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Pain Of Salvation
The Perfect Element: Part I
March 2001
Released: 2000, Inside Out Music America
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: CrashTest

While surfing the net and daydreaming about a trip to Illinois for the ProgPowerUSA festival last month, I noticed that the final band scheduled to play on the last night was Pain of Salvation. My reaction was, “Who the hell is Pain of Salvation and why isn’t Symphony X the top dog on the ticket?” After doing a few Lycos searches to learn more about them, I figured I’d try out their latest release, The Perfect Element, Part I. In short, I think I hit the motherload.



The first time I listened to this CD I was kicking back on a lazy Saturday afternoon. 12 songs and 73 minutes later I was spent. Not so much because of the length of the album, but because of the diversity and complexity of the music. The Perfect Element is one helluva prog metal album ... and it’s a concept album to boot! As I listened I found myself thinking POS has similarities with a lot of different bands and styles, yet they have also ventured into uncharted waters to create a uniquely cutting edge progressive sound. They seem to draw inspiration from bands like Dream Theater, Dokken, Queensryche, Pink Floyd, Faith No More ... man I could go on. Daniel Gildenlöw, the voice and soul of the band, is EXTREMELY talented and has an incredibly diverse voice. Take a dash of James LaBrie and Russell Allen, throw in the range of a Geoff Tate and top it off with some Mike Patton. You get the picture.



Lyrically, The Perfect Element borders on poetic brilliance at times. Try the line from Used where Gildenlöw sings “I am crying unwept tears through this violence / I’ll die trying to break this thick crust of silence.” Good stuff. Or how about the desperation in lines like “Is this all I am? Is this all I'll be? THIS is not enough!” from King of Loss. Classic.



This album won’t be for everyone. If you like your music to be a non-stop onslaught of sheer metal brutality, you need to go elsewhere. However, if you want a peak at the direction prog metal may be heading in the next decade, you owe it to yourself to get this CD.



Official website: http://www.painofsalvation.com
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Pain Of Salvation
The Perfect Element: Part I
June 2001
Released: 2000, InsideOut Music America
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Rick

Yet again I have before me some progressive metal. First let me get this out of the way. If you are expecting to read about a band that sounds like Dream Theater then this is not the band or the review for you. Pain of Salvation play progressive metal that can be slow and melodic at one moment and then out of nowhere can hit you with the force of a sledgehammer. Formed in 1991 in Sweden , Pain of Salvation gained a small measure of local success and in 1997 released their debut CD ENTROPIA. Japanese fans caught the POS bug first and it wasn’t long before the band went back into the studio to record their second release ONE HOUR BY THE CONCRETE LAKE. This was the breakthrough album for the band as it helped them get record deals with Insideout Music in Europe and America and gave them the distribution they needed to bring their music to the fans. With the success of ONE HOUR BY THE CONCRETE LAKE Pain of Salvation went into the studio in early 2000 and emerged with THE PERFECT ELEMENT PART I.



I have to admit that I have had this Cd lying around for a month or 2. Every time I put the CD on I just was not in the mood to listen to it and I really didn’t give it a chance. I just took it off and put on some straight forward metal. It took me at least 2 or 3 false starts before I was able to throw on this disc. Well, I forced myself to listen to THE PERFECT ELEMENT by taking it to work. Either I listened to the CD or I listened to my moron boss! I think the choice was made. What struck me was hard to explain. As I got further into the Cd I found why I couldn’t just throw this on. It was pretty dense stuff. But as I got further and further into this disc I realized that these guys are on talented bunch of musicians. Multiple time changes are a hallmark of the POS sound. Songs like "Used" and "Song of the Innocent" flirt with many different sounds and vocalist Daniel Gildenlow is an absolute chameleon. I read somewhere in an interview that one of Gildenlow’s main influences is Mike Patton of Mr. Bungle who came to fame with Faith No More. I can indeed see the influence as Gildenlow employs numerous personalities and his voice becomes almost a main instrument in the bands sound.



Many progressive metal bands are often accused of trying to sound like Dream Theater. This is not the case with Pain of Salvation. They have created a niche in the progressive metal community that they can call their own.
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Other reviews

» The Perfect Element: Part I
by CrashTest

» The Perfect Element: Part I
by Rick

» Remedy Lane
by JP

» Remedy Lane
by CrashTest

» 12:5
by Waspman

» BE
by CrashTest


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