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Pain Of Salvation

 

Progressive Metal

4.09 | 857 ratings

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praj912
4 stars A 4 compared to other bands, a 3 by PoS's standards. This album doesn't really capture what they do best, but certainly shows that they are prepared to step outside the box.

The quality of the product is excellent in all respects, it's just that it is spoilt by too much talking and scene setting, which I'm sure could have been turned into something more musical, rather, it detracts from the usual musicality their previous albums have.

That said, this is PoS's most musically diverse and varied work to date and it sits well with their previous body of work because of that. Less prog-metal and with a heavy use of classical instruments, each track has its own flavour.

There's a couple of scene setting intro tracks followed by a folk tinged track, the classical piano instrumental, the more traditional PoS metal, a southern tinged 'cotton farmers' lament, a bluesy rock- opera type track, a dull trudging nu-metal song that turns into a gentle piece, a progressive metal killer, a short instrumental, a church organ backed dirge, an killer power ballad and a closing tune which returns to the folky them, and a final 'nothing' track.

To say that their previous albums are more 'straight-ahead' isn't quite correct, but this album stretches the unique progressive metal base of their past albums, rather than repeating it.

PoS are growing in range and maturity, but I still think their strengths lie in the multi-layered vocals (& DG's range), powerful tasteful playing and climactic songwriting.

praj912 | 4/5 |

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