in Roasting House, a professional recording studio in Sweden, and in August of the same year Entropia was released in Asia by Avalon, a Japanese record label owned by the Japanese record company...
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4.09 | 481 ratings
Entropia
1997
3.92 | 453 ratings
One Hour By The Concrete Lake
1998
4.23 | 1090 ratings
The Perfect Element - Part 1
2000
4.23 | 1011 ratings
Remedy Lane
2002
4.12 | 786 ratings
Be
2004
3.19 | 538 ratings
Scarsick
2007
3.33 | 434 ratings
Road Salt One
2010
3.52 | 357 ratings
Road Salt Two
2011
3.27 | 84 ratings
Falling Home
2014
4.22 | 71 ratings
In The Passing Light Of Day
2017

PAIN OF SALVATION Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.42 | 279 ratings
12:5
2004
3.96 | 112 ratings
The Second Death Of Pain Of Salvation
2009
4.53 | 15 ratings
Remedy Lane Re:Lived
2016

PAIN OF SALVATION Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.37 | 191 ratings
Be Live
2005
3.94 | 96 ratings
Ending Themes - On The Two Deaths Of Pain Of Salvation
2009

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

4.81 | 18 ratings
Remedy Lane Re:Visited (Re:Mixed & Re:Lived)
2016

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

2.41 | 21 ratings
The Painful Chronicles
1999
3.63 | 27 ratings
Ashes
2000
3.32 | 101 ratings
Linoleum
2009
5.00 | 8 ratings
Remedy Lane Re:Mixed
2016

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 In The Passing Light Of Day by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.22 | 71 ratings

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In The Passing Light Of Day
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by Hrvat

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 work of their discography. It takes bits and pieces of everything they've done, we see the return of the heaviness and syncopated riffing from 'Entropia' and 'One Hour by the Concrete Lake'. We see the return of the beautiful emotional and lush melody of 'The Perfect Element' and 'Remedy Lane'. Yet it still retains much of the rawness of the Road Salt albums, however without the 70s retro hard rock aesthetic and production, this is a very modern sounding release as the band has embraced being a prog metal band once more.

The highlights of the album are without doubt the three epic tracks 'On A Tuesday', 'Full Throttle Tribe' and the title track. The other shorter track are also fantastic as the album feels so cohesive, really capturing what makes a great concept album in a way we haven't heard from the band since Be. This album takes you on an emotional journey, one that is essentially of Daniel Gildenlow coming to terms with his brush with death when he fell victim to a flesh eating bacteria. You hear the anger and the despair throughout, the kinds of powerful emotions that used to be a trademark of the band but went missing on more recent albums.

It also needs to be pointed out the role of Ragnar Zolberg who joined the band after Road Salt 1 and 2, who co wrote much of the new album with Daniel Gildenlow, giving Gildenlow a significant writing partner which he hasn't had since the early days with Daniel Magdic. His presence has really breathed new life into the band. His vocals are also a fantastic addition, really complementing the vocals of Gildenlow.

Overall this album has really blown me away and has reinvigorated my love for Pain of Salvation. This really is a new dawn for the band and now I cannot wait for what the future holds.

 In The Passing Light Of Day by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.22 | 71 ratings

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In The Passing Light Of Day
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by JJLehto
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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)

 In The Passing Light Of Day by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.22 | 71 ratings

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In The Passing Light Of Day
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by Deadwing

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 riffs returning with a darker approach. The albums focus a lot on these riffs without many keyboards or guitar solos (except the excellent long one on Angles of Broken Things), also with some more darker (still catchy) chorus, so you can see that it certainly doesn't sound like their previous stuff, though you'll feel that it is Pain of Salvation. Meaningless is the most accessible track and also the one that remembers more the classic era, very relaxing to listen.

Anyway, the tracks overall are quite solid and I don't think there is any weak song. I wish, however, that On a Tuesday had less breakes (which somewhat remembered me Opeth) and the title track wouldn't take too long to the band play together. Regardless, I've loved the riffing on most tracks and the structure felt cohesive. It's a really dense approach, but It's my favorite release except for Remedy Lane (IMO, their masterpiece).

4,5/5 - If you're into heavy stuff you should definetly listen to it.

 In The Passing Light Of Day by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.22 | 71 ratings

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In The Passing Light Of Day
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

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?!?

 Remedy Lane Re:Visited (Re:Mixed & Re:Lived) by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
4.81 | 18 ratings

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Remedy Lane Re:Visited (Re:Mixed & Re:Lived)
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by Kingsnake

5 stars Now this is a treat.

At the same time a remastered version of the original and a live rendition with the new line up from 2014.

This album never tires, and after almost 15 years since its release. The new remaster is a huge improvement. It's not only remastered but it's entirely remixed. It sounds warmer and has more dynamics. I can't really remember how the original sounded. I have to listen to both versions at the same time. But I really have the feeling the remaster sounds a lot better.

As for the album itself: it is considered to be one of the best albums ever made. And Daniel Gildenlow is a genius, great songs, great interplay and top notch lyrics. Daniel is very gifted singer, maybe the best singer in rock I can think of. He has so much emotion in his voice, he pours his heart and soul out in every song.

The live version of the album is with a different line-up than the Original, but that's hardly noticeable, except, that some leadvocals are done by a different bandmember. I don't know who, because it's not made clear. But it really adds to the colour of the overall sound.

 One Hour By The Concrete Lake by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.92 | 453 ratings

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One Hour By The Concrete Lake
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

2 stars I'm a bit, I don't know, bewildered I guess it's the word, with this album. The first Pain Of Salvation album, Entropia (1997), was indeed rough, but it's compositions were full and ready to go and promissed a bright future for them (which they did have). With One Hour by the Concrete Lake (1998) it seems the band didn't have time to mature their ideas and it shows on almost every track. On top of that the production sounds really amateur. On their first album producer was Midnight Sun's Anders Theander, this time the band produced it themselves and it shows.

One Hour by the Concrete Lake (1998) feels like a demo, and if a new listener would start with this band they would go away, right away. One Hour by the Concrete Lake (1998) doesn't portray at all what the band would carry on to be during their next period (2000-2007).

I would avoid this one if you're not a really big fan of the Swedes.

 Scarsick by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.19 | 538 ratings

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Scarsick
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by VianaProghead

4 stars Review N║ 73

This is my fourth review of a Pain Of Salvation's album. My three previous reviews were their debut live album '12:05' released in 2004, and their third and fourth studio albums 'The Perfect Element Part 1' and 'Remedy Lane' released in 2000 and 2002, respectively. 'Scarsick' is the sixth studio album of Pain Of Salvation and was released in 2007. The line up on the album is Daniel Gildenlow (lead vocals, guitars, bass guitar, banjos and samplers), Fredrik Hermansson (keyboards and samplers), Johan Halgreen (vocals and guitars) and Johan Langell (backing vocals and drums). It's important to note that the bass guitar is played by Daniel Gildenlow and not by Kristoffer Gildenlow as was usual in the band. The bassist left the band in 2006 because his marriage. Daniel asked his brother total dedication to the group, what it meant to live in Sweden, but his home is in the Netherlands, which interrupted his continuity in the band. This was also the last studio album to feature Langell on drums who decided to quit the band to spend more time with his family. It was a very difficult decision of him who was received with surprise by fans and also by the band's members.

'Scarsick' is the second part of 'Perfect Element Part 1'. It's a conceptual album focused on issues like capitalism, materialism, consumerism, and the entire contemporary society as a whole. It continues the story of the male person (He) from that album. 'Scarsick' deals with many aspects within its context, including topics like frustration, consumer culture, materialism, industrialization, capitalism, commercialization, American Imperialism, conformity, idolization of celebrities, collectivist nature of religion and decline of our Western civilization. Daniel said that the life of (He) is an allegory for all mankind and that in him we can see the problems of our society on a very intimate and personal level. While 'The Perfect Element Part 1' deals with the individual dysfunction in a certain psychological context, 'Scarsick' deals with a sociological sense and explores the relationship between both contexts.

'Scarsick' has ten tracks which are divided in two chapters, side A and side B. However, some tacks are also divided into several parts. The side A: 'His Skin Against This Dirty Floor' has five tracks. The first track 'Scarsick', the second track 'Spitfall' which is divided into five parts: 'Introducing Star', 'Thus Quote The Craving', 'Redefining Vomatorium', 'Man Of The Masses' and 'Yo', the third track 'Cribcaged', the fourth track 'America' and the fifth track 'Disco Queen' which is divided into four parts: 'Tonight I'll Fall', 'A Cheap Sellout Drug', 'A Tighter Groove' and 'My Disco Queen'. The side B: 'Why Can't I Close My Eyes' has also five tracks. The first track 'Kingdom of Loss', the second track 'Mr. Modern Mother Mary', the third track 'Idiocracy', the fourth track 'Flame of the Moth' and the fifth track 'Enter Rain' which is divided into three parts: 'Running', 'Standing' and 'Falling'.

Pain Of Salvation is, in my point of view, a very different and special band. His leader Daniel Gildenlow has a very well concrete plan for the band and he doesn't stray from it, for any reason, even under the pressure of their fans. On the other hand, we can never criticize Pain Of Salvation for not changing their direction, whether we like or not. And, this is what happened with this album, which became one of the most controversial albums, in this site and in the last years.

'Scarsick' became, in my humble opinion, the most misunderstood and underrated album in the recent years. Unfortunately, it joins to 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' of Yes, probably the most underrated masterpiece in the history of the progressive rock music. Sincerely, I can't understand how anyone can give on this site 1 or 2 stars to this album. Personally, this is an album that I can't stop playing, as also happened with our colleague Gatot. 'Scarsick' has probably the best lyrics of all band's albums, and musically, despite being a very progressive and audacious album that explores various musical genres, it keeps its powerful sound with changes by abrupt passages between calm and heavy parts, what always has been one of the traditional images of the group.

Conclusion: Fortunately, in these days, I'm not too much influenced by people's reviews before I listen to an album. 'Scarsick' is, for me, a fantastic album and one of the most mature albums released by the band until today. It's a very complex album, even though it may feel in the beginning that's its simple, shallow and too modern, for no apparent reason. It takes a lot of patience to find everything it has to offer, but sincerely I think that it's worth it. There are a lot of diverse musical influences, unconventional ideas, clever and direct lyrics, and the most important of all, emotion on it. I know that most of you don't like of so diversity on it and that you even can feel in some moments that it just seems not to be the same album. However, I'm still convinced that, all in all, 'Scarsick' is a great album and hopefully, for me, it continues to get better and better with each listen. I would recommend it to everyone who has a truly open mind.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 The Perfect Element - Part 1 by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.23 | 1090 ratings

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The Perfect Element - Part 1
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review N║ 72

Pain Of Salvation is really a great progressive band in the true meaning of the word. Their sound is characterized by powerful guitar work, great lyrics with strong vocals and their music changes very often between abrupt musical passages, calm and heavy parts. Other main feature of the band is the intense musical experimentation from album to album. Another trademark of the group is that each album is a concept album. The themes addressed in the band's musical works change from album to album and ranging from sex, war, family, religion and environment.

This is my third review of a Pain Of Salvation's album. My two previous reviews were about their debut live album '12:05' released in 2004 and their fourth studio album 'Remedy Lane' released in 2002. The line up of the band on 'The Perfect Element Part 1' is the same of the other two previous albums. So, the line up on it is, Daniel Gildenl'w (lead vocals and guitar), Johan Hallgreen (backing vocals and guitar), Fredrik Hermansson (keyboards, Steinway piano and samples), Kristoffer Gildenl'w (backing vocals and bass) and Johan Langell (backing vocals and drums).

'The Perfect Element Part 1' is the third studio album of the band and was released in 2000. As I wrote before and as usual on the band, this is another concept album of the group, this time focused on the forming of the individual personality, particularly on the events that marked our childhood and adolescence and that will shape our personality forever, making us what we are today. The subject is a bit more focused on the social and educational aspects of the forming of the individual person from the adolescence to the adulthood.

'The Perfect Element Part 1' explores many themes within its context. It includes some and very different aspects such as child abuse (sexual and physical), sexuality, tragedy, drug abuse, love, pain, anger, loss (of live and innocence, among other things), shame, regret, despair and inner struggles. All these themes are dealt as a story that explores the live of two fictional persons, one male and one female (known in the lyrics as He and She), which are two broken and dysfunctional persons.

As Daniel Gildenlow explains, 'The Perfect Element Part 1' shouldn't be seen as an autobiography or a true story of the band's elements, despite some parts of the concept and its emotions are clearly influenced by own their lives, but some others parts are there, because they only want to emphasize them. 'The Perfect Element Part 1' is the first part of two planned musical conceptual pieces of music around the childhood and adolescence. Their second part was released in 2007, as their sixth studio album, not under the name of 'The Perfect Element Part 2', but under the title 'Scarsick', which will be the object of my next review of this band, here on Progarchives.

'The Perfect Element Part 1' has twelve tracks and they are all divided into three chapters. The first, the second, the third and the fourth tracks 'Used', 'In The Flesh', 'Ashes' and 'Morning On Earth' respectively, make part of Chapter I: 'As These Two Desolate Worlds Collide'. The fifth, the sixth, the seventh and the eighth tracks 'Idioglossia', 'Her Voices', 'Dedication' and 'King Of Loss' respectively, make part of Chapter II: 'It All Catches Up On You When You Slow Down'. The ninth, the tenth, the eleventh and the twelfth tracks 'Reconciliation', 'Song For The Innocent', 'Falling' and 'The Perfect Element' respectively, make part of Chapter III: 'Far Beyond The Point Of No Return'.

The artwork, concept, lyrics, music and arrangements of the album were made by Daniel Gildenlow except the first half of 'Her Voices' which was made by Daniel Gildenlow and Hermansson, and the 'Once' part, in the middle of the last track 'The Perfect Element', which was made by Daniel Gildenlow and Langell. The string arrangements were made by Daniel Gildenlow and Hermansson.

Conclusion: 'The Perfect Element Part 1' is a superior Pain Of Salvation's studio album, as is usual with all Pain Of Salvation's albums, and it brought originality and diversity to this musical genre, by one of the greatest and most important progressive metal bands from the second generation of this sub-genre. All the songs are absolutely incredible, and even thought that this is a concept album, you can listen to any song as you want and still get the same effect on you, without having to listen to it in its strictly order. As with all Pain Of Salvation albums, I recommend reading the lyrics while you listening to it. It makes your musical experience much deeper. This is really a perfect album. 'The Perfect Element Part 1' is, in my humble opinion, an album at the same quality level of their next studio album 'Remedy Lane'. For me, the only difference between these two albums is strictly a question of personal taste. In my case, it makes that my personal preference goes to 'Remedy Lane'. But as I said before, it's only a matter of taste.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Road Salt One by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.33 | 434 ratings

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Road Salt One
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by Prog Leviathan
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2 stars If Scarsick will be remembered as the Pain of Salvation album that Gildenlow and band "jumped the shark," Road Salt must be the album where they give us all the middle finger while backstroking in the tank as we cry out for more of what made them great during the early 2000's.

Road Salt salt is an unapologetically different sound for this prog metal band, one that is stripped down and simplified in almost every way fans will imagine. Pain of Salvation gets my respect for taking risks, but not my appreciation for creating this languid, unengaging, joyless, and self-indulgent collection of 3-minute songs that are essentially just excuses for Daniel Gildenlow to sing about abuse and sexual dysfunction. After listening several times I don't feel like I have anything to walk away with.

Sonically the production and guitar style gives us a unique tone for the band, and if you listen hard enough you'll hear some interesting guitar textures and rhythms. However, from a song writing perspective this album has nothing for me to enjoy. Some reviewers have commented that this is more of a "classic rock" style album, but one thing classic rock bands do well is have FUN with their music. When has Gildenlow ever written a song that wasn't weighed down with chains of pathos, bitterness, or psychological scars? The lyrical content just doesn't work here, despite what a great singer Gildenlow is. Instrumentally the album is restrained and understated, occasionally breaking in to fits of dynamic aggression, but mostly vamping to the vocal melodies with nary a solo or memorable moment to walk away with. This is classic rock that would never make it on to the radio in any decade.

The result is an album that just isn't enjoyable to listen to. Definitely for serious fans of Gildenlow or those that want to slit their wrists to lyrics like, "I'll touch you where it hurts. And you can touch me. Come on and touch me where it hurts." No thanks.

Songwriting: 2 - Instrumental Performances: 2 - Lyrics/Vocals: 2 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 1

 Remedy Lane by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.23 | 1011 ratings

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Remedy Lane
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review N║ 24

Pain Of Salvation is a Swedish progressive metal group founded in 1991. The lyrics show deep concerns told through elaborate concept albums and the music is just all over the place. In a five minutes song, it's quite common for Pain Of Salvation go to different tempos, time signatures and musical atmospheres, changing from powerful aggressive parts to sweet and gentle melodies.

'Remedy Lane' is their fourth studio album and was released in 2002. It was almost entirely written during a two month period, from August to September 2001 by Daniel Gildenlow, and was recorded in autumn 2001 and released in spring 2002. The album was produced and mastered by Daniel, Anders 'Theo' Theander and Pain Of Salvation, and the Graphic Art and Multimedia was made by Daniel and Entropia Productions.

The line up on the album is Daniel Gildenlow (lead vocals and guitar), Johan Hallgreen (backing vocals and guitar), Fredrik Hermansson (keyboards and synthesizers), Kristoffer Gildenlow (backing vocals, bass guitar and cello), and Johan Langell (backing vocals, drums and percussion).

'Remedy Lane' has thirteen tracks. The concept and the lyrics are all written by Daniel. All the music was also written by him, except 'Rope Ends' which was written by Daniel and Fredrik. The thirteen tracks are divided into an introduction and three chapters. The first track 'Of Two Beginnings' is the opening track and is a kind of an introduction to the album. The second track 'Ending Theme', the third track 'Fandango', the fourth track 'A Trace Of Blood' and the fifth track 'This Heart Of Mine (I Pledge)', makes part of Chapter 1. The sixth track 'Undertow', the seventh track 'Rope Ends', the eighth track 'Chain Sling' and the ninth track 'Dryad Of The Woods', makes part of Chapter 2. The tenth track 'Remedy Lane', the eleventh track 'Waking Every God', the twelfth track 'Second Love' and the thirteenth track 'Beyond The Pale', makes part of Chapter 3.

As Daniel explains, the meaning of the album title 'Remedy Lane', is about an English expression 'Take A Walk Down Memory Lane', which means, to visit your past or going to a nostalgic trip. For him, that is what happened with this concept album, which is the need to reconcile ourselves with the past, to find remedy for our personal crisis.

'Remedy Lane' is a concept album, focusing on the search of a man to discover himself. It's also about love, sex, a crisis in a relationship and the interactions with other people. The story of the concept takes place in Hungary, in different places, where the songs take us. This album is a part autobiographical and a part fictional of a period of Daniel's personal life, and as he said, it's his most Pain Of Salvation personal album.

'Remedy Lane' is a superiorly recorded and released album, what is usual with all Pain Of Salvation albums. It has an excellent conceptual cohesion, which brings originality and diversity to the metal progressive sub-genre and in my humble opinion it represents the band's finest musical creation, until now. Musically, this album really goes all over the place and lives up to its progressive reputation. The song structures are wild and complex in their dissonance and the instruments are performed with technical ease, and the vocals of the singer and guitarist Daniel Gildenlow range from passionate to absolutely insane. The songs themselves are also packed with a good deal of variety and range and portray the stories of the lyrics well and offer something for just about any kind of listener.

Just one more thing! I'll leave you with the Daniel's main reason to like or dislike of Pain Of Salvation, particularly of this album. And I'm going to cite him: 'If you are looking for a band that sounds just like your favourite band, just forget about us. If you are looking for a band that will make you forget about your favourite band, we are there, just walk down Remedy Lane and you will never be the same'.

Conclusion: I met Pain Of Salvation by Progarchives, and 'Remedy Lane' was my first encounter with their music. I read that the group had an excellent reputation, but the real truth is that I wasn't really prepared for listen something like this, an incredible and beautiful album. Although, being not a specialist on progressive metal, one of my favourite bands is Dream Theater, I oddly missed the Pain Of Salvation phenomenon until now and I do regret it, sincerely. As you can see, 'Remedy Lane' is a very special album for me, because is so unique, so pure and so authentic. So, for those who don't met yet Pain Of Salvation, and after reading the Daniel's citation and be still interested on the band, I suggest begin with this masterpiece, despite their live album '12:05', be certainly more accessible. Surely this is an album that appeals to fans of Dream Theater and Opeth, or to everyone with a taste for something new and different.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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