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Pain Of Salvation


Progressive Metal

4.10 | 535 ratings

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4 stars 4 ½ stars really!

"Entropia" was a more than excellent debut for this amazing band in my opinion (and obviously in other people's as well). Many people prefer "The Perfect Element" (which was also very good) to this one because of its easier to access sound. But for me it's the opposite I really have to say. It might need definitely more spins than that one to get into but once "you're in" it can offer enjoyment for hundreds of listens. As all of their albums it's based on a concept (basically about death and dreams) and divided into three chapters. The compositions are rather experimental and involving many different music styles, even a bit of funk like demonstrated in "People Passing By" reminding initially quite a lot to RHCP but developing into a truly awesome uplifting Prog piece. The general mood on this album might be dark (corresponding to the theme), but never becoming depressive at any moment. As well I couldn't claim that the sound is very heavy throughout. Rather are mood, tempo and rhythm changing within the same song at times that frequently and often abrupt that you forget that you actually still listen to the same one. With "Oblivion Ocean" this album contains one of the most beautiful and passionate (without being cheesy) ballads they've ever done. Actually I can tell those people who loved this song in its 12:5-version it's here as well fully acoustic and at least as compelling as in the live unplugged version. And of course I shouldn't forget to mention that apart from the excellent musicianship presented by all band members they're blessed with the most talented singer in metal music of all times. Daniel Gildenlöw is covering with his voice such a broad spectrum I can't recall from any other vocalist from bright to dark and from velvet to evil. What I said about "Oblivion Ocean" applies BTW as well to most of the song "Plains Of Dawn" with the difference that this one has been crowned with a rather heavy and bombastic finish. "Leaving Entropia" is another very mellow and nice track and provides a perfect closure of this great album.

As a summary I just can highly recommend this work to anyone looking for truly sophisticated and different kind of metal music.

hdfisch | 4/5 |


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