Posts tagged ‘pain of salvation’

November 30, 2012

Album 0178: Pain Of Salvation – One Hour By The Concrete Lake


Release Date: 1998
Genre: Progressive Metal


1. Spirit Of The Land (00:43)
2. Part Of The Machine: I. Inside (06:12)
3. Part Of The Machine: II. The Big Machine (04:21)
4. Part Of The Machine: III. New Year’s Eve (05:43)
5. Spirit Of Man: I. Handful Of Nothing (05:40)
6. Spirit Of Man: II. Water (05:06)
7. Spirit Of Man: III. Home (05:49)
8. Karachay: I. Black Hills (06:33)
9. Karachay: II. Pilgrim (03:18)
10. Karachay: III. Shore Serenity (03:14)
11. Karachay: IV. Inside Out (12:18)
12. Beyond The Mirror (08:29)
13. Timeweaver’s Tale (06:22)

Total Length: 01:13:48

Spirit Of The Land is a nice intro, but I’m not entirely sure why it had to be its own track, as it fades right into Inside. Inside is pretty fantastic, the band’s use of synths is really cool, and I just love their sense of rhythm. The spoken word section kind of kills the pace of the song, but I understand that it is necessary for the story they are trying to tell. The Big Machine isn’t quite as impressive, but still a very solid song with some very neat vocals during the chorus. Wish they would do something like it more often.

New Year’s Eve has some cool things going on, but at the same time it doesn’t entirely stick with me. I don’t think of random melodies from this track in my head. Handful Of Nothing is very cool, a bit more ‘prog metal’ than other stuff they have done, but the band still inserts their own style into it. Water is incredibly cool. It features some great synth moments and a recurring theme in the album, just good stuff all around. Home is also good, but by this point in the album I have to feel that the songs start to blend together a bit.

Black Hills starts off pretty decently, but has an awesome instrumental section from about halfway on that is a highlight of the album for me. Pilgrim is softer and I really love it, it’s cheesy in all the right ways. Shore Serenity is kind of basic until the ending which features some really cool synth stuff. Inside Out is great for the first half of the track’s length, just really great metal. The second half was kind of used as padding in the non-bonus track version of the album so that it could be exactly 60 minutes, and it gets kind of boring.

Beyond The Mirror is pretty fantastic, I love the main riff. Very solid song. Timeweaver’s Tale is similarly great. I just adore the harpsichord sound throughout the song. I really do enjoy this album, despite a misgiving here or there. I have no idea how it’s Daniel Gildenlöw’s least favorite PoS album, it’s incredibly consistent and there isn’t a single ‘bad’ song on here.

Final Rating: 9/10

January 20, 2012

Album 0001: Pain Of Salvation – Remedy Lane

I actually begun this self-project back on June 26th, 2011. I was tired of listening to some of the same music over and over while ignoring something purely because it was unfamiliar. I’ve been going strong since then, and so at the moment the next 213 albums (plus more to come) will simply be me playing catch up on here. It will also let me hopefully improve my writing, as I find I use the same words far too often.

Release Date: 2002
Genre: Progressive Metal


1. Of Two Beginnings (02:24)
2. Chapter I: I. Ending Theme (04:59)
3. Chapter I: II. Fandango (05:52)
4. Chapter I: III. A Trace Of Blood (08:17)
5. Chapter I: IV. This Heart Of Mine (I Pledge) (04:00)
6. Chapter II: I. Undertow (04:49)
7. Chapter II: II. Rope Ends (07:02)
8. Chapter II: III. Chain Sling (03:58)
9. Chapter II: IV. Dryad Of The Woods (04:57)
10. Chapter II: V. Thorn Clown (07:24)
11. Chapter III: I. Remedy Lane (02:16)
12. Chapter III: II. Waking Every God (05:20)
13. Chapter III: III. Second Love (04:22)
14. Chapter III: IV. Beyond The Pale (09:57)

Total Length: 01:15:37

This album is just flat out amazing. When I listened to this back in June, I had never heard it before. About halfway through, when everything started to click, I fell in love with it. It’s kind of quirky and intentionally disturbing sometimes, but not in a harsh way. A Trace Of Blood and Rope Ends are quintessential prog metal songs. Rope Ends especially has some cool polyrhythms going on in it. Ending Theme, despite the name, sets up some of the recurring themes that appear throughout the album.

Fandango could easily be considered a good intro song for the band. It’s funky, heavy, has some nice piano, and very cool vocals. I also love some of the vocal melodies in the album, like in the chorus of This Heart Of Mine (I Pledge) and just all over Chain Sling. Undertow and Remedy Lane are both good intro songs for their sections of the album, though I much prefer the former. Undertow is just a masterfully crafted song. Dryad Of The Woods is a beautiful instrumental. Thorn Clown is a bonus track from the Japanese version. It stands pretty well as its own thing, and has references to melodies from other songs. The last section of the album isn’t as good as the rest of the album in my opinion, but it’s still fantastic.

Waking Every God has a very cool chorus. Second Love is an excellent ballad, but isn’t as good as the previous two (yes I’m counting Dryad). Beyond The Pale is an overall fantastic song, tying the album together and building up to a climax. The various sections are all fantastic, and the ending vocal passage is pretty neat.

I can’t say too much against the album. I suppose I still don’t get why the title track even exists, or why it couldn’t just be an intro to a song.

Final Rating: 9.5/10