Pain of Salvation - The Perfect Element
InsideOut Music
Neo Prog Metal
12 songs (56'35)
Release year: 2000
Pain of Salvation, InsideOut Music
Reviewed by Danny

I don't know those guys and as I haven't receive any explanation with the promo disk... The first song Used is quite "weird" : imagine a "prog" song, hard drumming, quiet and aggressive voice, symphonic piano and keyboard parts, typical prog "break" compacted in a single song. Welcome the headache!

Pain Of Salvation is playing a kind of neo prog metal, mixing quiet moments with more "aggressive" parts, a kind of Pink Floyd meets Dream Theater. Overall : your soul will fly as the "prog parts" leads in this Perfect Element. These guys are not following trend or fashion, but I think that the mixing of different atmospheres is not always a success and songs are so "tortuous" that the listener is .... quite lost. They know to play music for sure and they write some good songs, but I prefer melodies instead of this "instrumental" demonstration.

Their music is prog oriented with keyboard playing a supportive role and adding a special atmosphere to their songs. Guitars are sometimes heavy and sometimes totally flying (70's). The production of the album is really good, crystal clear and the singer is the big winner here. The few indifferent moments of the album are not enough to spoil the overall feelings. A promising second album (didn't listen their first work so far) in a genre that is totally new for me. Next time if they do it the "light way", something very interesting could take place.

Killing Songs :
Danny quoted 75 / 100
Other albums by Pain of Salvation that we have reviewed:
Pain of Salvation - Panther reviewed by Goat and quoted 80 / 100
Pain of Salvation - In the Passing Light of Day reviewed by Goat and quoted 88 / 100
Pain of Salvation - Road Salt Two reviewed by Goat and quoted 84 / 100
Pain of Salvation - Road Salt One reviewed by Goat and quoted 82 / 100
Pain of Salvation - One Hour by the Concrete Lake reviewed by Thomas and quoted 95 / 100
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