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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Taken from Pain of Salvation website:
For some time now the lyrics (the extended versions) of "BE" have been available here in the Kingdom. Now you will also find the source material (a long list of literature, links and other material), keywords, points of departure etc. You will also find a lengthy interview with Daniel and, for the first time available, the complete Animae narration as originally written for "BE". Check it out!
You could find the complete background material on "BE" entering their website.
As an addition to their new album “Be,“ Pain of Salvation will release a DVD with the same title at the end of the year. It features a stage version of this thematic work which the Swedish have brought to the stage with the support of a orchestra in their home town Eskilstuna in summer 2004. There will also be a few more PoS gigs this year.
Norway's Imhotep 'zine recently asked more than 60 heavy metal and hard rock musicians to answer the following question regarding the current political situation in the world:
What's your opinion on the rising tide of the anti-American sentiment around the world and to what would you attribute this?
Among the musicians that took part in this "survey" were the following: More...
InsideOut set the date for the release of Pain Of Salvation album "BE" on September 27, 2004.
The tracklist is the following:
1. Animae Partus
2. Deus Nova
4. Pluvius Aestivus
5. Lilium Cruentus
7. Dea Pecuniae
8. Vocari Dei
15.Animae Partus II
Ben Jackson and Midnight of Crimson Glory fame have been confirmed as special guests at ProgPower USA V on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18 Earthlink Live in Atlanta. The duo made their last appearance together in June at Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles’ "Six Pack" festival in June, where they performed a rare acoustic set together. Jackson and Midnight will join previously announced special guest Timo Kotipelto (Kotipelto, Stratovarius) and vocalist Rob Rock.
ProgPower USA V will be headlined by current and former members of Savatage, uniting for one night only, along with Edguy, Kamelot, Pain of Salvation, Wuthering Heights, Dreamscape, Adagio, Brainstorm, Tad Morose, and Into Eternity.
The show officially sold out in early May, making it the third consecutive year ProgPower has sold out more than four months in advance.
For more information on the event, go to www.progpowerusa.com.
In Flames, The Haunted, Hypocrisy, Lost Horizon and Nifelheim will join forces for a special benefit show, 200 000 Decibel, at Trägårn in Gothenburg, Sweden on September 2. The objective is to raise 200 000 SEK (approximately $27,000) in order to help the founder of the Swedish festival 2000 Decibel.
For the past five years, Lennart Larsson has organized 2000 Decibel, a festival devoted solely to Swedish hard rock and metal. This year's edition was held on May 21-22 and featured a strong line-up, including The Haunted, Hypocrisy, Notre Dame, Cans, Dark Tranquillity, Vintersorg and Pain Of Salvation. Due to stiff competition and extremely bad weather, fewer people than expected turned up and Lennart Larsson lost 200 000 SEK on the event.
The initiative for 200 000 Decibel came from Swedish rock journalist Martin Carlsson. In a column in the newspaper GT, he urged established metal bands to unite for a benefit show, 200 000 Decibel.
"No one has done as much for Swedish hard rock and metal as Lennart Larsson, he started the first metal fanzine in Sweden, Heavy Metal Massacre, in the early Eighties and was the first Swede to interview Metallica. He was one of the reasons why I became a rock journalist in the first place and he's been a great inspiration to the country's hard rock scene for two decades. The mere fact that Lennart has put on a metal festival dedicated to only Swedish bands in a small town in the middle of nowhere shows just how passionate he is about this kind of music." - said Carlsson.
"This is something that people often talk about — helping other people out — but in the end nothing happens. I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and contacted Edward Janson at the concert agency Motor and local promoter Per Carlsson at PK Musik. Together we’ve put together a bill that is a fine representation of what the Swedish metal scene has to offer. 200 000 Decibel marks In Flames' last performance on home turf this year. Neither Hypocrisy nor Nifelheim have ever performed in Gothenburg. Both The Haunted and Lost Horizon play their hometown for the first time since the return of their original members, vocalist Peter Dolving and guitarist Wojtek Lisicki, respectively. It's fantastic that everyone involved, including the bands, is doing this for free to help out a great guy in need."
"It'd be a real shame if 2000 Decibel went under, because it's one of Sweden's best and nicest festivals," said The Haunted guitarist Patrik Jensen. "Lennart Larsson's interest in and support of Swedish hard rock is unparalleled and therefore if feels great that we can help the festival get back on track again."
Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday July 21 through www.ticnet.se.
According to unconfirmed reports, yesterday's (July 5) first day of Athens Open Air festival in Athens, Greece was a near-disaster, as only four out of the six scheduled bands performed (there was no official word on what happened to DIMMU BORGIR, one of the two acts that failed to play at the event). In addition, there was a three-hour delay and tons of sand and remarkably "poor" stage lights and sound at the festival site (Aloimos beach). The second day of the festival, which was supposed to take place today (with scheduled performers including IN FLAMES, ANTHRAX, CHILDREN OF BODOM, PAIN OF SALVATION, KATATONIA and BATTLEROAR), is unofficially said to have been cancelled. No further information is currently available.
Current and former members of Savatage will unite for one night only to headline ProgPower V this September in Atlanta.
The festival, which will be held September 17 and 18 at Earthlink Live, will feature Jon Oliva, Zak Stevens, Chris Caffery, and Steve "Dr. Kill Drums" Wacholz performing a set from Savatage's entire discography in an exclusive performance. In addition to the full set, fans can expect a sneak preview of Jon Oliva's "Tage Mahal."
"I'm really excited about this show," said Stevens. "The last time I did a full show with these guys was at the PopComm Festival in Germany 1999. I've been waiting for the right time for us to get together. That time has come and where better than the ProgPower festival?" More...
Seven more bands have been confirmed for the fifth edition of the 2000 Decibel-festival, which will be held the 21 st and 22 nd May next year in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). The bands are Astral Doors, Count Raven, Draconian, Pain Of Salvation, Persuader, Tad Morose and Vintersorg. Already confirmed are Ablaze My Sorrow, Arise, Morifade, Notre Dame and Wolf.
What makes 2000 Decibel special is the fact that it is the only festival that is totally dedicated to Swedish Hard Rock and Metal. If you visit the festival you will get the chance to see some of the best bands that Sweden has to offer. Thirty-five bands will play on three stages.