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Pain Of Salvation


Progressive Metal

3.19 | 583 ratings

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I have always believed that bands should try new things in each release while they donīt lose their style or essence; that evolution is a natural thing in most of the subjects in life, that would be kind of boring that something stays exactly the same all the time. But in this case exploring out of bounds, far beyond reasonable experiment, could be very risky.

For me it didnīt work quite well with this controversial effort. And i have tryed to understand, really, iīve been listening to the cd over and over again trying to make it grow in me, just because i like this band so much that i couldnīt believe my ears the first times. And has grown, maybe, 1 more star than i was going to give it before, that means 2 and 1/2 total.

I discover during the last 2 listens that not everything was totally wrong. There are a couple of songs that save it from total dissaster, like" Idocracy" which itīs a very good song in the vein of PoS glorious times, and "Kingdom of Loss", a good song but not a masterpiece like some claim it to be.

And unfurtunely there are some tracks that i find annoying like "America" which i find repetitive and pointless, and "Disco Queen", and iīm not a disco music hater, but mixing it with rock itīs like oil and water. The rest of the songs have some nice moments, you can hear a good riff here and there, but thatīs about it. Once you finish listening one of them you easly forget it.

Thereīs not much else i can add since i donīt find interesting things to get deep into, just to say that i hope they manage to find the way to keep exploring and experimenting on an innovative way and not going too far trying to make Nu Metal or similar stuff.

2 and a half *

Viva el Prog!

FranMuzak | 2/5 |


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