“Pain Of Salvation”

Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive rock/metal band led by Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the band’s main songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, and vocalist. Pain of Salvation’s sound is characterised by riff-oriented guitar work, a broad vocal range, oscillation between heavy and calm passages, syncopation, and polyrhythms. Thus far, every album released by the band has been a concept album. Lyrically, the band tends to address contemporary issues, such as sexuality, war, and the nature of God, humanity, and existence.
The album Remedy Lane (2002) contains 2 tracks (“Second Love” and the Japanese bonus “Thorn Clown”) which were written by Gildenlöw circa 1987/1988, when he was only 14 years old.

Pain of Salvation – “Remedy Lane”

According to a 1999 interview the name “Pain of Salvation” has the meaning of balance. Taking the good with the bad. It is also a good expression to indicate a slight setback on an otherwise painless journey towards your goal. The idea is that of wandering exhausted in the middle of a desert… Sitting down will take away your pain, but it will kill you. The walk for water will hurt, but it may save your life.

Pain of Salvation – Cribcaged (Ending Themes live DVD at Paradiso)

Gildenlöw formed the band “Reality” in 1984 at age 11(!). The name “Reality” was later changed to “Pain Of Salvation” in 1991.
Christy Lee

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