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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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  • sweetangel1

    This song is AWESOME... I love it <3

    4 Mar 12:29pm Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    Falling Home song and video are amazingly warm and soulful.Love ya Daniel. <3

    10 Feb 10:03pm Reply
  • LiquidEternity

    V It's your second most-played album...

    9 Feb 2:29pm Reply
  • CrimsonKangaroo

    Still waiting for The perfect element pt. 2

    9 Feb 8:37am Reply
  • LiquidEternity

    Daniel confirmed work on a new album. Says the musical style is in the vein of their early stuff. I'm not sure how it will all pan out, but I'm hoping for slap bassaahhhh.

    8 Feb 8:58pm Reply
  • lter__Impius

    He's been waiting for so long, singing that same old institution song. A humanoid shape in the dense of night: Bad Mongo got a very big knife. Run back home and lock the door, the streets ain't safe no more. Wild eyes and a dribbling tongue, he likes murder and he likes wrong. From the institution with an axe in his hand. A genetic nightmare: It's the Bad Mongo man.

    3 Feb 10:22am Reply
  • SiriusHarvey

    @mirrimaria don't listen to her, you shouldn't fuck em, be proud, they are just a rock-stars, nothing special.

    28 Jan 1:47pm Reply
  • SiriusHarvey

    @InSearchOfTruth yeah, u're right, i`m not that kind of manXD

    28 Jan 1:43pm Reply
  • henriiquecrvg

    Pain of Salvation >>>all

    28 Jan 4:49am Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    @SiriusHarvey come on @mirrimaria can go with that extended version in reply and say: There is no way that you can fuck them like i do. Oh no, you're simply not that kind of man.

    26 Jan 6:49pm Reply
  • mattimek

    new album is good 4/5

    25 Jan 12:12pm Reply
  • SiriusHarvey

    Mirrimaria, There is no way that you can love them like I do. Oh no, there is no way - I see through you.

    22 Jan 8:15pm Reply
  • mirrimaria

    Oh my. Can't stop listening to them.

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • shivaki07 RECENZJA

    7 Dec 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • roblaidlow

    Ragnar is a man..

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
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