InsideOut Music
Release date
8 Sep 2006
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Animae Partus 1:48 8,867
2 Deus Nova 3:18 40,283
3 Imago 5:11 9,959
4 Pluvius Aestivus 5:00 32,611
5 Lilium Cruentus 5:28 9,485
6 Nauticus 4:58 8,565
7 Dea Pecuniae 10:11 14,061
8 Vocari Dei 3:50 38,519
9 Diffidentia 7:36 8,705
10 Nihil Morari 6:21 26,907
11 Laterticius Valette 2:27 1,813
12 Omni 2:37 24,191
13 Iter Impius 6:21 30,314
14 Martius/Nauticus II 6:41 9,057
15 Animae Partus II 4:08 21,677

About this album

Pain of Salvation - BE
(Recorded: various places, Sweden, February-July 2004; Released: September, 2004)

“BE” is Pain of Salvation’s fifth studio album, released by InsideOutMusic in September 2004. It is a concept album focusing on the existence of God and humankind. Along with the band it features a nine part orchestra, The Orchestra of Eternity, which features prominently throughout the album. This is the last album to feature Kristoffer Gildenlöw on bass. The album is the first Pain of Salvation album to be divided into more than three chapters.

The band performed it live as a rock opera. It was released as “BE” (Original Stage Production).

“BE” attempts to explore the many facets of human existence. It begins with the narration of Animae, someone or something who/that has existed for as long as he/she/it can remember and contemplates the nature of his/her/its existence and then begins a journey of understanding with the words: “I will call myself GOD and I will spend the rest of forever trying to figure out who I am”.The story continues from there. The characters that appear and disappear throughout the story are as follows:
* Animae: Animae is the album’s representation of God, or a Godhead.
* Nauticus: Nauticus is the name of a fictional space probe that is, according to the album, the most intelligent space probe ever to be created. In reference to the marine ‘neighborhood’, Nauticus ‘drifts’ throughout space, searching for answers to save Earth from itself.
* Imago: Imago is the image of humanity in its most natural form. Combined, Imago is the reflection of Animae.

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  • KevinBouchard

    It's art, of course it's pretentious. Bear with it or pass your way. This is the best album of PoS and I regret that I only discoreved it few weeks ago. Truly a masterpiece.

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
  • kapana-

    fucking brilliant

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • CliffAM

    Really pretentious, but that's why I like it!²

    22 Apr 2014 Reply
  • death_burnout

    It has been a good while since I've heard this in full and it is still a moving yet bitter, poignant masterpiece. I'm still in love with it, the narrative and music are woven so beautifully together. No idea how Daniel pulled it off though, because on paper, it does seem like the worst thing ever.

    16 Apr 2014 Reply
  • RationalGazerr

    masterpiece indeed

    21 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Amusingly pretentious, and I love it now on that merit alone.

    10 Jan 2014 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    The last PoS masterpiece. I fully forgive its pretentiousness because the concept is beautiful and works so well. It's the only concept album with spoken-word narratives that doesn't make me cringe.

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Hobbaloo

    Really pretentious, but that's why I like it!

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • Pertupix

    Amazing album

    27 Dec 2012 Reply
  • meta-l

    good grief, they played diffidentia and a couple more tracks off BE when I saw them. I wasn't really bored to tears, but that's a fitting hyperbolic internet description of the experience.

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • meta-l

    don't see why people hate the entire album. to me, track #14 is bearable

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • hearmyear

    Be Be!

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Braymz

    Should have been a book or something. Definitely not music. Or at least not a Pain Of Salvation album.

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • Dyomaeth

    Probably the most pretentious album in existence.

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • Mercenarion

    Pretentious wankery.

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • jump29

    Greatst album! "Deus Nova" cool song!

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • AkselJ

    I recall the first time listening through this. The entire time, I felt like a movie was playing inside my head. And man, that was the best movie I had ever seen. This is a masterpiece. Incredible.

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
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    25 Oct 2011 Reply
  • lter__Impius

    Hi there. The huge differences in number of listeners are mainly tagging's fault.

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Thornspire

    Why do so few people listen to the entire thing?

    21 Jun 2011 Reply
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