“If you stand along the shore of this lake, for one hour, you’ll find death”. This lake in question, located in Russia, had a concrete n loaded on top of it to seal it of its tons of radioactive wastes that are laying in it. This introduces us to the “wonderful” world of Daniel Gildenlöw and co., from this outstanding, distinctive band, PAIN OF SALVATION.
Second album of the band, the concept behind it tells us about wars, destruction of our natural environment, disrespect of our First Nations, etc. happy isn’t it? While “Entropia”, the first PAIN OF SALVATION album, was about the ravages of war, Daniel Gildenlöw, singer/guitarist and mastermind behind the band, continue to exploit subjects that matter to him and trust me, no dragon slaying and princess saving here. This concept is the perfect set-up for the highly emotional music delivered here by PAIN OF SALVATION.
Lets put it that way: the first time I heard Daniel Gildenlöw’s vocals I was in shock. How could it be humanely possible for a person to sing like this? From deep growls to high pitched screams, with a extensive range of tones and feelings between the two, Gildenlöw is simply one of the most, if not, the most, versatile singer in the Metal world right now.
For me, PAIN OF SALVATION is the new hope of Progressive Metal. While nearly each new Prog Metal band try to release their own “Images And Words Part XXVIII”, PAIN OF SALVATION is writing history with each new album they release. “One Hour By The Concrete Lake”, second of already four studio releases, is by far the most heavy and fast work of PAIN OF SALVATION. Still, they manage to induce in their music enough passion and melodies in the softer parts, to make this album a true emotional journey through human feelings. The song “Handful Of Nothing”, compared to “Water”, would be a perfect example.
If you are ready to go to the next level of Progressive Metal, PAIN OF SALVATION is the perfect band for you. (Online February 15, 2004)