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THE PAINFUL CHRONICLES

Pain Of Salvation

 

Progressive Metal

2.49 | 26 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'The Painful Chronicles' - Pain Of Salvation (Compilation)

'The Painful Chronicles' is a promo that the band released early on in their career, choosing songs they thought would be representative of their bands sound, in order to gain a larger fanbase. Some of the songs chosen certainly work well to represent the band's awesome talent and skill, but other songs are on here that have never sat well with me, even on their original records.

'! (Prologue)' has always been my favourite early Pain of Salvation song. Despite being only six minutes or so, it covers such a wide range of emotion, as if it was a mini-suite of sorts. This is the song people needed to hear (at least early on in the band's career) to figure whether or not they liked the sound that was Pain of Salvation. The other songs on this compilation are comparatively arbitrary.

'Oblivion Ocean' is a very heartfelt song, and another decent choice. 'Revival' however never really stood out to me. If they were looking for a third song off of 'Entropia,' they should have picked 'Plains of Dawn,' it's gut-wrenchingly beautiful.

I've never been a big fan of 'One Hour By The Concrete Lake,' but I do like 'The Big Machine.' The other two songs taken from that album on here are nothing special. 'Inside Out's counterpart however (the album opener 'Inside') would have been PERFECT for this compilation though. It's much, much better than 'Inside Out.'

Might be cool to have if you're a huge fan of Pain of Salvation, but if you have the albums from which these songs originate, you're not going to be too intrigued by this.

Conor Fynes | 2/5 |

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