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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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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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New Pain Of Salvation MP3 for Free Download

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.

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Pain of Salvation Sets New Album Release Date

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...

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Pain Of Salvation Finishes Recording New Album

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...

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Sun Caged Announces New Bassist and Shows

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."

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Disillusion Announces Greek Tour Dates

German metallers Disillusion have announced they will be playing two upcoming shows in Greece alongside Pain of Salvation, Lake of Tears, Aqua De Annique, and Scar of the Sun. The details are as follows:

1/23/2010 - Athens - Gagarin 205
1/24/2010 - Thessaloniki - Principal Club Theater

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Pain Of Salvation Drops Off Progressive Nation

Dream Theater has issued the following announcement about Pain of Salvation and Beardfish dropping off this year's Progressive Nation tour:

"It is with the utmost disappointment that I am forced to share the unfortunate news of both Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish having to pull out of this summer's Progressive Nation tour....

"Their label Inside Out just recently lost the financial funding for the tour as a result of their distributor SPV recently claiming bankruptcy...which effectively meant that both Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish lost the tour support that was essential to their ability to come to North America for Progressive Nation. More...

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Progressive Nation 2009 Tour Lineup Announced

New York progressive metal veterans DREAM THEATER will take their PROGRESSIVE NATION tour back on the road for its second incarnation with a run through America and Canada in July/Aug 2009.

In addition to a headlining set by DREAM THEATER, this year's package will feature the ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA as well PAIN OF SALVATION and BEARDFISH.

PROGRESSIVE NATION was created by DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy and its inaugural run in 2008 also featured OPETH, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and THREE. More...

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Pain Of Salvation Lifts Embargo On U.S.

Pain Of Salvation has issued the following statement:

"We congratulate the people of USA on the Inauguration of their new President. We have waited for this day a long time, as have most of the world. Obama continually strikes us as the bravest and most promising US president that modern times have seen, and we nod our heads in agreement and respect for some of the things he expressed in his speech. Thus, with Barack Obama, in that very speech, offering an open hand to those willing to unclench their fists, Pain of Salvation will be first in line to offer our unclenching.

"To be honest, I (Daniel) see nothing but relentless hard work and perils for him walking down this road. But I see no one more brave or better fit to try. I put my fate in the warm and intelligent eyes of this man, and hope to see his spirit unbroken by the heavy machinery that is modern US politics. If he can’t, then I don’t see who would. I count on you Obama, to do right by the world.

"We are still in awe of the Democrats’ boldness of having one woman and one black man as their candidates, and of the people of America for electing Obama; A president who advocates global relations and communications before war, solar and wind power before oil, public rights before corporative rights, freedom before security - and who promises to shut down the Guantanamo base within a year. A man who has the guts to demand political transparency of the US government. More...

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Archer Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.

The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.

Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.

Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...

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Pain Of Salvation's Frontman Checks In

Vocalist Daniel Gildenlöw of Sweden's PAIN OF SALVATION has issued the following update:

"We are putting together a nice DVD for you, with some nice bonus material for those who crave it. Problem right now is we haven't decided on the title yet, but we have a bunch of good ones to choose from. 'Sub Par', 'Briefly Described', 'Insert Random Word-Joke Containing the Word 'LIVE', 'Not A Concept' and 'Want Your Name Here?' are just a few of them. We'll see what comes down when we have shaken it long enough."

"Most of you know that Léo Margarit from France is the new drummer of the band. We are rehearsing new material now and learning to know each other musically as well as personally — and he is also in the process of moving to Sweden." More...

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Pain Of Salvation Drummer Quits To Focus On Family

Sweden's PAIN OF SALVATION has issued the following update:

"We are sad to announce that Johan Langell [drums] has decided to leave the band, to focus on family. This is not a sudden decision, but something that has been pending for several years. As the band now rapidly continues to grow for each year, the time and commitment needed for being in studio and on tours increase. Not really wanting this, Johan chose to include the whole band in his doubts regarding this directly from the start, and now when the time has finally come.

"The search for a new drummer has started, but Johan will stay for the remaining gigs this year, and has also offered to help teach any new drummer his or her parts. 'Whoever the new drummer will be, I want us to have a relaxed relation,' he concludes. More...

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Axamenta Issue Update

Belgian progressive dark metal combo AXAMENTA recently issued the following update:

"Great news everybody: Our "Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture" album is licensed in Japan. The release date is set for Novermber 22nd through Soundholic Co Ltd."

AXAMENTA’s latest album, "Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture", was released through Shiver Records in May, 2006 and features guest vocals by PAIN OF SALVATION’s Daniel Gildenlöw on ‘Threnody For An Endling’. The album was recorded at Hansen Studio in Hvding, Denmark by Jacob Hansen, mixed at Studio Fredman in Göteborg, Sweden by Fredrik Nordström and Patrick Jerksten and mastered at The Mastering Room in Göteborg, Sweden by Göran Finnberg in June/July/August, 2005.

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Pain of Salvation Posts Band Update

PAIN OF SALVATION frontman Daniel Gildenlöw has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"As some of you might have heard or read already, I am all busy writing music and lyrics. I am completely wound up from all the ideas and different angles and approaches running though me and/or presenting themselves to me at the moment, and I can't wait to share it all with our fans.

"We have finally come to the point where we have regular rehearsals every week. For so long we have been playing with in-ear monitor systems and I have been so happy about that and did not miss amplifiers a bit. Now, when presenting new music to the rest of the band, I felt it would probably be wiser to have amplifiers and a PA again, to hear the sounds more separated and true in all frequencies. And you know what, when I cranked that amp up and felt the lower frequencies pound and work on my chest, I found myself with a big stupid smile on my face. It was like, after driving a Honda Civic for two years, stepping into a Mustang Shelby and rev the engine. That raw power just sends you off on a little trip, all reason aside. That first day of rehearsals, I promise you, there was not one single band in Sweden that were louder than us. And man, we rocked. More...

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Pain of Salvation Singer To Guest On Axamenta CD

PAIN OF SALVATION singer Daniel Gildenlöw will be featured as a guest vocalist on one track on the upcoming AXAMENTA album, entitled "Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture". "Daniel will do the vocals on one entire song, for which he has written the melody and vocal pattern himself," according to a posting on AXAMENTA's web site.

The former band of current EPICA bassist Yves Huts, AXAMENTA are recording new album at Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (MERCENARY, RAUNCHY, ABORTED). Mixing and mastering will take place at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden under the supervision of producer Fredrik Nordström, who has previously worked with bands like IN FLAMES, SOILWORK, DIMMU BORGIR, THE HAUNTED and OLD MAN'S CHILD. A September/October release via Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records) is expected.

AXAMENTA began their career by playing doom, fantasy and even death metal, but after a lot of lineup changes, they decided to make a radical shift in their musical style and began experimenting with a more technical and progressive approach. Their love for movie scores also made them replace the keyboards by orchestra samples, which gives them a unique sound in the Belgian metal scene.

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Mustaine Considers New Additions To Gigantour

Lead shredder and singer Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is considering several new additions for an upcoming North American tour; including Diecast, Dry Kill Logic, Otep, Overkill, Pain of Salvation, Taproot, and Symphony X.

Megadeth's "Gigantour" is set to begin in late July with Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Dillinger Escape Plan will join the tour late, according to Mustaine's forum announcement, and the slot is as-of-yet still open. "There are still many more bands to review, and now I am waiting for their music to be sent."

The band also reports a possible Australia visit. Mustaine said, "It may not be with any of the current line-up of other bands, but at least we are starting the preliminary footwork."

A website for the tour -- named after a 1960's cartoon "Gigantor" -- will be launched next month. This six-week trek will likely be the band's final tour under the Megadeth name.

The thrash metal band were founded in 1983 by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine.

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