Pain Of Salvation - Remedy Lane

Year of Release: 2002
Label: InsideOut
Catalog Number: IOMCD 092
Format: CD
Total Time: 65:38:00

How is it possible to start a review about Pain Of Salvation without feeling completely empty of words in front of your computer screen? For me, each wait for a new PoS album is painful. For me, PoS is a dream came true and I don't ever want it to stop. Is Remedy Lane the follow up to this dream, or the beginning of a nightmare?

I think the dream is still full colour shining. Remedy Lane is the fourth album from PoS and each time, even though it took me some serious listening to fully appreciate their work, I wasn't deceived nor disappointed. The band continue to evolve, to mature from each album, but this time around it's more into a trance of deep personal emotions and inside feelings. We are used of that coming from Daniel Gildenlöw, main writer, singer, and guitarist of the band, but this time around the personal approach of the overall work is much stronger than before. For sure the lyrics are dark, often sad, but I like to see it as a small mirror of our own life, our own society. The music is a pure PoS fest. The production still sounds strange to my ears, but that helps create the sound of band I think. You hear this guitar tone and you already know which band it is. And when the vocals start, you find yourself either hating it or loving it. I like to see Remedy Lane as the perfect follow up to The Perfect Element, even though it's not the sequel. What has occurred with the Pain of Salvation sound is, on Remedy Lane, more polished and more refined. Highlights for me are "Fandago" and "Rope Ends" where you can really appreciate the talent of the band, their ability of mixing complex song structures along with melodies out-of-this-world and hooks all over the place.

Overall, older fans won't get lost while listening to this new opus and for new fans, this album will be the perfect starter to jump inside the minds of Pain of Salvation.

[This review originally appeared November 2002 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]

Beginnings (2:26) / Ending Theme (4:59) / Fandango (5:51) / A Trace Of Blood (8:17) / This Heart Of Mine (4:01) / Undertow (4:47) / Rope Ends (7:02) / Chain Sling (3:58) / Dryad Of The Woods (4:55) / Remedy Lane (2:17) / Waking Every God (5:29) / Second Love (4:21) / Beyond The Pale (9:56)

Daniel Gildenlöw - gutars, vocals
Johan Hallgren - guitars
Kristoffer Gildenlöw - bass
Fredrik Hermansson - keyboards
Johan Langell - drums

Entropia (1998)
One Hour By The Concrete Lake (1999)
The Perfect Element (2000)
Remedy Lane (2002)
12:5 (2004)
Be (2004)
The Orchestration Of Eternity - Be (original stage production)
Scarsick (2007)
Linoleum (EP) (2009)
Ending Themes (On The Two Deaths Of Pain Of Salvation) (2009)
Road Salt One (2010)
Road Salt Two (2011)
Falling Home (2014)
The Passing Light Of Day (2016)

Be - Live DVD (DVD) (2005)
Ending Themes (On The Two Deaths Of Pain Of Salvation) (DVD) (2009)

Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin SE

Added: January 17th 2005
Reviewer: Mathieu Chamberland
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