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Pain Of Salvation


Progressive Metal

4.23 | 1209 ratings

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4 stars Remedy Lane is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Pain of Salvation; even though I like it very much, I cannot agree with this statement. I think it is a very heterogeneous album, with several flaws which prevent it to be a masterpiece - like The Perfect Element pt 1.

One of the main flaw is the general style of Daniel Gildenlow to overload his songs with too many arrangements and talk-style-lyrics which make the whole thing un-needed and excessive: for example a good song like Ending Theme is made boring by the long talk in the middle. The mellow and romantic songs, like This heart of mine, Dryad of the woods and Second Love are very very banal, even though nice. Even the best songs, like Rope Ends or Trace of Blood have some deja-vue melody into it. Undertow consists in just a progression of the same melody, which is made great only by the incredible voice of Daniel rather than for the song structure itself. Waking every god looks just like a filler to me, and this is bad for a bunch of creative geniuses like PoS.

But being a Pain of Salvation album, it contains moments of deep, heart-breaking emotions: my favourites are Of the beginning and Beyond the Pale. Both for the lyrics and for the music, these two pieces are epic, tragic, deep in a way that only Daniel Gildenlow can perform, and few times I happened to be so thrilled and touched by a rock song. These two songs, and the above mentioned Trace of Blood, Rope Ends, and Chainsling are excellent, emotional touching songs.

Remedy Lane is a good album written by an awesome band, which suffers from the shadow of some sort of "hybris": it attempts to achieve and transmit too much, but it doesn't have so many arrows in its quiver like its predecessor had. This flaw will be openly evident in its follower, Be, which is really a failed attempt in my opinion. Remedy Lane still contains some tops of creativity and an abundance of emotions. Still Pain of Salvation at their almost-top.

I vould give 4 stars minus, rounded up.

pepato | 4/5 |


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