One Hour By The Concrete Lake

InsideOut Music
Release date
8 Sep 2006
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Spirit Of The Land 0:43 27,663
2 Inside 6:12 26,512
3 The Big Machine 4:21 24,861
4 New Year's Eve 5:47 17,588
5 Handful Of Nothing 7:43 25,445
6 Water 5:05 22,605
7 Home 5:49 22,244
8 Black Hills 6:33 22,660
9 Pilgrim 3:17 22,466
10 Shore Serenity 3:14 21,456
11 Inside Out 13:22 20,297

About this album

One Hour by the Concrete Lake is Pain of Salvation’s second studio album. It is a concept album focusing on the issues of nuclear power and waste, displacement of indigenous peoples, the firearm industry, and human discovery.

One Hour by the Concrete Lake was first released by Avalon Records in Japan in July 1998. It was later released in Europe in January 1999 on InsideOut, in the USA in November 1999 on InsideOut America and in South America in November 1999 on Hellion.

One Hour by the Concrete Lake takes a more thorough and factual approach to its concept than its predecessor, Entropia. A number of facts are given in the album booklet, with a list of sources provided at the end. The chronological order of songs is the same as the track order (as opposed to Entropia) and a number of the events and places are real. For example, the Black Hills in North America and Lake Karachay in the former USSR. The sound is generally darker and more subdued than Entropia, with a harsh, industrial feel to the guitar tones.

Daniel Gildenlöw has personally, though reluctantly, stated that Concrete Lake is his least favorite Pain of Salvation album.

One Hour by the Concrete Lake follows the fictional tale of a man that works in the weapons industry. He begins to have doubts about the morality of his occupation, and realizes that he is just part of a big “machine” that controls his life. He makes a New Year’s resolution to discover what consequences his life and his work have on other parts of the world, and decides to break free of the machine.

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  • TheOnlyMAD

    One of their best. So fucking good.

    11 Mar 2:25am Reply
  • infernalfrog

    This album grew so much in me. Now it's maybe my favourite. Te sequence of music that starts with Handful Of Nothing and ends with Home is so awesome, the way the music continue flowing without interruption. Just amazing.

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    The weakest of their first five albums, but still a masterpiece. ♥

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • meta-l

    this and entropia

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
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    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • longpoke

    dat melody

    17 May 2010 Reply
  • zxc2323

    My favourite PoS album now! This must also be one of the only albums in which I love every single track; I think only Vali's Forlatt is as consistently incredible (in a different way) as this.

    12 Apr 2010 Reply
  • aghoraphobic

    The one torrent on Earth I cannot find. Gosh darn maybe I should buy this album.

    16 Jan 2010 Reply
  • zxc2323

    Wow, took me a while to really get into this, I think partly due to the production. What a great album though! The cover art is indeed memorable...

    19 Dec 2009 Reply
  • henriquee_t88

    Man, you're always complaining about something :p

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
  • dtismajesty

    One of the best albums ever to be horribly produced... sound is so THIN, when it should be FULL and EPIC. They should remaster it, musically and lyrically it's extremely powerful.

    16 Oct 2009 Reply
  • szafi19

    The cover art isn't horrible at all

    6 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Hoo_0L

    I dunno, the cover art is weird, but really memorable.

    6 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Yoshizenhow

    Criminaly underrated is the best way to describe this album.

    1 Apr 2009 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    horrible cover art, amazing album

    26 Mar 2009 Reply
  • chiquitus

    So underrated, for me as excellent as the rest of their albums. OK, TPE1 rocks them all, but this one is still a great masterpiece.

    9 Mar 2009 Reply
  • WayneBirch

    Couldn't agree more SJ158 - a masterpiece.

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
  • SJ158

    their best

    25 Mar 2008 Reply
  • SchWarG

    Amazing stuff here.

    23 Feb 2008 Reply
  • EnemyOfTheState

    This album is incredible upon 2nd phase of listening. The first time I heard it I had already heard everything else, and almost despised the production on here. Also, I thought the ideas were a mess. How wrong I was. The ideas on here are some of the best Gildenlow has come up with.

    30 Nov 2007 Reply
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