Pain of Salvation

Info about Pain of Salvation
Country Sweden
Added By Mike
13 years ago
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1997-2000 Metal
2002 Rock
2004-2007 Metal
2010 Rock
2011 Metal
2014 Rock
2017 Metal
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8.4 x13
Symphonic Prog Metal/Hard Rock
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42 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, 8 users rate it lower. 32 users think it is prog, one user thinks it is merely related to prog and one user thinks that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 118 studio tracks by Pain of Salvation.
Track durations range from 43s to 15m 31s, averaging at 5m 20s with a standard deviation of 2m 28s.
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Comment by J-Man 9 years ago
Pain of SalvationMyspace.com - Entropia 1997
8.3
Prog Metal
This is an excellent debut from Pain of Salvation. While I don't consider it one of their masterpieces, it's still a great album that deserves a spot in every prog metal fan's collection.
Comment by J-Man 9 years ago
Pain of SalvationMyspace.com - Remedy Lane 2002
9.8
Prog Metal
This is often overshadowed by their previous effort, The Perfect Element, but this is still a masterpiece that is almost as good. It has excellent playing and songwriting, along with a special feel only Pain of Salvation can create. Highly Recommended!
Comment by J-Man 9 years ago
Pain of SalvationMyspace.com - The Perfect Element Part 1 2000
10.0
Eclectic Prog Metal
This is one of the greatest prog metal albums, and is Painof Salvation's pinnacle. Words cannot describe the incredible variety of moods in this album, and it can only be told by listening to it. A highly recommended album!
Comment by Gamemako
Pain of SalvationMyspace.com - Scarsick 2007
4.0
Prog Metal
Likely to be the last album I ever pre-order, Scarsick taught me a valuable lesson. Not known for consistency, PoS went way off the deep end with this one. A stinker and then some, Scarsick is PoS living up to its acronym.
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Review by Lofcaudio 11 years ago <Permalink>
Pain of SalvationMyspace.com - Remedy Lane 2002
9.3
Prog Metal
I am somewhat new to this creative prog metal group from Sweden, Pain of Salvation. So far, I have found their music very enjoyable to listen to. This particular album is outstanding from start to finish. Daniel Gildenlöw’s impressive vocal talents are in full display accompanied by some very well-crafted songs. For purposes of this review, I will ignore the overriding theme (concept) of the album and focus instead on what really moves me: the music.

“Beginnings” is the first song and really gets the listener ready for what is to come. The music fades in with mellow acoustic sounds providing a solid foundation before the guitars come roaring in to remind us that Pain of Salvation plays some mighty nice metal. The stage has been set for Remedy Lane.

The album is divided into three chapters with “Beginnings” being treated as an introduction. Chapter 1 begins with “Ending Theme”, a fabulous tune with a very memorable melody line highlighted by crunchy guitars and Daniel’s layered vocals covering numerous octaves (as he is frequent to do in many of the band’s songs).

“Fandango” is next and is probably the least accessible song on the album with its crazy time signature changes and syncopation. Though I really like this song, it took me a while to be able to digest it and enjoy it to its fullest.

“A Trace of Blood” follows and provides a truly amazing dichotomy in that the music is so very very good and the lyrics are so very very gut-wrenching. I get excited with the catchy melody and emotive vocals, yet the words are so painful that it makes me feel guilty for enjoying this music so much. Daniel and his wife suffered greatly (and still do) so that we could be blessed with such a fascinating song. “A Trace of Blood” is a huge highlight on this ... -> show full review
Review by Mike 11 years ago <Permalink>
Pain of SalvationMyspace.com - Scarsick 2007
8.0
Prog Metal
I suppose there comes a time for every band to release a bad album - this is it for Pain of Salvation. Although I have to admit that it sucks on a high level - it has great production, flawless musicianship, decent songs - it lacks inspiration, is full of bland social bashing, and is ultimately going nowhere. Due to Mr. Gildenlöw it is the second part of The Perfect Element, but I fail to see how. Granted, there are a few highlights that remind of TPE pt.1 - Kingdom of Loss and Enter Rain for example. Relaxed, kind of gloomy Post Rock/Metal with tasteful guitars and atmospheric effects. But as an album it seems very patchy, the atmosphere is ruined by the extremely bland tracks America and Disco Queen, by the out of place rapping on the first two tracks (it was cool on the first track of TPE pt.1, it does not work here at all) and by the indecisiveness and meandering pointlessness which is most apparent in the track Idiocracy. What happened to the seemless connection of songs, the recurring motifs, the grand concept and brilliant, thoughtful lyrics?
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Comment by Kestrel
Pain of SalvationMyspace.com - Entropia 1997
8.1
Prog-Related
A great debut for an amazing band. Although Pain of Salvation
has somewhat shifted their style since this album and produced
great, if not better works, some songs on here remain among
their best, such as "Winning a War" and "Revival". Just a sweet
album.
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Review by Kestrel 12 years ago <Permalink>
Pain of SalvationMyspace.com - Be 2004
9.5
Prog Metal
BE is perhaps the best album to come out in years. Daniel
Gildenlow brings forth a very intriguing concept of God and why
things are the way they are. The album is full of insightful lyrics, further
showing that Gildelow is one of the best lyricists today. Also,
shifting from albums such as Entropia and Remedy Lane, Pain of
Salvation has help from a small orchestra, which makes the
album far more interesting than previous efforts. The album also contains dramatic
shifts from tracks consisting solely of speech to tracks with acoustic guitars to
tracks with heavy metal riffs. This album isn't the same as many other greats in
that it isn't full of great, independent songs. Many of the
tracks which could be considered weaker, are indeed weaker when listened to by themselves. However, once each track is put into its
place, it contributes to the work as a whole. Take for
example, "Vocari Dei". Even though it has some nice music, it
is comprised entirely of messages left on an answering machine.
Who wants to listen to that as an individual track? It wouldn't
work on its own but when included in BE, it adds to the
concept. BE definitely isn't a collection of tracks, but
truly, an album and what every album should aspire to be.
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Comment by Mike 12 years ago
Pain of SalvationMyspace.com - Entropia 1997
8.9
Symphonic Technical Prog Metal
One of the most astonishing debut albums I've ever heard. Outstanding production, excellent musicianship throughout and amazingly fresh and innovative songwriting and lyrics.
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Rating by Mike
Pain of SalvationMyspace.com - Be 2004
8.6
Experimental Prog Metal/Rock
I wouldn't recommend this for Pain of Salvation newbies. It is a good album musicwise, but the concept is a little bit pretentious and - dare I say it - cheesy. Also, the focus is not as much on the music as it was on the first four studio albums. Some tracks are among Pain of Salvation's finest efforts though.
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The Perfect Element Part 1 2000
 #1

9.0 x29
Eclectic Prog Metal/Rock
Remedy Lane 2002
 #2

9.3 x26
Heavy Technical Prog Rock/Metal
Be 2004
 #3

8.5 x26
Experimental Technical Prog Metal/Hard Rock
Entropia 1997
 #4

8.5 x16
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 #5

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 #6

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8.0 x3
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