Pain Of Salvation

Rating: 85/100

Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen, October '04
Label: InsideOut Music
Style: Progressive Metal

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This is progressive, actually very progressive. You really needs to be open-minded to be able to digest this album from Swedish Pain Of Salvation. I have been a huge fan of theirs all along, but this album has really tested me ... the album is a weird mixture of a lot of things.

You do off course get your familiar progressive metal songs like: "Lilium Cruentus", "Dea Pecuniae" and "Diffidentia" played Pain Of Salvation style. Some spoken words tracks, some instrumentals - one with only keyboard and piano, one with a sort of southern gospel thing (hard to explain). Another one starting slow with piano and vocals before turning into a real metal track, and and ... take a listen yourself!

This is an album, that deservers, that the listener take the time to listen to this album a lot of times, before you pass judgement on it. Because it is so diverse and varied, that you simply needs many spins to discover, what the wonderful universe of Daniel Gildenl÷w is about.

The first couple of times I listened to this album, I thought it was the worst album they've ever released, but slowly the album sort of opened up and keeps getting better by each listening. It's complex, progressive and more than a mouthful for most metal fans, but for fans of Pain Of Salvation, you couldn't have expected for anything less than this!

The album has an excellent, crystal clear production, and Daniel is singing excellent on this album. The work with a real orchestra has really paid off and adds an extra dimension to Pain Of Salvation.

Recommended tracks: "Lilium Cruentus", "Dea Pecuniae", "Diffidentia" and "Iter Impius"