Pain Of Salvation - Remedy Lane

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

Pain Of Salvation has been a progressive rock juggernaut since their debut in 1997 with their album Entropia. The Remedy Lane CD is their most recent release from Inside Out Europe. The members of the group are from Europe, with beginnings reaching back to the eighties. They have arrived at a point where the culmination of their musical fulfillment has been reached, and it looks as though it will continue.

I have read a lot of good things about this group so the expectation was already set. I was not disappointed. As with many progressive rock albums that I hear I wasn't too sure if I was going to like it after the first few tracks. As the album progressed my interest and curiosity were aroused recurrently. "Beginnings" is kind of strange, complete with some death growls that had me looking for the nearest mosh pit. I had no need for concern as this was only one infinitesimal element of the entire presentation that they had in store for me. By the time track six rolled around I really was getting into it. "Undertow" is the beginning of the second half of the album, and a different sound takes precedence that doesn't let go until the end. What I heard was a likeness to the great prog-rockers Pink Floyd and Queensryche. This is only a likeness I noticed mind you, they have their own style and sound, so don't think if you buy this disc you will be getting a copycat of the legendary prog-rockers of yesteryear.

"Waking Every God", "Second Love", and "Beyond The Pale" are full scale magnum opuses complete with lush intricate acoustic string arrangements, great upfront vocals, and adept background vocals, backed by rocking guitar and thumping and pumping drums and bass ... it's the utter epitome of prog-rock. These guys can rock and make some beautiful music all in the same song. It's done in typical genre like fashion with quick and unexpected changes; it's a total rush of exponential energy.

I love their name, and I love this album. Salvation can be painful; it's getting there that's the hardest part, but once you do your hell becomes heaven. Join me and have a stroll down remedy lane.

Pain Of Salvation is on tour with Dream Theater in Europe right now. Make sure you visit their website for more information.

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: February 8th 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck

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