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Eskilstuna, Sweden (1984 – present)

Pain of Salvation is a progressive rock band from Eskilstuna, Sweden. The band centres on lead vocalist, guitarist, composer, and writer Daniel Gildenlöw.

Trademarks include concept albums focusing on social, environmental, philosophical, and emotional issues as well as songs that incorporate complex rhythms and time changes but retain flowing melodies.

The band was formed by Gildenlöw in 1984 under the name Reality. The band used to participate in many music contests in their homeland of Sweden. The first EP, Hereafter, was recorded in 1996 under the monicker Pain of Salvation, which has been the name of the band since 1991. The Lineup of the band was the same for their first official full length album, Entropia(1997).

After the departure of Daniel Magdic for continuing disagreements with the others over committing to the increasing demands of the band, the band recorded One Hour By The Concrete Lake(1999), a concept album about the issues of nuclear power/waste, disposition of indigenous peoples,industry and human discovery. The band began to receive more attention from critics and magazines all around the world. In 1999 they also played at the famous ProgPower festival in The Netherlands.


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  • mirrimaria

    Oh my. Can't stop listening to them.

    11 Dec 4:44pm Reply
  • shivaki07 RECENZJA

    7 Dec 9:59am Reply
  • Macduff

    I envy those people that get "Perfect Day" renditions by Daniel for their wedding...The covers are great - but as in 12:5 I think the faster songs are not so suited for acoustic versions, while the slower, newer songs are not that changed. But I think Spitfall, Mrs. Modern Mother Mary and Stress sound great. That's kind of complaining on a high level, because musicianship is deluxe and miles above so many bands...

    3 Dec 7:11pm Reply
  • Alice_in_pains

    The new album is pretty unremarkable and it aches me to say so since I'm a huge fan, but I enjoyed the holy diver, perfect day covers. and i'm not sure if i like the rendition of chain sling or hate it.

    22 Nov 4:27pm Reply
  • ShortSonata

    I'll agree with that, 1979 and To the Shoreline are nothing remarkable. That said I think Linoleum and Chain Sling fit in very well, and Linoleum especially has a very fresh feel to it.

    16 Nov 5:17pm Reply
  • henriquee_t88

    What gets me is that this album sounds to me like the roadsaltification of their other stuff and it's cool, so having Road Salt songs in it felt inappropriate. Take for example, 1979 and To The Shoreline, they were basically the same song!

    16 Nov 2:27am Reply
  • henriquee_t88

    I think Stress was the only one I thought "hey, this is sounding gloriously UNIQUE". Maybe that's why it's the opener.

    16 Nov 2:22am Reply
  • roblaidlow

    Ragnar is a man..

    13 Nov 7:33pm Reply
  • Eol_

    In my humble opinion, the new album is mediocre. Dubious tracklist and uninspired acoustic interpretations. At least Spitfall was surprisingly good. But most of the rest of the album are almost the same versions as the studio ones or just worse.

    13 Nov 7:10am Reply
  • TheSleepingSoul

    Some tracks sound like so-so re-recordings and not new versions, but there's some cool cuts on Falling Home, like the title track, Flame to the Moth, and Holy Diver.

    12 Nov 9:20pm Reply
  • MikeDoyle

    Apart from 'To the Shoreline' and '1979', which pretty much sound like weaker renditions of the album versions, every track is very cool. Some awesome rearrangements. Very happy with the album!

    11 Nov 3:26pm Reply
  • omfgmx

    DavidLamarcq, her name is Ragnar.

    11 Nov 10:36am Reply
  • DavidLamarcq

    Who is the female singer? She's so superb on chain sling.

    11 Nov 10:12am Reply
  • Dejayend

    great band I Love it! Falling Home so Unique <3

    11 Nov 9:30am Reply
  • r0ryb0ryalis

    This album is FANTASTIC! So much better than my expectations. Holy Diver is MAGNIFICENT.

    10 Nov 11:06pm Reply
  • Andre_L-

    sorry, but Holy Diver is awful

    10 Nov 6:11pm Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    Falling Home is enjoyable work of Daniel`s unique style of singing & playing + reminder of how POS made some memorable masterpieces.Holy Diver cover is freaking good.

    8 Nov 10:48pm Reply
  • ShortSonata

    The acoustic Scarsick songs make brilliant reimaginings. Really, really fucking good.

    8 Nov 4:06pm Reply
  • Dustspell

    You may try OMB

    8 Nov 3:11pm Reply
  • ettori_pf

    new album is great, very unexpected and fascinating

    7 Nov 11:35pm Reply
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