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Progressive Metal • Sweden


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Pain of Salvation is widely known as one of the fundamental progressive metal bands from the second generation, which came around the mid 90's, but the fact is that the band is one of the oldest progressive metal bands still active. The band was formed by guitarist, singer and composer Daniel Gildenl÷w and friends in 1984, two years after Fates Warning, Three years after Queensr che and a year before Dream Theater, when Daniel was only 11 years old. At that time, the band was called Reality, but as Daniel got older he realized the band's name needed to changed, despite the band being basically the same. So, in 1991 the band officially changed from Reality to Pain of Salvation. Daniel, over the years, gave various different reasons for the change of name, but the common feature of all those explanations is the fact that the name symbolizes the balance between things of vital significance, such as good and bad, light and dark, life and death.

The band had numerous personnel changes, mostly during the Reality period and the early period of Pain of Salvation up until their second album. Since the release of One Hour by the Concrete Lake the band remained fairly stable, with only two important band member changes: when Kristoffer Gildenl÷w, Daniel's brother, left in 2006 due to being unable to attend to rehearsals because he lived in Denmark, and when Johan Langell, Pain of Salvation's drummer since 1989, left in 2007 in order to focus on his own family.

After having a reasonably stable lineup for some time, Pain of Salvation decided, in 1996, to search for a record deal with some record label, but first recruited the keyboardist Fredrik Hermansson to complete the band's intended sound. During the rest of 1996 they distributed various demo tapes in hope to get signed with any interesting label. In early 1997 the band started recording their debut album in Roasting House, a professional recording studio in Sweden, and in August of the same year Entropia was released in Asia by Avalon, a Japanese record label owned by the Japanese record company...
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4.10 | 498 ratings
Entropia
1997
3.93 | 464 ratings
One Hour By The Concrete Lake
1998
4.23 | 1109 ratings
The Perfect Element - Part 1
2000
4.23 | 1032 ratings
Remedy Lane
2002
4.11 | 796 ratings
Be
2004
3.20 | 547 ratings
Scarsick
2007
3.34 | 443 ratings
Road Salt One
2010
3.52 | 364 ratings
Road Salt Two
2011
3.27 | 97 ratings
Falling Home
2014
3.95 | 187 ratings
In The Passing Light Of Day
2017

PAIN OF SALVATION Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.42 | 285 ratings
12:5
2004
3.98 | 113 ratings
The Second Death Of Pain Of Salvation
2009
4.43 | 21 ratings
Remedy Lane Re:Lived
2016

PAIN OF SALVATION Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.38 | 195 ratings
Be Live
2005
3.94 | 98 ratings
Ending Themes - On The Two Deaths Of Pain Of Salvation
2009

PAIN OF SALVATION Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.89 | 27 ratings
Remedy Lane Re:Visited (Re:Mixed & Re:Lived)
2016

PAIN OF SALVATION Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.44 | 23 ratings
The Painful Chronicles
1999
3.63 | 29 ratings
Ashes
2000
3.31 | 104 ratings
Linoleum
2009
5.00 | 13 ratings
Remedy Lane Re:Mixed
2016

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 Falling Home by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.27 | 97 ratings

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Falling Home
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by TheMasterMofo

3 stars A lot of progressive metal doesn't translate well to an acoustic format, but that's not the case here. I've had friends who don't like progressive music at all compliment the acoustic cover renditions of Holy Diver and Perfect Day. Obviously if you're a fan of POS, the other songs will be familiar and yet different enough to be pretty fun! This was a surprising gem for me; I wasn't expecting much when I gave it my first listen, but I came away very impressed.

Stress doesn't seem like a song that would sound good in this format, but somehow it sounds amazing. The clean, twangy guitars actually give the song a different kind of life, and hearing the various time signatures and crazy rhythms like this reinvigorated my love for this classic POS song.

Linoleum actually sounds better on this album than it does on Road Salt One IMO. The more laid back approach without the bluesy electric guitar in your face makes this song come across far more subtly but more enjoyably also. Gildenlow's emotional singing is perfect for this song.

To The Shoreline is another Road Salt Song, this one from RS2. Honestly while I like the way this song sounds it's one of the least impressive on the album only because it sounds almost exactly like the original. Its saving grace is the final chorus, which comes across as stronger in this version than on the original track, as the vocals are more dominant in the mix.

Holy Diver is a very strange anomaly. The original Dio version is one of the most classic heavy metal anthems from a time when heavy metal was truly coming into its own. Killswitch Engage did a modern metal cover true to the original that was well-received, too. Well, this is absolutely nothing like either one of those versions. Imagine if Bob Marley was still alive and decided he wanted to write a cover of Holy Diver and have Gildenlow sing... That's basically what you have here. This song has some old school Frank Sinatra-styled vocals and some very reggae funky music going on, and for some reason it works. Really well. The tricky thing about doing a cover is that most bands choose to either cover it exactly like the original or completely do a different take on it. There are inherent risks with both approaches, especially when taking a completely different approach, but this is a risk that paid off.

1979 is another great RS2 song that sounds very similar to the original. With it being their most recent album those songs were really too fresh to try to redo. Just like To the Shoreline, this one still sounds great, but it seemed unnecessary to redo so soon after it was released.

Chain Sling is one of my favorite POS songs of all time; it's almost a perfect song so to change anything is a risky endeavor. This version carries over the spirit of the original really well and is probably the least acoustic-sounding song on the entire album. There's more emphasis on the vocals in this format so I wind up appreciating even more the various harmonies going on.

Perfect Day is a wonderful cover of a classic Lou Reed song. After the whole Lulu travesty I felt pretty ornery towards Lou Reed, but Walk on the Wild Side and Perfect Day are great songs. POS's rendition is so much better in so many ways though. Gildenlow's vocals are so much more nuanced and deliberate. The music behind is smoother than the original. The climax near the end of the song is more dramatic and emotional. It's a great cover.

Mrs. Modern Mother Mary is a toned down version of the Scarsick song. Scarsick gets a lot of hate, so if you hated its in-your-face -rap approach, you'll probably like this version better.

Flame to the Moth is overall my favorite POS re-imagining on this album. It has an almost flamenco feel with the acoustic strumming and the vocal melodies translate amazingly well with the acoustic music. This is definitely a much improved song.

Spitfall is the third and final acoustic Scarsick song and.... It's very amusing to hear Gildenlow delivering spoken word over an acoustic guitar saying things like, "Yeah right. f*ck you. F*ck you right down to the core" and "When you're rappin' your sh*t y'all". This song is meant to essentially attack celebrity culture but it somehow seems more effective in this format because it's so ridiculous to hear someone rapping spoken word over acoustic music. Still, it honestly sounds good.

Falling Home. If you're not interested in hearing covers, you should still listen to this original masterpiece. It's a folky, sad song with absolutely perfect vocals. This song blends the voices of Ragnar and Gildenlow better than any other song I've heard them do together, including newer tracks like Meaningless. If you're a fan of POS's less metal songs, it doesn't really get much better than this.

Overall is this album going to blow anyone away? No. Does it really do a whole lot of new, exciting things? No, it's mostly a self-cover album. Regardless, it's an enjoyable experience that any POS fan should enjoy.

 In The Passing Light Of Day by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.95 | 187 ratings

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In The Passing Light Of Day
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by Corcoranw687

5 stars There is no way to give out less than 5 stars here. This is the latest album from a musician who has always worn his heart and influences on his sleeve, but the only band you can be reminded of is Pain of Salvation. This album has it all; balls-out prog metal like "Full Throttle Tribe", a fun vocal-focused single in "Reasons" which stays in your head for days, and the emotional heavyweights you can always expect from Daniel Gildenlow. We get some very sexual lyrics in "Tongue of God" and during the super cool "Meaningless" which is the song I'd recommend you check out first. My favourite is opener "On A Tuesday", the spoken and sung verses caught me off guard at first before I was introduced to the big chorus. The album was inspired partly by Daniel's battle with flesh eating bacteria, feeling helpless in a hospital bed, and his wife watching him suffer and the impact it had on her. Like much of his music, this is a very personal album from an incredible musician that begs to be heard at least once no matter what you like. This album reminds me of Remedy Lane more than their others albums, but like each new Pain of Salvation album it's a completely new beast, and in my opinion their best album yet.
 One Hour By The Concrete Lake by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.93 | 464 ratings

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One Hour By The Concrete Lake
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review N║ 110

"One Hour By The Concrete Lake" is the second studio album of Pain Of Salvation and was released in 1999. It's the first album from the band to feature Johan Hallgren on guitar. He substituted Daniel Magdic, their former guitarist. The line up on the album is Daniel Gildenlow (lead vocals and guitar), Johan Hallgren (vocals and guitar), Fredrik Hermansson (keyboards and samplers), Kristoffer Gildenlow (vocals and bass) and Johan Langell (vocals, drums and percussion).

"One Hour By The Concrete Lake" is perhaps the heaviest and darkest album of Pain Of Salvation. Creativity isn't the best way to describe this album. It's completely unique and leaves the listener never knowing what is coming next.

This is a conceptual album focused on the issues of nuclear power and waste, displacement of indigenous peoples, the firearm industry and human discovery. The story is about a disillusioned man that works in the weapons industry and that begins to bring the morals and ethics of his occupation into question, falling into doubt about what it really is that he is doing from day to day with Big Machine. Will his actions are actually harmful? So, on New Year's Eve when he backs home, he makes the resolution of to discover just what effects his apparently harmless actions are having on the world in general. He sets off on a journey around the world, visiting far reaching places and becoming witness to terrible acts that go against everything he was once told and he believes. Civilizations ripped apart by war, lands left barren by environmental devastation, careless water consumption and much more things. In the last step of his journey, he arrives at a desolate shores of Lake Karachay, a place in the former Soviet Union that was used to store nuclear waste for more than forty years and that was eventually covered by concrete to dampen the incredible amount of radiation that was present. Unfortunately, the concrete began to split open after several years. A person would only need to stand on the shore of the lake for a single hour before the radiation exposure would reach such high levels that the person would die from physical injuries, in approximately two weeks. Horrified by his discoveries, the man returns to his home. Considering his situation, he realizes that he will never truly be able to distance himself from the Big Machine, because it's his home and because the world is just a giant labyrinth of machines within more machines. Instead, he begins to understand that a machine is only made up of its wheels and he is nothing more than a wheel inside of other wheels. He decides to stay inside of his chosen machine in an attempt to change its direction.

Musically, "One Hour By The Concrete Lake" is very deep and intricate, as usual on all Pain Of Salvation's albums. The song structures are very well written and nothing is very repetitive on it. The songs usually go to very powerful to suddenly very soft, which is usual too. Pain Of Salvation has really some brilliant musicians. First of all, we have Daniel's vocal range and his emotional singing. He goes from the softest and low most emotional vocals to the most aggressive. Actually, four or five band's members sing which you will notice most of the time. There are a lot of vocal parts with subtle instrumentals. The guitars are powerful and beautiful at the same time and have some great riffs and complex solos. The keyboards are one of the most important things here, which are used very often, and the little piano parts make the album very enjoyable to listen. At the heavy parts, they're usually in the background, and while they might not stand out to much, the songs would sound empty if they weren't there, as if there was something missing. One of the best things about this album is how well all the instruments flow together, and all the band members play integral roles in the construction of each song, making of the album a whole. This is really a great album, indeed.

Conclusion: "One Hour By The Concrete Lake" is considered the weakest of all Pain Of Salvation's first five studio albums. It also seems to be the less favourite studio album from the band to Daniel Gildenlow. Sincerely, I'm not sure if it's true. For me, despite being less good than "The Perfect Element Part 1" and "Remedy Lane", is perfectly at the same level of "Entropia" and, in my humble opinion, is even perhaps better than "Be". The song structures are very well written and nothing is ever repetitive. The songs usually go to the very powerful to suddenly very soft sounds. They flow into each other and sometimes if you just listening to a single song by itself it will sounds very incomplete. "One Hour By The Concrete Lake" is an hour very well spent. It's impossible to listen to this album only once and be able to get its full effect. It must be heard again and again. You also need to read the lyrics, and then read them again, from the first track to the last. The album is an incredible display of all the musical influences that this band uses in their compositions. It filled with everything from classic metal hooks, to progressive metal complexity, to the warmth of the Spanish flamenco. It takes you on a journey through time and space, a journey you really never want to forget.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Entropia by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 1997
4.10 | 498 ratings

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Entropia
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review N║ 109

"Entropia" is the debut studio album of Pain Of Salvation and was released in 1997. It's the only album from the band featuring Daniel Magdic on guitar. He was substituted by Johan Hallgren on their next albums. So, the line up on the album is Daniel Gildenlow (lead vocals and guitar), Daniel Magdic (vocals and guitar), Fredrik Hermansson (keyboards), Kristoffer Gildenlow (vocals and bass) and Johan Langell (vocals and drums).

"Entropia" is a conceptual album concerning the story of a family in a fictional society that is torn apart by the war. The title of the album is derived from the words "entropy" (from thermodynamics, the measure of disorder present in a system) and "utopia" (the ideal society). Its concept is very loose compared with the concepts of some of their future albums. While it does follow a central story with specific characters, it also acts as a general commentary about war and societal injustice. So, it's far more open to interpretation and can be approached differently by different people.

However, as Daniel Gildenlow says, this is an album with a very complex concept that is pretty hard to grasp. It's about a family in a war situation, about a father that fails to protect his family, about a child who needs a father and not a soldier, about a society that kills and excludes and then takes its hand away from the remains in shock of what it has become. It's about a world he has chosen to call Entropia, which is in his opinion, suspiciously similar to our world. "Entropia" is the album that started it all. This isn't their best album, but it's still an amazing progressive metal album.

"Entropia" is divided into four chapters and has the following story. The story is about a child, his father and his mother through a period of war in a land called Entropia. When the father leaves his family to fight in the war, the son yearns for his father's return. Sorely missing the love and the presence of his dad, the son strays from his path and falls into poverty and disarray, and finally he died. Broken with the news, the father pleads to God, and swears to take what's left of his family and move away into West Entropia. However, their new life isn't all he expected. West Entropia has its own share of problems. Industry is spinning out of control, the technology is pervasive throughout everything, violence and hate are far closer than ever before, and all of it quickly became dominant. So, the man is unable to protect the rest of his family, his wife, from the dangers of this hostile new world, and she died too. Upon suffering this second loss, the man has another conflict with God, and finally he realise that he was completely enable to protect his loved ones from harm and he commits suicide. This is an album with a very pungent and dramatic story.

Musically, "Entropia" features elements of straight ahead metal, funk, jazz, bombastic progressive rock, bittersweet balladry and much more. Daniel's voice is raw and slightly underdeveloped, comparatively speaking. You can feel the strain in his voice, especially when he attempts to hit highs and lows that would come effortlessly on many of their future albums. Daniel's vocals are fascinating and exciting, as always. From a structural and song writing point of view, "Entropia" has all over the place. The group jumps between styles sporadically, moods and dynamics are constantly shifting around in potentially disorienting fashion, and the instrumental work is easily one of the best that they've ever made. Pain Of Salvation have come to always place the concepts first, and it might not be quite right on this debut. On it, the band was still experimenting with different directions and composing explorative, which is quite reasonable. The rhythm section of Kristoffer and Langell is at its most frenetic, displaying much more of a jazz influenced free style flow throwing around some rather type patterns that we never really get to hear on future albums.

Conclusion: "Entropia" is really an impressive album of Pain Of Salvation. Worth getting with it, for those seeking something new, refreshing, original and who want to listen to something different from the typical progressive metal sound. It's easily one of the best debuts I've ever heard and it marked the starting point of what would be a consistent chain of magnificent progressive metal conceptual albums. "Entropia" encompasses a wide range of different styles of music, like funk, techno and even jazz, but at the core it always has the progressive metal sound. Some progressive metal bands are simply Dream Theater's followers. But this is a band where the emotion plays a big role in the musicianship. The musicianship doesn't equal playing fast, but rather interacting between all musicians resulting in a great balance of composition and improvisation. Daniel Gildenlow plays the lead role with his genial compositions and fantastic vocal work with an amazing range and power. His guitar playing is also technically brilliant and he has his own style. The other band members are of also excellent. I highly recommend "Entropia" to all who wants to hear something fresh and new. It isn't an easy album to get into. It takes a few listenings to fully get into it, but it worth. I'm sincerely convinced that despite isn't as good as "The Perfect Element Part 1" and "Remedy Lane", it's almost there.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Remedy Lane Re:Visited (Re:Mixed & Re:Lived) by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
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Remedy Lane Re:Visited (Re:Mixed & Re:Lived)
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by javajeff

5 stars I already had Remedy Lane on CD, and it has always been a masterpiece to me. This new double album version is a real treat. The live version is a stellar performance with the extra ambiance of the live environment. The performance has passion, and Daniel Gildenl÷w's vocals are top notch as always. I enjoy a good live performance on occasion, but I much prefer studio albums. The remastered version of Remedy Lane is like a new album. The sonic quality is up there with the new album In the Passing Light of Day, so they sound great together in a Pain of Salvation playlist. I think it is really worth the upgrade for the sound quality.
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In The Passing Light Of Day
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by javajeff

5 stars I always expect incredible vocal performances from Daniel Gildenl÷w, but the songwriting for "In The Passing Light Of Day" is just stellar. This album is an instant classic that is up there with the other masterpieces from Pain of Salvation. It is not hard to place this gem up near the top with their other albums, and I will enjoy it for years to come. I have been loving the remixed and live versions of Remedy Lane, so I can have an amazing playlist of similar sonic quality. "In The Passing Light Of Day" from start to finish is perfect with amazing musicianship. I do not really like picking apart prog masterpieces by choosing favorite tracks, but if I absolutely had to choose standout tracks, I would go with Reasons, Angels of Broken Things, Full Throttle Tribe, and The Taming of a Beast. But this beauty is best enjoyed from start to finish, just like every other album from Pain of Salvation.
 In The Passing Light Of Day by PAIN OF SALVATION album cover Studio Album, 2017
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In The Passing Light Of Day
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by The Jester

3 stars Before anything else, I should mention that Progressive Metal was never my cup of tea. In my opinion, Heavy Metal music, Progressive or not, should be more direct and straightforward, and kick the listener's stomach with its power and killer guitar riffs. Now that I made myself clear, I can go on. I have a few Pain of Salvation albums in my music collection, but they never gained a special place in my heart. Their releases are usually decent, I listen to their albums from time to time, but that's it. (In case you are wondering, the albums I got are: The Perfect Element (Pt.1), Remedy Lane, Road Salt One, and In the Passing Light of Day). As far as I learned, the band's leader Daniel Gildenl÷w had some very serious health problems, and he was struggling with them for enough time, and that is something that is reflected in the lyrics and the whole atmosphere of the album. The album begins with the 10+ minute-long On a Tuesday, which is a powerful epic. A very good song, despite the uninspired start. As the song evolves, it becomes really impressive. Tongue of God that comes next is also a very good and powerful song, and one of my favourites, followed by Meaningless, which I didn't like so much. Silent Gold is a very melancholic song, simple and beautiful. There is no point writing about all the songs one by one, because each person will have a different opinion. The point is that, the album includes some very good and some not so good moments. There are some songs I really like, some that are just ok, and some that I don't like at all. It is not a bad album, not at all, and I'm sure that the fans of Progressive Metal will appreciate it. As for me, think I will give 3 out of 5 stars, which I believe is a fair rating.
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In The Passing Light Of Day
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by Hrvat

5 stars 'In the Passing Light of Day' is an amazing return to form for the legendary Pain of Salvation, a band which I've been a long time fan of but a band with which I've ultimately been disappointed by in their post Be output. What you will find in this now album is probably the most representative work of their discography. It takes bits and pieces of everything they've done, we see the return of the heaviness and syncopated riffing from 'Entropia' and 'One Hour by the Concrete Lake'. We see the return of the beautiful emotional and lush melody of 'The Perfect Element' and 'Remedy Lane'. Yet it still retains much of the rawness of the Road Salt albums, however without the 70s retro hard rock aesthetic and production, this is a very modern sounding release as the band has embraced being a prog metal band once more.

The highlights of the album are without doubt the three epic tracks 'On A Tuesday', 'Full Throttle Tribe' and the title track. The other shorter track are also fantastic as the album feels so cohesive, really capturing what makes a great concept album in a way we haven't heard from the band since Be. This album takes you on an emotional journey, one that is essentially of Daniel Gildenlow coming to terms with his brush with death when he fell victim to a flesh eating bacteria. You hear the anger and the despair throughout, the kinds of powerful emotions that used to be a trademark of the band but went missing on more recent albums.

It also needs to be pointed out the role of Ragnar Zolberg who joined the band after Road Salt 1 and 2, who co wrote much of the new album with Daniel Gildenlow, giving Gildenlow a significant writing partner which he hasn't had since the early days with Daniel Magdic. His presence has really breathed new life into the band. His vocals are also a fantastic addition, really complementing the vocals of Gildenlow.

Overall this album has really blown me away and has reinvigorated my love for Pain of Salvation. This really is a new dawn for the band and now I cannot wait for what the future holds.

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In The Passing Light Of Day
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by JJLehto
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4 stars A return to their heavier, darker days but not really their old sound.

In the days before this album released I heard tons of talk about a return to the band's old days. After drifting for years with a variety of different styles, from the uber dense, grandiose "BE" to the bluesy 70s rock flavored Road Salt 1 & 2 and in between the anti American/hip hop culture rage fueled prog metal piece "Scarsick", "In The Passing Light of Day" was supposedly a return to their glory days.

While there is no doubt this album is a return to their heavy, darker days, (though I'd say Scarsick was certainly heavy and the Road Salts were not exactly light hearted affairs) it really is nothing like their first 4 albums. "In The Passing Light of Day" is a lot more straightforward, dare I say less progressive, than Entropia to Remedy Lane era Pain of Salvation. There's some of their classic syncopation, off tempo playing and heavy/light blend but this album is absolutely less explosive, innovative and zany than their classic era. While very heavy, it's not as "intense" as older albums, there are almost no solos, gone are the textured walls of music that stop, and sometimes turn, on a dime. The riffing and melodies are fairly straightforward and the drumming is solid but not anything to write home about. All that said, is the album bad? Not at all.

It may just take some getting used to. Daniel's vocals are brilliant as always, and the lyrics are somber and reflective, undoubtedly stemming from his brush with death from a flesh eating bacteria. Indeed, death and hospitalization are prominent on this album. The songs are mellow and moderately simple, but with enough heaviness throughout to prevent staleness. It's like a blend of Road Salt and their classic era, with the profanity tinged, punchy "Reasons" reminiscent of Scarsick. Call this album a summation of the band's career. It may take some time, and I feel like it still is fully sinking in for me, but this is a powerful, moving album. Some standouts are "On a Tuesday", "Full Throttle Tribe" and "Reasons". The 15 minute, mellow yet moving title track takes you on a slowly building journey to finish the album, which concludes with the sound of breathing in a hospital.

Daniel has gone through a harrowing experience, and clearly it had a major impact on him and provided him ample room to ponder. "In The Passing Light of Day" feels more like a musical telling of this experience, the most powerful one we know: dealing with death. THREE AND A HALF STARS (bump four stars)

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In The Passing Light Of Day
Pain Of Salvation Progressive Metal

Review by Deadwing

5 stars I've listenned a few times to In The Passing Light Of Day and it's a very different album from Pain of Salvation. It feels somewhat Road Salt albums meeting their old stuff. The mixing (with a very dry mix, especially the drums) remembers me a lot Road Salt, but then you have these heavy guitar riffs returning with a darker approach. The albums focus a lot on these riffs without many keyboards or guitar solos (except the excellent long one on Angles of Broken Things), also with some more darker (still catchy) chorus, so you can see that it certainly doesn't sound like their previous stuff, though you'll feel that it is Pain of Salvation. Meaningless is the most accessible track and also the one that remembers more the classic era, very relaxing to listen.

Anyway, the tracks overall are quite solid and I don't think there is any weak song. I wish, however, that On a Tuesday had less breakes (which somewhat remembered me Opeth) and the title track wouldn't take too long to the band play together. Regardless, I've loved the riffing on most tracks and the structure felt cohesive. It's a really dense approach, but It's my favorite release except for Remedy Lane (IMO, their masterpiece).

4,5/5 - If you're into heavy stuff you should definetly listen to it.

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