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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 | 409 ratings
Entropia
1997
3.98 | 390 ratings
One Hour By The Concrete Lake
1998
4.25 | 913 ratings
The Perfect Element Part 1
2000
4.21 | 841 ratings
Remedy Lane
2002
4.12 | 684 ratings
Be
2004
3.18 | 469 ratings
Scarsick
2007
3.39 | 368 ratings
Road Salt One
2010
3.56 | 292 ratings
Road Salt Two
2011

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

4.40 | 239 ratings
12:5
2004
4.01 | 108 ratings
The Second Death Of Pain Of Salvation
2009

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4.38 | 173 ratings
Be Live
2005
3.95 | 87 ratings
Ending Themes - On The Two Deaths Of Pain Of Salvation
2009

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2.37 | 18 ratings
The Painful Chronicles
1999
3.61 | 23 ratings
Ashes
2000
3.29 | 94 ratings
Linoleum
2009

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 The Perfect Element Part 1 by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.25 | 913 ratings

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The Perfect Element Part 1
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by FragileKings

3 stars An 80's hair metal band gets marinated in progressive rock.

I read a lot of very good reviews about this album and saw it was among the top rated prog metal albums on PA and MMA. Since I had just received Symphony X's "V: The New Mythology Suite", which is another top rated prog metal album on both sites, and I quickly grew to love it, I thought that this album should be among my next prog metal purchases. Honestly though, this one is taking its time to appeal to me.

The good points are many. Daniel Gildenl÷w has a very diverse voice and can sing anything from gruff barks to high screams to smooth and calm to somewhere in between it all. The album tells the story (part 1) of two broken people, He and She, who meet and begin a relationship. That's as far as I got there. I'm afraid the broken people stories don't go far with me. The best one I've heard is Nine Inch Nails' "The Downward Spiral". After that it's difficult to impress me with that kind of story. Still, Gildenl÷w uses his voice to effectively convey the emotions of each part of the story. The music is for the most part not too complex but like "The Wall" (in a way) mostly sticks to relaying the moments in the tale. The tempo stays slow to mid-range and I only noticed one part where a double bass drum comes into play. In this way, this is a pretty mild and tame metal album despite the theme of pain and frustration.

Two other points to mention in favour of the music are the guitar and keyboards. While there are no catchy, bang-your-head metal riffs, the guitarist (be it Gildenl÷w or Johan Hallgren) uses lead playing to create beautiful melody lines and as well there are some delightful licks here and there in the solos, particularly in "Her Voices" lies a favourite of mine. Fredrik Hermanssen is used very well to provide beautiful piano passages, atmospheric synthesizer, and some powerful rhythm synth work that treads into symphonic prog metal at times, most notably in the title track. I always feel that if you're going to have a keyboard player in a metal band then you should let him/her contribute to the overall quality of the music and not just keep the keys in the background for rhythm behind the guitars.

There's some great music on this album and the songs to stand out the most for me are "Ideoglossia", "Her Voices", "King of Loss" and "Reconciliation". These songs are where the overall feel of the album is wonderfully combined with some excellent music that captures the progressive metal quality best or where the music is simply beautiful. The title track offers some great moments too.

However, there are some aspects of the album that still haven't grabbed me. First, this is not really a heavy metal album. There are parts where the guitars are loud and the vocals screaming or full of raw energy but the majority of the songs are pretty lightweight. Even when the music gets heavy and aggressive I find myself thinking that it needs more bass to enrich the sound. It's as if the band wanted to show aggression without wanting to be offensive. The first four songs are easy to get by because they don't really get the album up and running. It's not until "Ideoglassia" that things really turn exciting and even then the song reuses the pseudo-rap of "Used" and reintroduces the chorus of "Ashes". It almost seems that the album is already reprising music before it has hardly gotten started. Thankfully the rest of the song really begins to show off POS's talent. There are also a couple of puzzling spoken lines like "Call your dad" at the end of "Her Voices" and the beginning of "Dedication" (I'm sure he says, "Call your dad") and "Will I ever walk again?" in the title track. If I familiarize myself with the story more it might make more sense to me, but these lines just seem to leap out from the music and I'm like, "Huh?"

For me, a good album should be enjoyable to listen to straight through and as well have a few songs that can be enjoyed on their own. The four songs that I have mentioned here are great stand alone tracks but the rest of the album goes by me without many parts signaling my attention. I agree that this is a great album insofar as the effort and outcome are concerned. But I am not as excited about the whole concept as I am about the music in a few parts.

For anyone who doesn't like really aggressive metal but can appreciate something a little more melodic and easy, this album makes for a nice safe step into progressive metal. I think it's still a good album, but I'd like to hear another POS album that is either a little more technical or a little more varied in pace.

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 Entropia by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 1997
4.09 | 409 ratings

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Entropia
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by MJAben

4 stars A raw and somewhat choppy debut that is just teeming with creativity. In truth, I think this album is highly underrated and one of the best PoS records to date, second only to The Perfect Element. The album is more rocky, more funky, the vocals are not as developed but less pretentious and less overly sentimental / emotional. Don't get me wrong, Gildenglow still has an extremely emotive voice but the music is less centered on him and showcases the band more than any other record.

Instrumentally this album is unmatched and the bands ability in this record to match complex instrumentals with profound lyrics and thoughtful vocals makes this an extremely deep record. At first listen I put the record aside as 'just a band trying to find themselves', in a way this is true but at the same time, although this doesn't sound like later PoS it certainly isn't carbon cut copies of favourite band, this is an album that has a unique feel to it that I haven't heard in any other record.

Some parts of the album feel out of place, the bass intro to 'People Passing By' and 'Stress' as a whole but there is also creative, masterful, intelligent music on every single track that, perhaps with some more editing and production time would feel more defined but as is remains raw but powerful... There is no fluff in this record.

I think that's why I like this record more than all PoS records (including The Perfect Element, though I think TPE is a stronger album), it's raw, it's pure, this album is not catering to fans or trying desperately hard to sound like Pain of Salvation. This album didn't set out to out-do any previous album and wow us with how profound and perfect the band can sound, on the contrary this album just seeks to show us some creative and intelligent music, unlike any we have heard before (perhaps... Not quite like any heard since).

The imperfections in the music and the vocals are, in many ways, what sets this album apart from its successors and makes it feel so genuine and brilliant in its own way. It's not perfect but it's wholly original and in a genre that seems to reward bands for sounding a heck of a lot like Dream Theater that means a lot.

4/5 stars.

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 Remedy Lane by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.21 | 841 ratings

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Remedy Lane
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by GruvanDahlman
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3 stars Having read about this album I was really excited when I put it on for the first time. It did not sound the way I had imagined but that's alright. Prog albums rarely do. Isn't that the whole idea of prog, not sounding like anything you'd expect? Well, turned out to be a hard one to review. Really it is. I am no stranger to heavy metal, I was sort of raised on it. It is not that. It is rather the fact that Gildenl÷w is extremely talented, obviously, but I do not agree with his musical vision wholeheartedly.

I will say this, the music found on Remedy lane really is a real concoction of styles. It is though Gildenl÷w has gathered together everything (or nearly) from the commercial side of hard rock to the more extreme, almost death-y, metal. That is a feat and as such I applaud him. But do I think it is a success? Well, maybe not in my book and maybe not to the full extent intended. I cannot embrace the album as muych as I'd like to. The ambition and talent is unquestioned but I am simply not that enchanted. And in that lies the difficulty.

There are tracks I really enjoy. The trio of "Rope ends", "Chain sling" and "Dryad of the woods" are very enjoyable indeed. The folky side of "Dryad..." is quite beautiful and "Rope ends" is certainly a multifacetetted piece of music, well worth exploring.

I do not suggest that the other tracks aren't enjoyable, as a whole or in bits, but there are elements I disagree with. There is a side of this album that makes me uneasy and not in a good way. It is hard to describe but I hear elements of music I quiver about, like contemporary pop-metal of sorts. Since I cannot digest those bits I find it hard to love this album. It is a good album, a brilliant one if I was to clear the plate from all those elements I find hard to swallow.

All in all, Remedy lane is a good album. Full of talent and intent. It just don't agree with me. Sorry.

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 Remedy Lane by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.21 | 841 ratings

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Remedy Lane
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by jcarchia

4 stars I see several reviews basically saying that this piece of work isn't nearly as good as their other offerings. The issue is that P of S has set the bar pretty high. If you listen to this album and don't feel like a good amount of time and effort was put in writing and composing then maybe I'm deaf because most of the tunes are very well layered. Maybe I am basing this on the degenerative quality of most music these days, but "Remedy Lane" seems pretty polished to me and any progressive music fan should be pretty proud to have this album in their collection.

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 12:5 by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Live, 2004
4.40 | 239 ratings

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12:5
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars There is quite an unusual concept behind this album. Band leader Daniel Gildenl÷w was asked if Pain Of Salvation were interested in recording a special radio show for Swedish radio. This resulted in this acoustic album being recorded in front of 80 invited guests, and with no extra instrumentation added if you were there that night this is what you would have heard. The album is divided into three books, as is usual with POS, as there is an underlying story (titled "Brickworks) but most of the songs have previously been available on their studio albums. The difference now of course is back then they were powering prog metal and now this is in an acoustic setting.

The band comprises Daniel Gildenl÷w (vocals and guitar), Johan Hallgren (guitar and vocals), Johan Langell (drums and vocals), Kristoffer Gildenl÷w (bass and vocals) and Fredrik Hermansson (keyboards). While the band is playing acoustically there is never any doubt that this is a rock band. On "Winning The War" there is the feeling that the passion is just going to take over the band. There may be no amps involved, but they seem intent on killing those acoustic guitars. It shows how well the songs are structured in that they can easily be switched from full on prog metallic mayhem to this environment.

A fascinating album, which while obviously of more interest to fans of the band, will also have appeal to those coming to them for the first time. Just don't expect any of their other albums to sound quite like this.

Originally appeared in Feedback #78, April 2004

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 Road Salt One by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.39 | 368 ratings

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Road Salt One
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by bloodnarfer

3 stars New refreshing (if unexpected) direction

Pain of Salvation have never been ones to stagnate, and this album lives up to its name. It is dirty. Instruments and tones blend together in a almost live feel to the music. I love it. You don't have a separate frequency spectrum for each instrument, it all meddles together and the effect gives you a geniune feeling that most modern music misses out on. Daniel's vocals are at his finest and most natural here and he sounds great. Its impossible not to sing along and realize how intricate and soulful his singing is. Here we have a heavy influence from 70's hard rock and blues and the effect is a welcome meshing with the dark style of POS. The Road Salt saga are the last albums recorded with long time members Johan and Fredrik. (On guitar and keys respectively.)

The album opens powerfully with No Way, which has a very classic hard rock sound. The subtle and very organic drumming sounds great, and the new member Leo holds up. The song enters lighter, melodic parts which thrust you back into the fury of this song. It can really be said that this song is all about frustration and confusion. (Why can't I get the girl if she likes me better? Is it possible that you have something that I don't?) And the song conveys it well. The retro-sounding breakdown at the end of the song is great as bluesy guitar solo falls into a drum solo. It rocks!

The next highlight is Sisters, which impresses as the best song on the album. This song conveys thoughts of inevitibility and lack of self control. We see POS doing something totally different here with a soft, emotional, ballad-like song, a very gradual build and a powerful payoff. The piano and melody is slow, thoughtful, and haunting. Daniel's visceral vocals really pull this song together. I promise you will feel something listening to this.

Darkness of Mine sneaks up on you, which is very fitting. This song is all about mood and tension. First we have ominous long guitar tones and delicate, pained vocals. Listening carefully, the guitarist moves his hands back and forth across the frets making a dark laughing-like sound. Neat! Before you know it the heavy section slides in to brutalize you for just one iteration before slinking back into the darkness. A really well constructed and interesting song.

Where it Hurts is a really dreary and dramatic song which could be a bit over the top but still remains cool. Everytime the heavy drums come in it thrills. Also, there is a really cool jam section in the middle of the song as Leo again shows his chops. The end guitar solo is nearly ruined by Daniel going overboard screaming "touch me where it hurts" but its still manages to pull through.

On the other hand, I found Curiosity and Innocence to be somewhat uninteresting even if they fit into a more traditional Pain of Salvation sound. Sleeping Under the Stars is kind of awkward and misfitting but tolerable.

I love what POS has done on this album, and it is a great and refreshing contribution. Not their best work by any means. Good, but non-essential.

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 Remedy Lane by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.21 | 841 ratings

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Remedy Lane
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars This is the fourth album by Swedish prog metallers Pain Of Salvation and although it is again a concept album, it is not a follow-up to 'The Perfect Element Part 1'. The band has decided not to work on a sequel just yet, although that is in place for the future. POS have been working with the usual suspects in the past, having toured with both Threshold and Arena while band leader Danny Gildenl÷w also found himself playing with Transatlantic. They have also confirmed dates with Dream Theater in the near future. Danny describes the album himself as follows "If you're looking for a band that sounds like your favourite group, forget about us. But if you happen to be looking for a band that lets you forget your favourite group, take a few walks down Remedy Lane and you'll find that you're not the same person that you were before".

The album is about failed relationships and the role of a person's past when entering into a relationship. At times the music is very heavy, at others very light, but there is a constant tension between the two, so that the listener is never quite sure what is going to happen next. The vocals also take on an important aspect as they move between rock screams and almost spoken passages, while at all times maintaining a certain menace.

While there are no really long tracks (closer "Beyond The Pale" is the longest at less than ten minutes), the proghead cannot feel hard done by as there is plenty of complexity and intricacy to get their head into. Again an intriguing album from Pain Of Salvation that may be too heavy for the proghead while being too complex for those into metal, but it is rewarding for those who follow the path to the end.

Originally appeared in Feedback #67, Apr 02

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 The Perfect Element Part 1 by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.25 | 913 ratings

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The Perfect Element Part 1
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars This is another concept album by Swedish outfit Pain Of Salvation, and is actually only part 1! I enjoyed their last album 'One Hour By The Concrete Lake' so I was intrigued to hear this. While they have always been seen as part of the progressive metal movement, this album sees them make some real strides in both parts of that genre. There are times when they are playing as heavy as any of the hard rock bands coming out of the States, yet they temper it by going through so many different musical styles and ideas. The gentle lilting vocals, accompanied by a delicate fretless bass can give way suddenly to brutality, while there is often a feeling of melancholy.

It is the sort of album that can be enjoyed on first hearing, but it has great depth ? and I wish that I had the lyrics so that I could study them. This album will only see their reputation grow.

Originally appeared in Feedback #61, Feb 01

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 The Perfect Element Part 1 by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.25 | 913 ratings

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The Perfect Element Part 1
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by bonestorm

3 stars Pain of Salvation's "The Perfect Element Part I" kicks off with a cascade of drums and guitar and a mixture of several musical styles. In the opening track "Used" there's a distinct flavour of Disturbed or any number of other nu-metal acts getting around circa 2000. Then the chorus almost has a pop feel to it.

"In the Flesh" and "Ashes" take a different and far superior direction, ditching the nu-metal vibe in favour of some more interesting textures. The musicianship is excellent and the album begins to sound a lot more cohesive. "In the Flesh" features a stunning acoustic guitar and piano outro that feels both like an organic extension of the first part of the song, and also as a great introduction into "Ashes". This track is the highlight of the album, with the most memorable guitar and vocal hooks.

"Ideoglossia" is a complex, chaotic number that once again showcases the band's prodigious talents, and also which cleverly incorporates the chorus of "Ashes" midway through the song. "King of Loss" also deserves special mention as a brooding, simmering track with a great buildup. The album closes with another 10 minute epic "The Perfect Element", which takes the total running time up over the 70 minute mark. It's a long album, but there are enough ideas incorporated over the duration to keep things fresh.

Overlaid upon all of this are some impressive vocal gymnastics by Daniel Gildenl÷w, at times evoking Mike Patton with a guttural, savage delivery juxtaposed with the silky smoothness of a seasoned crooner. And of course, he has an amazing heavy metal high pitched scream just to top it all off.

While not one of my favourite albums, this is still a great production to experience for the sheer ambitiousness and talent on display.

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 Road Salt One by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.39 | 368 ratings

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Road Salt One
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by Earendil

1 stars Road Salt One sounds like Pain of Salvation had the idea of doing a stripped-down, non-metal song, did a couple demos, and just went with the best version. Then, they repeated this process until they had enough music to fill an album.

Welcome to Road Salt One, a concept album where half of the songs are explicitly about sex and the other half are about a girl. I found nothing unifying about the album to warrant it a concept album unless it was how every song sounded like part of the same underdeveloped demo, which is not exactly something to strive for. Overall, some credit must be given because this album is indeed unique, but it fails to deliver at all musically. Fortunately, Pt 2 works much better.

Rating: 3/10

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