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Pain Of Salvation
The Perfect Element: Part I
Released: 2000, InsideOut Music America
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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