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Pain Of Salvation

Formed: 1991
From: Eskilstuna, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive rock band headed by Daniel Gildenlöw; the band's lyricist, chief composer, guitarist, and lead vocalist. Their sound is characterised by powerful, accentuated guitar work, broad vocal range, abrupt switching between heavy and calm passages, intense syncopation, and polyrhythmic experimentation. Another trademark of the band is that each album is a concept album. Some of the topics addressed in the band's albums include sexuality, war and its effect on family and humanity, environmental issues (such as nuclear power), the forming of the individual, and the nature of God, humankind, and existence.

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Latest Pain Of Salvation News

Below is our complete Pain Of Salvation news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Pain Of Salvation Gives "Reasons" In New Video

Swedish progressive rock/metal innovators Pain of Salvation released a video clip for the new song "Reasons." The song appears on the much anticipated new studio album "In the Passing Light of Day,' which will be released on Friday the 13th of January, 2017 via longtime label partners InsideOutMusic.

On "Reasons" the band commented: "We are proud to present the second video from our upcoming album 'In the Passing Light of Day.' It's a hard and complex track, but is somehow catchy enough to make people go around humming it hours after they've heard it. I left one of the early demos in my car over the weekend, and the next week I heard my kids hum it while they were playing app games on their phones. Or, as Daniel Bergstrand put it, 'It's awesome - it's so catchy that you can't resist singing it, but it drives you crazy because at the same time you can't grasp the weird rhythms enough to do it right!' hahaha. The video is a bit different too, because I'm in it, but with all my clothes on and not having sex with anyone or even holding severed body parts of any kind. How weird is that? For those who think that's just too meek, I can offer some comfort to that, by revealing that four of us were bleeding after only two or three takes of the video. Who was the one who didn't bleed? That's a mystery for you to solve and discuss. 'Because I hate every motherfucking word you say!'

"Lyrically the song is about the harshest lows of a long-term relationship, but also a dark satire about true and deep loyalty and love - the kind that will not perish in any flame but just come out twice as strong. It's like a long and true friendship - it can withstand a little bit of conflict, dislike, or even hate, every now and then through the year, without going out. At least if the conflicts are shared and mutual, brought out in the open and dealt with with courage and truth. So, at the surface, it may first seem like a lyric about hate, but as you delve deeper into the philosophy of it, and if you pay attention to the small lyrical signs towards the end, you'll understand that it is a story about a strong love." More...

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Pain Of Salvation Announces Tour Dates

Swedish progressive rock/metal innovators Pain of Salvation are pleased to announce North American tour dates in support of upcoming album "In the Passing Light of Day," which will be released on Friday the 13th of January, 2017 via longtime label partners InsideOutMusic. Catch these upcoming Pain Of Salvation 2017 tour dates:

Feb 7-11 Tampa, FL - Mexico - Cruise to the Edge
Feb 12 Tampa, FL, The Orpheum
Feb 14 Houston,TX, The Scout bar
Feb 15 Dallas, TX, Gas Money
Feb 16 Kansas City, MO, The Riot Room
Feb 18 Chicago, IL, Reggies
Feb 19 Detroit, MI, The Token Lounge
Feb 21 Toronto, ON, Mod Club
Feb 22 Quebec, QC, Le Cercle
Feb 23 Montreal, QC, Le Tulipe
Feb 24 Buffalo, NY, Iron Works
Feb 26 New York, NY, The Marlin Room More...

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Pain Of Salvation Announces New Tour

Swedish progressive rock/metal band Pain of Salvation ios pleased to announce a first European tour in support of upcoming studio album "In The Passing Light Of Day," which will be released on Friday the 13th of January, 2017 via longtime label partners InsideOutMusic. Catch these currently confirmed Pain Of Salvation tour dates:

07.-11.02. Tampa (US) / Cozumel (Mexico) - Cruise To The Edge
29.03. Copenhagen (Denmark) - Amager Bio
30.03. Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
31.03. Berlin (Germany) - Columbia-Theater
01.04. Prague (Czech Republic) - Rock Cafe
02.04. Reichenbach (Germany) - Art Rock festival V
04.04. Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
05.04. Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z-7
06.04. Milan (Italy) - Circolo Magnolia
07.04. Lyon (France) - Ninkasi Kao
08.04. Barcelona (Spain) - Bikini
09.04. Madrid (Spain) - Teatro Barceló
11.04. Paris (France) - Divan Du Monde
12.04. London (UK) - Islington Assembly Hall
14.04. Venlo (The Netherlands) - Grenswerk
15.04. Leiden (The Netherlands) - Gebr. De Nobel
16.04. Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon
16.-18.06. Clisson (France) - Hellfest More...

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Pain of Salvation Release "Meaningless" Single

Swedish progressive rock/metal innovators Pain of Salvation are commencing the promotional campaign for the much anticipated new studio album "In the Passing Light of Day,' which will be released on Friday the 13th of January, 2017 via longtime label partners InsideOutMusic.

Therefore, the band is launching the album's first single 'Meaningless" today. Check it out in a stunning video produced by Joakim S. Hammond and Love Fagerstedt for Lynx Pictures in the player below.

Pain of Salvation have checked in with the following comment on "Meaningless": "We feel very proud to release the first video for the upcoming album 'In the Passing Light of Day.' Love and Joakim and the entire film team have made a tremendous work. In it, you will also see some wonderful Pain of Salvation fans, whom we want to send extra warm thanks to! Let the journey begin, into the passing light of day. Enter 'Meaningless.'"

Inextricably linked to the near fatal illness that band-leader Daniel Gildenlöw spent much of the first half of 2014 recovering from, the album is an altogether darker and more impassioned journey. Taking the hospital bed as a narrative hub, the lyrical and musical themes touch on all the conflicting feelings that run through a person's mind when presented with the prospect of death and the passing of life.

The track list for the album is:

1. On a Tuesday (10:22)
2. Tongue of God (04:53)
3. Meaningless (04:47)
4. Silent Gold (03:23)
5. Full Throttle Tribe (09:05)
6. Reasons (04:45)
7. Angels of Broken Things (06:24)
8. The Taming of a Beast (06:33)
9. If This Is the End (06:03)
10. The Passing Light of Day (15:31)

Check out "Meaningless" here: More...

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Pain Of Salvation Announces New Studio Album

Swedish progressive rock/metal innovators Pain of Salvation has announced the worldwide release of the long-awaited new studio album "In the Passing Light of Day" for Friday the 13th of January, 2017 via longtime label partners InsideOutMusic.

Working together with acclaimed producer Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad, etc.) at Dugout Studio in Sweden, the band have crafted an album that sees them returning to the much praised heavier sound, featuring the syncopated rhythms, glorious melodies, and intensely personal themes that Pain of Salvation fans have long loved about the band.

Inextricably linked to the near fatal illness that band-leader Daniel Gildenlöw spent much of the first half of 2014 recovering from, the album is an altogether darker and more impassioned journey. Taking the hospital bed as a narrative hub, the lyrical and musical themes touch on all the conflicting feelings that run through a person’s mind when presented with the prospect of death and the passing of life.

The album will be available as a special edition 2CD Mediabook (including expanded 48-pages booklet, several in-depth texts by conceptual author Daniel Gildenlöw, demo material & band commentary tracks), standard jewelcase CD, gatefold 180g 2LP vinyl plus album on CD as bonus & digital download.

The album artwork can be viewed here: More...

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Pain Of Salvation Posts "Fandango (Live)"

Swedish progressive rock/metal group Pain of Salvation is releasing a very special version of 2002 album "Remedy Lane," entitled "Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived)" and out today via InsideOutMusic.

Additionally, Pain of Salvation's classic track "Fandango (Live)" is now launched now via a static clip on YouTube as next online sample for the release. Listen in below.

Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw comments: "'Fandango' has always been one of my favorite live songs, and it's always well received by the crowd. I think it's simply very cool for both us as musicians and for the fans to see this very complex beast spring to life. And those high notes of mine in the end of the song seem to guarantee a certain level of impressiveness, regardless of who is listening.

"I still recall when we were on tour back in 2002 together with Dream Theater - after our show James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess came up to me and shook their heads with big smiles. James said he just couldn't understand how I could pull off all those hard-on-the-voice styles and techniques and still master the high end like that. Jordan agreed and joked that those last notes in 'Fandango' were probably illegal in several states. Needless to say, that was a pretty huge moment for me." More...

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Pain Of Salvation Posts "Rope Ends (Remix)"

Swedish progressive rock/metal innovators Pain of Salvation will release a very special reissue version of 2002 album "Remedy Lane" entitled "Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived)" on July 1st, 2016 via InsideOutMusic. Today the "Rope Ends (Remix)" is being launched as first impression - check it out below.

With this release, Pain of Salvation re-visit the "Remedy Lane" album by teaming up with old companion and mixing engineer wizard Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Devin Townsend, Haken, etc.), allowing for a new sonic take on the original recordings as well as the intense full-album live performance from ProgPower USA Festival from 2014.

Both these "Remedy Lane" recordings will be available either together as 2CD Digipak format dubbed "Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived)" or individually as gatefold 2LP (+ corresponding album as bonus CD) or digital download versions, respectively called "Remedy Lane Re:mixed" (Playing time: 68 min.) and "Remedy Lane Re:lived" (Playing time: 74 min). The releases will come with revised artwork, expanded booklet design and extensive liner-notes by Daniel Gildenlöw. More...

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Pain Of Salvation Re-Releasing "Remedy Lane"

The Swedish progressive rock/metal innovators from Pain of Salvation have announced a very special reissue version of their classic 2002 album "Remedy Lane," entitled "Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived)."

This new edition is set for release on for July 1st, 2016 via InsideOutMusic. The band teamed up with old companion and mixing engineer wizard Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Devin Townsend, Haken, etc.) for a new sonic take on the original recordings as well as the intense full-album live performance from ProgPower USA Festival 2014.

Both these "Remedy Lane" recordings will be made available either together as 2CD Digipak format dubbed "Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived)" with a total playing time of 142 minutes, or individually as Gatefold 2LP, or digital download versions, respectively called "Remedy Lane Re:mixed" (Playing time: 68 min.) and "Remedy Lane Re:lived" (Playing time: 74 min). The releases will come with revised artwork, expanded booklet design and extensive liner-notes by Daniel Gildenlöw.

Gildenlöw commented as follows about the re-mix project: "Jens Bogren, aka Fascination Street Studios, approached us a few years after the release of 'Remedy Lane,' saying he was a fan of the band and kindly offered his services. He was later involved in 'BE' and 'Scarsick,' but always in the periphery, since we were taking new directions in our sound and production by then. His true strengths lay in that impressive wall-of-sound type production that we had been aiming for with 'The Perfect Element' and 'Remedy Lane,' and I always wondered how those albums would have sounded in the care of his skillful hands. Maybe it was time to find out?" More...

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Pain Of Salvation Checks In From The Studio

Pain Of Salvation just issued this announcement about entering the studio to work on a new release:

"And so it’s finally 2016! Welcome to this brand new Pain of Salvation year (which I have decided to name 'Garbo'). We have intentionally been a bit restrictive with feeding you intel on our plans as of lately, but as a late Christmas gift, let us pull you into our secretly very busy world.

"OK, so the lid finally comes off – we are actually in the studio right now, almost two weeks into the full-blown recording of our brand new album. And not in just any studio, with just any producer.

"We are in the Dugout studio with awesome producer Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames etc), who was our hand picked top choice for recording this album, and was equally thrilled about getting a chance to work with us. We will keep posting thoughts, pictures and updates on this during the coming weeks, to keep you in the loop. You are, after all, our beloved extended family.

"And hey, as if that’s not enough, we just recently joined forces with Glassville Music for management and booking, and we are planning for at least two releases this year, and some nice touring (yes, we know you want us to 'come to Brazil!'). 'Garbo' is here, my friends – and it seems like she might just be the most exciting year ever." More...

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Pain Of Salvation Working On New Album

Swedish progressive rock outfit Pain of Salvation has kept busy working on various new recording projects ever since latest release, the semi-acoustic album "Falling Home" from January 2015. Having just returned from some successful shows in Russia, Pain of Salvation now also announces a next string of shows in The Netherlands and Italy:

Oct. 29, 2015 NL - Enschede @ Atak
Oct. 30, 2015 NL - Apeldoorn @ Gigant
Oct. 31, 2015 NL - Amstelveen @ P60
Dec. 12, 2015 IT - Rome @ Crossroads Live Club
Dec. 13, 2015 IT - Milano @ Circolo Magnolia

Additionally, following up on the "Road Salt" releases, Pain of Salvation has now started to work on material for a next studio album effort, a concept album that goes back to the band's harder and heavier roots of the early 2000's. Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw has checked in with a brief status report:

"We have a few gigs on the horizon, but in all honesty, our true focus is on the next studio album right now. Ragnar and I truly enjoy writing music together, and have that sort of completing-each-other's-sentences dynamics to our writing that I have only found in very few people over the years. We have very creative writing sessions, and we can't wait for the fans to hear the new material! You'll see a hungry and strong Pain of Salvation, confidently returning to a harder and heavier form, musically. Still, as always, without losing the intimacy and originality that has been the trademark of the band ever since the first album. Anyone who has witnessed on stage what today's Pain of Salvation are capable of, will understand how much I am looking forward to show them what we can do in a studio." More...

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Pain Of Salvation Releases "Falling Home" Video

Swedish progressive act Pain of Salvation released a new music video for the track "Falling Home." The song is the title track from the latest album, which is now available through InsideOut Music.

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Pain Of Salvation Posts Dio Cover

The acoustic album "Falling Home" by Swedish progressive rock innovators Pain of Salvation is out now via Inside Out Music in Europe (North America will get its edition on January 13th, 2015).

In order to celebrate the album's street date, another song off "Falling Home" has now been launched online. Check out the unique acoustic cover version of Dio's classic "Holy Diver" track below, thanks to Metal Hammer. Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw checked in to comment about this special song as follows:

"A few years back we were asked to play in a local metal event where every band got three songs from a particular artist. We got Dio on our plate, and decided to make a very special rendition of 'Holy Diver'. It stayed with us over the years, and we are thrilled finally to be able to present it on recording. We just wish Ronnie could still be around to hear it.

"I spent a few months last year listening to Tony Bennett and was deeply impressed with his timing and balance of expressiveness and subtlety. So when we did this odd rendition of 'Holy Diver' it presented me with the perfect opportunity to play around with those vibes. Our fans might think this vocal style is new for me, but my family knows better - they've heard me singing like this in the car for many years now. Really, people who think I'm using my voice in an extremely versatile way in Pain of Salvation should sit in the backseat of my car a few times. That's where the shit happens, hahaha.

"PS: Luckily, my kids have still not come to the age when they get embarrassed and tell their daddy to please shut up with the singing in the car." More...

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Pain Of Salvation Posts "1979" Video

The release date for the acoustic album "Falling Home" by Swedish progressive rock innovators Pain of Salvation via InsideOutMusic is drawing closer, with a January 13th release set for North America.

Now, the atmospheric video clip directed by Stefan Daniels for the song "1979" has been launched online and can be seen below. Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw comments:

"We had the greatest time shooting this video. We went up north to an old fisher village where Johanna's family has rented old fisher cabins in the summers since her father was a little child. I have spent time there with her since we met twenty years ago and I love the place. No phones, no television, just the ocean and nature and these old cabins. It seemed the perfect place to shoot the video for '1979.' So, we spent a few days there, the entire band with families and Johanna's sisters and their families, and we just had a wonderful time together. I remember standing in the store Googling beer brands to find out which bottles had remained most the same since the 70s, hahaha.

"We had many scripted scenes that we shot but that never ended up in the final video - some nude bathing and Ragnar jumping into the water with his clothes on from a row boat. In the end Stefan Daniels (the director) decided to go with the small gestures and made Sandrian and his kite be the heart of the video, which was a perfect decision.

"My favorite clips are probably the ones at the breakfast table in the cabin and the one in front of the cinema, simply because, to me, they capture the air of the late 70s so perfectly, as I knew them. It almost hurts to watch those clips, and I'm close to tearing up every time. My intellect knows perfectly well that these are new recordings, but my heart connects at a split second and breaks from the loss of an era." More...

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Pain Of Salvation Streams Acoustic Track

Swedish progressive rock innovators Pain of Salvation recently announced an acoustic album, "Falling Home," to be released in Europe on November 10th, 2014 and on January 13th, 2015 in North America via the band's longtime label partner InsideOutMusic.

A first track off "Falling Home" is now being launched online. Check out the acoustic version of "Linoleum" below, thanks to Prog Magazine.

Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw has checked in about the release as follows: "Damn, it will be so nice finally to have this album see the light of day in a context larger than my head, our rehearsing room and a multitude of work computers and hard drives in selected homes. It has been a long time, and the road to release has been very complicated and unexpected, including finding myself in hospital for four entire months after a close call with flesh eating bacteria. Who would have guessed as we set out to record a quick little acoustic something all those many months ago in what seems like another lifetime by now?

"On the other hand, it has turned this album into so much more than we ever expected it to be. I find the term 'acoustic album' very misleading. This album is as bold a statement as any of our albums, and will in the same way offer laughter, tears, surprises and challenges. If it's not original, if it's not uncompromisingly passionate, then it's not Pain of Salvation."

Gildenlöw commented about the track "Linoleum" in particular as follows: "I love the versatility of this animal, and I keep dragging it into different contexts to see how it will adapt and respond. In other words, this track was a given when we started discussing an acoustic project, and probably the first one I sat down with to rearrange. I have always loved to play around with the emotional spectrum of suppressed rage in music and lyrics, and making this song acoustic called for even higher levels of challenge when it came to finding that perfect balance of dialed down subtlety and sudden bursts of emotional display. I love how it came out in the end. An agile predator. Let's invent a word today: Pantheresque." More...

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ProgPower USA XV: Day 2 (Saturday)

The fact that Friday’s ProgPower events went off without a hitch despite numerous technical issues that the audience generally wasn’t aware of and bands weren’t very delayed from their assigned time slots was a real credit to the ProgPower crew. Unfortunately, Saturday would bring its share of more obvious challenges. Waking up on Saturday had Friday’s attendees feeling as if they’d just collectively experienced the same dream for the entire day before. For some, that dream had lasted until dawn clawed its way overhead. As difficult as it was to believe, the festival was already half over. A full writeup on day one’s shows can be read here.

Saturday’s shows were to kick off with two of Norway’s more progressive bands - the young upstarts in Withem and the veterans of Divided Multitude. Divided Multitude’s drummer wasn’t available to come to America due to postal delays in getting him his visa, which forced the band to cut down their set and bring in the talents of two experts playing off the cuff: Withem’s Frank Røe and Pagan’s Mind’s Stian Kristoffersen. Following them would be Germany’s Voodoo Circle, whose vocalist would cause instant pregnancy among several of the female -- and male -- fans in the audience. Germany’s MasterPlan would round out the last of the power metal for the festival in huge fashion afterward, followed by a passionate full album performance by Sweden’s Pain of Salvation. Jon Oliva’s Pain would close out the festival with rare fire and what will surely be noted as one of the strongest performances of Oliva’s second half of his musical career - Savatage’s “Streets” performed in its entirety.

First, however, as is the tradition at ProgPower each year, gold badge holders were treated to a special additional set of music -- this time, by Seventh Wonder, performing non-Mercy Falls songs exclusively bright and early. More...

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Vangough, Theocracy, Pain of Salvation Make Mayhem

The first date for the Pain of Salvation/Vangough North American tour (sponsored by MetalUnderground.com) doubled as ProgPower USA’s unofficial “Midweek Mayhem” show on September 10th in Atlanta, Georgia at The Loft music venue. Power metal band Theocracy joined for a set in-between the two bands to balance out the power- and progressive-metal for the evening with a powerful galloping energy. In the style of the three bands combined, here is a lyrical retelling of the experience of that show by writer Frank Serafine. More...

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ProgPower USA Midweek Mayhem Contest Announced

Before the main festivities of the annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, the tradition has been to hold a "Midweek Mayhem" show as well as an additional Thursday "Kick-off" show to unofficially extend the festival weekend two days. In keeping with tradition, the September 10th show happens to be the start of the MetalUnderground.com-sponsored Pain of Salvation tour, with backup from the upstart progressive band Vangough and righteous power metal band Theocracy.

With the show being over 80% sold out, the show's organizer, Milton Mendonca, issued an update and a special contest for Midweek Mayhem 2015, the text of which follows. More...

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Vangough Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Hot on the heels of the recent announcement of a North American tour sponsored by MetalUnderground.com with prog metal titans Pain of Salvation, Vangough is launching a crowd-funding campaign (full details here) to stay on the road and deliver a Kickstarter-exclusive live CD.

Vocalist and guitarist Clay Withrow explains how the next logical step was to get the band on tour following the release of third album, "Between the Madness" (reviewed here): “We’ve been aggressively trying to get on a tour for years now, so it’s been a longtime coming. This is a big step in bringing our music to a larger audience.”

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Pain of Salvation Announces North American Tour

Metalunderground.com is proud to announce that Pain of Salvation and Vangough will be making their way across the United States on tour for the month of September.

Pain of Salvation is ready to return to North America for a full continental tour beginning September 10th in Atlanta, GA. The band will cover a good portion of the United States and also play a couple of shows in Canada and Mexico. Oklahoma-based Vangough has been chosen as direct support for the tour. A complete list of dates can be found below.

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Thought Chamber Pulls Out Of ProgPower USA

Glenn Harveston, promoter for ProgPower USA, has announced that San Francisco's Thought Chamber has been forced to pull out of this year's festival to be held from September 10-13th, 2014 in Atlanta Georgia.

The following announcement was made by vocalist Ted Leonard: "Ted Leonard here….We regret to announce that, due to my scheduling conflicts, Thought Chamber will not be able to participate in ProgPower USA 2014. I feel terrible about this, but have had unforeseen commitments arise that unfortunately cannot be changed. We are truly honored to have been invited to perform at ProgPower USA. Glenn Harveston has built one of the best progressive metal festivals in the world, and we hope that Glenn will forgive our unforeseen cancellation and allow us to return in the future. This was totally unexpected, and evidence that I've completely overloaded my plate. I would like to personally and publicly apologize to Glenn Harveston, my band mates, and to any ProgPower USA fans that may have purchased tickets solely to see Thought Chamber."

Harveston has named the replacement act as Greek progressive metal band Need. The band released the latest album "Orvam - A Song for Home" in January. As a preview, check out the track "Mother Madness" from the album here: More...

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