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Pain Of Salvation

Formed: 1991
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.


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 Cancels Tonight's Show

Pain of Salvation is currently out on the road with Imminent Sonic Destruction, and the band has now announced tonight's show is cancelled due to health issues with band member Daniel Gildenlow. Pain of Salvation comments:

"Due to Daniel's deteriorating condition we regret to inform our Quebec City fans that tonight's concert has been cancelled. Daniel is very sorry to make this difficult decision.

"This is the first cancellation in Pain of Salvation's history. At this time the Montreal show is unaffected. Again our deepest apologies to our understanding fans in Quebec City."

Remaining dates on the tour are:

May 8th--Montreal, QB @ Foufounes Electriques
May 9th--Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
May 10th--Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
May 11th--Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4

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Pain Of Salvation Returning To North America

After several years of waiting, Pain of Salvation is finally returning to North America. Check the dates below to see when the band will be coming to a city near you:

w/ Kingcrow, Imminent Sonic Destruction
May 1st--West Springfield, VA @ Empire
May 2nd--White Marsh, MD @ House of Rock
May 4th--Gettysburg, PA @ Rosfest **PAIN OF SALVATION only**
May 5th--New York, NY @ The Marlin Room at Webster Hall
May 7th--Quebec City, QB @ Le Cercle
May 8th--Montreal, QB @ Foufounes Electriques
May 9th--Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
May 10th--Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
May 11th--Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4

This tour will coincide with the band's upcoming album release via InsideOut Music, which features newly recorded acoustic versions of classic Pain of Salvation songs. More details about this special album project will be announced soon, so stay tuned.

Pain of Salvation's latest album, "Road Salt Two," entered the official national charts in the following European countries upon its release in Fall 2011: Sweden #24, The Netherlands #82, Finland #31, and Norway #51 in its second week (first week was at #94).

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Imminent Sonic Destruction Announces Tour Dates

American progressive metallers Imminent Sonic Destruction are pleased to announce that they will be embarking on a North American tour this May supporting Sweden's Pain of Salvation.

ISD will play a show in Atlanta, GA on April 28th before hitting the road with Pain of Salvation May 1st in West Springfield, VA. The dates are currently scheduled to run through May 11th in Minneapolis, MN. Additional dates are expected to be announced shortly.

Frontman Tony Piccoli commented on the upcoming tour: "This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us, and we're looking forward to making a lot of new friends and fans!" More...

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Pain Of Salvation Announces Acoustic Tour

Pain of Salvation has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming acoustic shows in Europe:

"Announcing European acoustic tour, next release, and Russian shows! Kicking off activities in 2013, Pain of Salvation are ready to embark on more worldwide touring.

"The upcoming European tour in April will be exclusively acoustic based and Pain of Salvation will be joined for the 3 weeks of dates by Dutch singer/songwriter Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex The Gathering) and Árstíðir from Iceland, making this a remarkably interesting package.

"The tour is to coincide with Pain of Salvation’s upcoming album release via InsideOutMusic, featuring newly recorded acoustic versions of hand picked Pain of Salvation songs. More details about this special album project will be made public soon. These are all the dates of the European tour: More...

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Pain Of Salvation Reveals New Guitarist

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!"

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Pain Of Salvation Announces Keyboard Player

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."

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Pain Of Salvation Video Interview Available

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.

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InsideOut Music Offering Free Sampler

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...

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Pain Of Salvation Splits With Johan Hallgren

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!"

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Pain Of Salvation Appears On Swedish TV

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!"

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Pain Of Salvation Streaming New Song "Conditioned"

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
3. Conditioned
4. Healing Now
5. To The Shoreline
6. Eleven
7. 1979
8. The Deeper Cut
9. Mortar Grind
10. Through The Distance
11. The Physics Of Gridlock
12. End Credits

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Pain Of Salvation Reveals "Road Salt Two" Details

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
3. Conditioned
4. Healing Now
5. To The Shoreline
6. Eleven
7. 1979
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.

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Pain Of Salvation Reveals "Road Salt Two" Release

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.

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Pain Of Salvation Posts "Where It Hurts" Video

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...

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Pain Of Salvation Announces Indian Shows

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.

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Ozzy And The Scorpions Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

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...

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The Shadow Theory Reveals Debut Album Tracklisting

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)

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Pain Of Salvation Added To Metal Hammer Lineup

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.

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Pain Of Salvation Posts New Song Online

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...

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InsideOut Releases Compilation for Free Download

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)

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