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 – Falling Home
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.