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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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  • bieljuca

    Okay, the flesh-eating bacteria get away, now what?

    18 Jul 4:43am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Neo-prog = progressive rock keeping the spirit of '70s progressive rock alive,'s very mixed quality, but then again, so were the original prog bands.

    10 Jul 4:56pm Reply
  • henriquee_t88

    A flesh-eating bacteria got in the way.

    24 Jun 5:11am Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    So whatever happened to that acoustic album PoS was supposedly doing?

    22 Jun 10:47pm Reply
  • orangexlemon

    Fantastic band !

    17 Jun 3:46am Reply
  • newbatthis

    Just started listening to some PoS after what seems like an eon. Oh man they still sound awesome.

    13 Jun 7:32pm Reply
  • henriquee_t88

    Neo-prog... does that exist already?

    9 Jun 1:34am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    So after finances kept me from buying the Road Salts for about 2 years I decided to just go ahead and stream them...I can see now why their style change was so divisive, but I honestly prefer the vocals on their recent material. I want to hear what it'd sound like if they took their current style and merged it with The Perfect Element or Remedy Lane now, would be awesome neo-prog.

    7 Jun 5:23pm Reply
  • Henkkles

    Maschine's Rubidium really reminds me of the older Pain of Salvation albums and that's only a good thing, what a fantastic album.

    28 May 5:25am Reply
  • EvanClark

    So. Listening to "Scarsicker" for the first time.... This is weird.... Probs just gonna take the two extra tracks and reintegrate into the full length version.

    18 May 12:41pm Reply
  • KFLester

    by which i mean dan and gustaf are cool as fuck and i love them.

    15 May 8:24am Reply
  • KFLester

    Epic Joke Leo Margarit!! that isnt the kind of shit that makes people want to kill themselves or anything!!!! imo.

    15 May 8:24am Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    "FALLING HOME is coming...!" - :)

    13 May 12:24pm Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    v new record after trails and tribulations.and eurovision can sound like pain of what? :D

    10 May 10:09pm Reply
  • ShortSonata

    New record might be a way off after all of Daniel's trials and tribulations.

    3 May 11:40am Reply
  • lter__Impius

    Except for the cover of Dio, I'm don't care much for Clean/Falling Home. I'm more curious about what they're going to do next, if anything.

    2 May 10:36pm Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    btw, we want fucking new record.

    2 May 10:02pm Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    v because i really don`t see the reason to vote up for photo that shows some after-bath thinking in the woods.

    1 May 9:26pm Reply
  • Alice_in_pains

    Why have you voted it down?:D

    1 May 9:15pm Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    v lol, "You’ve already voted for this image.", of course voted down. xD

    1 May 9:14pm Reply
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