Pain Of Salvation
From: Eskilstuna, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
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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Pain of Salvation has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player:
"We are proud to present the last piece of the puzzle for the upcoming tour line-up – the guitar player.
"First, a little background on the auditions. So, we had applications coming in from the whole world (including a few countries we had barely heard of) and it was a pretty massive task to go through them all and make our choices. From close to a hundred applicants we harshly narrowed it down to five guitar players being invited to our rehearsing room for auditions. One from Sweden, one from the UK, one from Iceland, one from Germany and one from France. These were the top-of-the-crop, and it’s quite telling that they were all lead singers in their respective past or present bands. It was hard to choose, especially between the top two guys. However, when the dust settled, it was to Iceland that we turned, and the magical Ragnar Zolberg. So, without further ado, here he is.
"We are certain that Ragnar will have everything that’s needed to kick your asses on the upcoming tour, and our first four days of rehearsals only strengthened that feeling. He is an excellent guitar player and an outstanding vocalist, and he knows how to make use of those abilities while rocking out on stage. On top of that he is an awesome person. What’s not to like?"
Zolberg also commented on joining the band:
"Holy ravens! what the f**k just happened!? My gratitude and excitement for the upcoming tour is far beyond words and I feel unbelievably privileged to be sharing the stage with one of my favorite bands.
"I’ve been going through the songs during the whole Christmas that I’m spending here in London, but the only guitar I had was my nephew’s guitar…..he’s 2 years old! Let’s just say that it’s a very small one but it sort of keeps in tune so it’s not all bad.
"I can’t wait to start rocking out to the music that we’ve all come to love so dearly and I will devote my whole heart to it!"
Pain of Salvation has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new keyboard player:
"Pain of Salvation’s new keyboard player is no stranger for the observant fan. Being quite the renaissance man (as everyone in this bizarre band), he has been all over the place the last year. He played the keyboard in India, the bass in South America and on the European tours, and dammit if he didn’t do the lights in Skellefteå too!"
Vocalist Daniel Gildenlöw commented, "Through the years we have always had problems finding people who can master ONE instrument well enough to play our songs the way they should be played, so needless to say D2 has impressed us by playing both the bass and the keyboard with total conviction. Asking him to join the band was a natural step. Also, band meetings were getting boring with only me and Léo there. The world, meet Daniel “D2? Karlsson"
Daniel also added:
"To be a part of this band is a real honor. I’m very grateful to have been around POS for quite some time, both as a technician and a musician and a fan of course, and suddenly I’m being a part of them for real. It pays off to work your way up:) My intentions is not be the 'new' Fredrik, because there’s only one. And a damn good one! But I’ll do my best to carry the spirit on and bring a new chapter to the history of Pain of Salvation. I’m looking forward to be a part of the future of the best band in the world."
Stormbringer.at has posted a new video interview online with Daniel Gildenlöw from Swedish prog act Pain of Salvation. You can check out the clip below, in which Daniel discusses touring with Opeth and the new "Road Salt" albums.
InsideOut Music is currently offering a free 12 track sampler online, which is available by heading over to this location.
The sampler includes music from Pain of Salvation, The Safety Fire, Beardfish, The Tangent, Leprous, The Devin Townsend Project, and more. A statement from the label's publicist reads as follows:
"The sampler features 12 of InsideOut's best releases of 2011 including tracks from some of the label's flagship and new developing artists...
"Pain Of Salvation's 'Road Salt Two' has been widely received and the band is starting a big Euro run supporting Opeth.
"Steve Hackett hasn't slowed down since being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame last year, and the new double CD 'Beyond The Shrouded Horizon' shows that. More...
Pain of Salvation has issued the following announcement about Johan Hallgren deciding to leave the band:
"After 13 years in the band, Johan Hallgren has decided to leave Pain of Salvation to focus on his daughter and wife. He will not leave music altogether, but plans to work with music in a way that allows him to stay at home with his family in Sweden. That means that the band's upcoming Nov/Dec tour together with Opeth will be his last. He will of course be sadly missed, both musically and personally, and very difficult to replace. So, if you know someone who sings and plays the crap out of basically anyone, send him or her our way - we might just have a thing or two to discuss."
Johan also added, "I'm leaving the band with both joy and sadness. I need to stay close to my daughter and my child-to-come, they will be my greatest concern along with my wife. I will miss everyone I've met during the years, and the band will continue to have a warm place in my heart. So finally, treat yourself and all that surrounds you with respect, and stay with POS - the greatest band on the planet! Sorry if I disappoint you, I miss you already!"
Sweden's Pain of Salvation recently performed two tracks, "1979" and "Through the Distance" from its forthcoming recording "Road Salt Two," available in North American through InsideOut Music on October 11th.
The band checked in with a statement about the release date as follows:
"For 'Road Salt' we have followed one northern star: be brave in every decision. Part two is as brave, unique and uncompromising as the first one. But don't take it from us, we are as subjective as all reviewers out there. Let the album speak for itself - become subjective you too!"
Swedish act Pain of Salvation is currently streaming the new song "Conditioned" online, which can be heard by heading over to the band's Facebook profile. "Conditioned" is taken from the upcoming release "Road Salt Two."
“Road Salt Two” is set for release on September 26th, 2011 in Europe and on October 11th, 2011 in North America via InsideOutMusic. The track listing is as follows:
1. Road Salt Theme
2. Softly She Cries
4. Healing Now
5. To The Shoreline
8. The Deeper Cut
9. Mortar Grind
10. Through The Distance
11. The Physics Of Gridlock
12. End Credits
Following the release of "Road Salt One" in the year 2010 and the touring activities in its support which climaxed with shows in India and South America earlier this year, Sweden's Pain of Salvation have now revealed the cover artwork and track listing for the "Road Salt Two" album. You can check out both below.
1. Road Salt Theme
2. Softly She Cries
4. Healing Now
5. To The Shoreline
8. The Deeper Cut
9. Mortar Grind
10. Through The Distance
11. The Physics Of Gridlock
12. End Credits
"Road Salt Two" is scheduled for an October 11th, 2011 release date in North America and a September 26th, 2011 release date in Europe via InsideOut Music.
Following the release of "Road Salt One" in the year 2010 (with numerous chart entries, an appearance at the Swedish "Melodifestivalen," as well as highly controversial video clips) not to mention the touring activities in its support which climaxed this year with shows in India, South America, and last month's triumphant appearance at France's Hellfest, Pain of Salvation can now finally reveal that the "Road Salt Two" album is scheduled for an October 11th, 2011 release date in North America via InsideOut Music. The European release date is set for September 26th.
Stay tuned for more information on the release of "Road Salt Two," and in the meantime be sure to check out the video for "Where it Hurts" below.
Currently working on the final details for the "Road Salt Two" release and freshly returned from a successful trip to India, Pain of Salvation is now debuting a video clip for the song "Where It Hurts" (off "Road Salt One"). You can check out the edited version of the video below (the original has already been removed by YouTube).
Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw elaborates about the clip as follows:
"Finally the video for Where it Hurts is officially released! I have longed for this moment for months. With Road Salt I decided from the start to be insanely brave - always going where the music and lyrics would take us and never hesitate or consider the consequences. This approach was very dominant already when we first started taking photos for the album. I found myself in situations I had never expected to find myself in - we dressed in skirts, waded knee-deep in ice cold lakes, lying in freezing and maggot filled swamp water, making out with relatives in front of the camera - the whole three day shoot ending with a huge bonfire where we played acoustic music and burned furniture long into the cold Swedish night. More...
Swedish prog/alternative metal band Pain Of Salvation will be traveling to India on tour in January. The band has confirmed they are going to play at IIM Lucknow on Jan 22nd and IIT Madras’s Saarang Open Air Theatre festival on Jan 29th.
Pain Of Salvation released their latest album, "Road Salt One," in May. They describe their latest work as a mix of metal, pop, funk, disco, blues, goth and folk with Arabian and Oriental influences plus other more or less extreme musical styles into a homogeneous whole.
The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
The Shadow Theory, the new progressive metal project from Deadsoul Tribe's Devon Graves and former Pain Of Salvation bassist Kristoffer Gildenlow, has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming debut album. The album, titled "Behind the Black Veil," is set for release sometime by the end of 2010 through InsideOut Music.
"Behind the Black Veil" tracklisting:
1. I Open Up My Eyes (7:04)
2. The Sound of Flies (4:40)
3. Ghostride (5:32)
4. Welcome (5:02)
5. By the Crossroads (5:35)
6. Selebrate (3:17)
7. Snakeskin (3:48)
8. Sleepwalking (5:17)
9. The Black Cradle (5:15)
10. A Candle in the Gallery (3:57)
11. A Symphony of Shadows (7:55)
Pain Of Salvation and Votum have just confirmed their appearances at this year’s edition of the Metal Hammer Festival in Poland. The bands will play alongside Katatonia, Opeth, Riverside and the headlining act KoRn. One more band is still to be revealed. The event will take place on August 27th, 2010 in Spodek Hall in Katowice, Poland. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.
PAIN OF SALVATION, who is readying their new album, "Road Salt One," for release on May 17th inEurope and June 8th in North America, has posted a new song on their MySpace page. The songs “Linoleum” (previously available online) and “No Way” are available as a prelistening stream on the band’s newly re-designed MySpace page.
After finishing a successful run through North America, PAIN OF SALVATION mastermind DANIEL GILDENLÖW is currently on the road in Europe with TRANSATLANTIC (feat. Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt, Pete Trewavas) as an “additional touring member.”
Here is the tracklisting for Pain of Salvation's "Road Salt One":
1. No Way (5:28)
2. She Likes To Hide (2:57)
3. Sisters (6:15)
4. Of Dust (2:32)
5. Tell Me You Don..'t Know (2:42)
6. Sleeping Under The Stars (3:35)
7. Darkness Of Mine (4:17)
8. Linoleum (4:55)
9. Curiosity (3:33)
10. Where It Hurts (4:51) 11. Road Salt (3:00)
12. Innocence (7:15)
Here's the tracklisting for the Limited Edition: More...
Well known progressive metal and rock label InsideOut recently released a new compilation, "Music In Progress, Vol. II," for free download via Amazon.com (restricted to the U.S. once again, I believe). The download, which also comes with a digital booklet, contains the following tracks:
1. "Set The World On Fire (The Lieof Lies)" by Symphony X (5:55)
2. "Hyperdrive!" by Devin Townsend Project (3:34)
3. "Age Of Shadows (Edit)" by Ayreon (5:39)
4. "Linoleum" by Pain Of Salvation (4:54)
5. "Move" by King's X (4:02)
6. "Walls" by Redemptionx (6:56)
7. "The Escape Artist" by Osi (5:53)
8. "With Honor" by Shadow Gallery (9:58)
9. "Crucify" by James Labrie (6:01)
10. "Hyperactive" by Riverside (5:45)
11. "Ripples" by Aspera (6:33)
12. "Paroxetine 20mg" by The Tangent (7:41)
AOL Radio Blog has a new Pain of Salvation MP3 for free download. The song is "Linoleum" and is off their upcoming album, "Road Salt One," which is due out on June 8th in North America. You can download the mp3 directly here.
Sweden’s Pain of Salvation has announced the release date for their eleventh offering, "Road Salt One." The albums will be out in US stores on June 8, 2010.
Pain of Salvation’s 2009 EP release, "Linoleum" was a preview of the new double album concept. The band supported its release with a string of headlining shows throughout Europe and Russia as well as supporting Dream Theater in Australia.
Pain of Salvation also was featured on Sweden’s “Melodifestivalen” which is a national European song competition. The TV show put the band in the living rooms of millions of European viewers. Although they didn’t win the competition, the exposure helped catapult the digital version of their song “Road Salt” to #12 on the Swedish charts.
Road Salt One not only includes the aforementioned title track, it also includes the previous EP single/title track, "Linoleum." The song "Where It Hurts" is the next to get the music video treatment.
"'Road Salt One' is twelve tracks of sweaty gravel, asphalt butterflies, untrodden paths and brave decisions,” says Pain of Salvation mastermind Daniel Gildenlöw. “It will not beg for your liking, it will not make excuses, it will not carry you safely across the dangerous waters. If you don’t pick up its pace it will leave you stranded at the curb of the road. Yes, 'Road Salt One' might indeed be a harsh lover, but if you have the guts to follow it whole-heartedly and dare to surrender to its voice, it will take you places you need to visit."
Frontman Daniel Gildenlöw will be in the US and Canada touring with the Prog supergroup, Transatlantic, in April. Here are the tour dates: More...
Swedish prog metallers Pain of Salvation have just finished their upcoming studio album, which will be titled "Road Salt Ivory." Vocalist Daniel Gildenlow issued the following statement about the album:
“The first part of ‘Road Salt’ is finished - mixed, mastered and delivered! It is a 12 track album of sweaty grovel, asphalt butterflies, untreaded paths and brave decisions. It will be presented to the world in one standard edition and one limited director's cut, of which we of course recommend the latter one. See, as usual, we refuse to add some stuff haphazardly to put together a limited product - we always see the larger version as the 'real' one; the one that makes us the proudest. The release is scheduled for early summer…”
Pain of Salvation’s video clip for the title track of their current EP release, “Linoleum,” directed by Owe Lingwall of Village Road Film, can also be viewed below. More...
After a long search, progressive metallers Sun Caged have found their new bass player in Daniel Kohn who is also a member of the German Progressive Metal band Vanilla Rex. His first shows with the band will be the two shows as support of the Swedish band Pain Of Salvation in December 2009.
Sun Caged will be supporting the Swedish band Pain Of Salvation during their two day appearance in the Netherlands at December 21st and December 22nd of 2009. Here are the details:
Monday December 21st: Boerderij Zoetermeer
Tuesday December 22nd: Bosuil, Weert
Sun Caged will play these gigs in the middle of finishing their new album, which will be ready somewhere at the end of this year and released somewhere in the spring/summer of 2010.
Guitarist Marcel Coenen has offered up the following information about their new album:
"The band first entered the studio for the third CD in March 2009. We are aiming for a summer 2010 release on Lion Music. The working title for the album is called 'The Lotus Effect.' Some titles of new songs: 'Shades Of Hades,' 'Driftwood,' 'All But Gone,' 'Tip-Toe the Fault Line,' 'On Again / Off Again,' 'Lotus,' 'Seamripper & The Blanket Statement' plus some more to come!
"Expect an album with some new influences, one song has a typically salsa groove throughout the song, an other song has a real blast beat in it, plus we also recorded a really long epic song, divided into seven parts (total length about 24 minutes) which will close The Lotus Effect."