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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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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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Pain Of Salvation "BE" Background Material Online

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.

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Pain Of Salvation To Release DVD

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.

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Musicians Speak Out On Anti-American Sentiment

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...

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Pain Of Salvation Set Release Date & Tracklisting

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
3. Imago
4. Pluvius Aestivus
5. Lilium Cruentus
6. Nauticus
7. Dea Pecuniae
8. Vocari Dei
9. Diffidentia
10.Nihil Morari
11.Latertius Valette
13.Iter Impius
14.Matius/Nauticus II
15.Animae Partus II

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Crimson Glory Members Guest At ProgPower USA V

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.

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In Flames And The Haunted To Headline Benefit Show

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.

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Athens Open Air Festival A Disaster?

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.

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Savatage Unites To Headline ProgPower V

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...

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