Ever the sonic tinkerer, Gildenlöw has dived down a defiantly peculiar and disorientating rabbit hole here, imbuing PAIN OF SALVATION's usually grand and … album: "Remedy Lane" (2002) Of Two Beginnings. From the tragic miscarriage of "A Trace of Blood" to the scarred untouchable love in "Ending Theme", everybody becomes removed from the protagonist in some way. To flip over to the scarred side of the coin (like Two Face! This album is the exact opposite of one one dimensional music, it just varies so much without strain itself even a bit, it's just real emotive album. Stand-Outs: "Chain Sling", "Beyond the Pale", "Ending Theme". After you've listen to a few different albums (I'd reccomend Perfect Element after Remedy Lane), definitely check out their acoustic album 12:5. All lyrics by Daniel Gildenlöw. Remedy Lane is the fourth full length album from Swedish progressive group, Pain Of Salvation. However, the Official Pain of Salvation Website shows the song as inserted between "Dryad of the Woods" and "Remedy Lane". Instead we get a sort of synth-y overture 2/3 of the way through the album. Gildenlow is a prime example. It's becomes a bit cheesy at times with it's lyrics, but overall the lyrics are very deep written and connects perfectly with the music, helps to deliver the emotions behind it easily. Pretty simple song for this type of album, but very intense and flowing just great. As always (except their debut album) 'Remedy Lane' is a concept album. Highlights of the CD include the rollicking piano in the chorus of Fandango, the relentless groove of Trace of Blood, the poignant brevity and lyrics of This Heart of Mine(I Pledge), the soaring chorus of Rope Ends, the Arabianesque ditty Chain Sling, and the haunting closer Beyond the Pale. It makes sense though, because the events of Remedy Lane are anything but epic. You'll find something on here that speaks to you. There are actually a few prog metal break downs the recall a darker Scenes from a Memory, but it actually feels a little out of place when a key/guitar run occurs in the middle of "Rope Ends". Maybe the later albums don’t show it but there is no doubt that underrated axeman Johan Hallgren does play a vital part in making the music as insanely good as it is and is not merely a ‘filler’ guitarist just being there while Daniel shows off his chops. Listen free to Pain of Salvation – Remedy Lane (Of Two Beginnings, Ending Theme and more). "ALL HIS (life) HE WAS (just) WISHING Speaking of lyrics, this is a concept album like every other Pain of Salvation release and revolves around themes of regret and remembering one's past. UNFORGOTTEN sexuality OUT! " (to) BE TOUCHED (but) TOO SCARED (of) Genres: Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock, Acoustic Rock. It was described by Allmusic as Pain of Salvation's breakthrough album. The fragile introduction to “Remedy Lane”, “Of Two Beginnings” introduces us to the dysfunction, sorrow, and titillation of what becomes a rather fractured story. This, Thorn Clown, and Rope Ends are probably my favorite on the disk but as a whole this disk is pretty cool.... From a straight up emotional connection stand-point, this is one of the best records ever made. That doesn't mean it's always fun to listen to, but it certainly has its moments. Another marvelous song is 'Dryad Of The Woods'. It's confusing and it sucks. It has a main riff that repeats it self quite much that feels very uncomfortable and crude, most of the song built on that riff as the vocals, guitar and keyboards follows it in all the verses. There is a lot of confusion in the song, a lot of questions and open tails, it's about someone who's looking for answers, who's prepare for a meeting, a lot of stress and confusion. 'A Trace Of Blood' is an amazingly breathtaking song. It's not an album for easy listening of course, it's a pretty complex one with it's Though I don't consider 'Remedy Lane' as the best effort of this band, nor an excellent album, this is a real great album and it has some real brilliant moments within that takes some time to comprehend. It continues with sweeping vocals, sometimes delivered with double layered vocals which increases more emotion to the song. However, there's gotta be a reason for me to like this thing besides the lyrics, and if nothing else Remedy Lane features one of my all-time favourite songs, "Chain Sling". Very little of this is really metal though to be quite blunt about it. Remedy Lane is Daniel Gildenlöw's semi-autobiographical meditation on love, lust, and life. After listening to the album it is more than evident that the album’s title fits perfectly as Daniel the protagonist quite literally takes a walk down remedy lane to heal and soothe his past wounds. There are so many different emotions here that are driven by the vocals and sounds so real and natural. The lyrics are occasionally a little more verbose than they need to be, but in general there is a real gift for memorable phrases (often repeated throughout the story) and getting across emotions like pain, sorrow, and uhhh... pain. Another minor irritant is the repeated use of the phrase 'remedy lane', leading one to imagine some sort of unifying title track to climax the story. In conclusion, Remedy Lane is a worthy successor to The Perfect Element Part I. At times it is so emotional and heartfelt that you may even be moved to tears but at the same time unable to move away from this record because of how rapturous it is. 3) Amazing vocals and technical instrumental work Remedy Lane is a chronicle of events in the life of Daniel Gildenlow, and as such his emotion and lyrical genius shines through in every song (save perhaps "Second Love"). [citation needed] Gildenlöw has said that the inspiration for Remedy Lane was an era of his life in which he wished to understand the nature of freedom. Cons: Pain of Salvation has evolved from a Dream Theater-inspired, technical metal band into a stylized, syncopated fusion powerhouse. Imagine the capitalized bits being barked in a terrible harsh vocal while another guy in a high yelp says the lower case words in some sort of counter time combination. 'Fandango' is kinda clumsy, especially when you compare it to the rest of the album. "Rope Ends", with it's schizoid unconventional riff is the only song that rocks from end to end, and it is written in such a way that it could just easily be called prog rock. Remedy Lane is the fourth album by Swedish progressive rock band Pain of Salvation, released in January 2002. But once I started I just couldn’t stop listening to them nor believe that I had overlooked a band this amazingly good for so long. It soon proved itself to be a masterpiece and has remained one of … My advice, get this album. Oh well, such is life. ), the man displaying an almost hyper-sexual need to be around females and more worrying, for being around females who are shrouded in disaster. However, this album unlike their previous ones doesn’t have a central theme rather focusing on Daniel’s own conflicts and personal struggles during his childhood. Pain of Salvation is uniquely their own: a big serving of enigmatic metal, a dash or two of progressive rock, all on top of emotionally powerful lyrics. In any case the lyrics should make that point clear enough. Pros: Overview ↓ Biography ↓ Discography ↓ Songs ↓ Credits ↓ Related ↓ It's not an album for easy listening of course, it's a pretty complex one with it's wide variety of emotions and approaches, you can't judge it by several listenings. 1, did just that to me in 2010. This is a doomy melancholic record full of gorgeous sorrowful melodies married with absolutely stellar songwriting that most prog bands out there would kill to have. The pain, the sorrow, the blood on the porcelain sink; it’s all brought forward and into the light. You can feel the emotion and pain oozing out of every note that he hits. Koncepcióalbum, középpontjában egy önmagát kereső férfi áll. One Hour by the Concrete Lake (1999) Pain Of Salvation’s sophomore effort One Hour By The Concrete Lake is an often overlooked record when compared to the rest of the band’s discography. Daniel does seem to get around, because this album recounts an astounding number of tragedies involving women starting from the age of 10 (! It isn't a perfect album but this is a great album with some unbelievable parts which will excite you and sweep you, you'll probably won't forget this album for a very long period. Pain of Salvation is one of Sweden's reigning progressive bands and after listening to this CD I can see where they get this merit. I've listened to this album maybe ten times (more might cause clinical depression) but I've listened to "Chain Sling" maybe 100 times. In other words, Boris would hate this record. It doesn’t have the lyrical depth of Remedy Lane.It doesn’t have the genre defining feel of The Perfect Element.It doesn’t have the ‘70s aspect of … 4) Powerful lyrics Chapter Two: tracks seven through ten. Well, my internet review anyway. Pain of Salvation: Remedy Lane. It's breathtaking that they can perform at such a level live, acoustically. I'm pretty sure that if I ever get married, I'll be using the chorus of "This Heart of Mine" as part of my wedding vows and "Undertow" sounds like it'd be an interesting song to play at one's funeral. I mean with lyrics like “Ending theme, Ending theme, Ripping at the seams for an opening (To be honest, I don't know what I'm looking for)” and “And I have always tried to calm things down, swallow down, swallow down, It's just another small thorn in my crown, But suddenly one day there was just too much blood in my eyes, and I had to take this walk down remedy lane of when's and why’s...” if that fact is still not evident then you should probably get your ears checked. Only when you get to the point wheneverything is integrated in your mind you can fully appreciate this album, and of course, enjoy it greatly. I think "Be" is a bit too intense for a first listen. I of a few years ago. ), there are some... odd writing choices musically. [citation needed]. It's really one of the best acoustic songs ever written in my book. I have to say that compared to the other prog bands (namely Symphony X, Dream Theater, Opeth, Fates Warning and the like) I got into these maestros rather late. They have a sound that I like to describe as being like a cross between Dream Theater and Faith No More with a little Nevermore thrown in for good measure. In short, with Remedy Lane Re: visited (Re: mix) Pain of Salvation and mixer Jens Bogren have created a masterpiece of a masterpiece. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in hearing some strange, complex, and emotionally powerful music. Sweden's Pain of Salvation had been flirting with a breakthrough sound on each of its previous releases and finally achieved it on Remedy Lane.The true definition of the term progressive is often debated in musical circles and a solid case can be made that too many "prog" bands have relied on a proven formula rather than musical exploration and boundary pushing. Standout tracks: All but anyway “Ending Theme”, “Trace Of Blood”, “This Heart Of Mine”, “Dryad Of The Woods” “Waking Every God” and “Beyond The Pale”. From there, Pain of Salvation only grew bigger and more popular on the international stage. 2) May be too complex for some listeners 'Of Two Beginnings' comes in slowly with soft vocals and some pleasant keyboards at the background, then it becomes ravenous and gains distortion and heat. Beautiful Spanish style acoustic guitars, ridiculously catchy chorus, and a handful of brilliant vocal performances. The concept of this CD is based on severe emotional problems affecting Gildenlow and his wife during the summer of 2001. Genres: Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock, Acoustic Rock. It should also be noted that there is plenty of extra poetry in the liners that is quite a bit of fun to muddle through and try to figure out what the hell is going on with the story. It begins with keyboards playing the chorus theme and then the guitar comes with quite solid solo. Not as shockingly brilliant, but it contains enough gems to really sit back and enjoy yourself for an hour. Probably the best vocalist most of you have never even heard of. Remedy Lane certainly operates on a number of levels, and presents a story that is worlds better than say, Scenes From a Memory. There are no hard hitting riffs (well, just a few) or overwhelming virtuosic guitar displays either. 1) Complex but still memorable songwriting A Trace Of Blood. Pure metal fans might scoff at the previous sentence but such is the power and beauty of music. (be) UNTOUCHED Pain of Salvation’s Daniel Gildenlöw commented as follows about the re-mix project: “Jens Bogren approached us a few years after the release of “Remedy Lane”, saying he was a fan of the band and kindly offered his services. My first Pain of Salvation album, and it showed me how great the band was, and is still great until today. Pain Of Salvation Lyrics. Don't ignore it because it is one of the best prog album from our current decade. 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The 2-CD set includes a new mix of the record by longtime Pain of Salvation collaborator and mixing engineer Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, as well as a live recording of the entire album from Pain of Salvation's performance at the ProgPower USA Festival in 2014. I will say that I don't love this record, don't take it as dogma as some quite level-headed metalheads I know do. Of Course, the music itself is a expertly distilled concoction of a hard rock template with an array of sounds and nuances from across the musical spectrum. All music by Daniel Gildenlöw, except instrumental part of "Rope Ends" by Daniel Gildenlöw and Fredrik Hermansson. All in all, it still has some weak tracks, though not many and they aren't necessarily bad tracks, maybe just lower than the high standard of the band. Along with bands like Dream Theater and Symphony X, Pain of Salvation continues to help drive the progressive metal movement with releases that are thought provoking and filled with great songwriting and superior musical achievements. Ending Theme. This particular album is often seen as being the band's best and has become one of my personal favorites after it was recommended to me by an old college buddy. Pain of Salvation discography and songs: Music profile for Pain of Salvation, formed 1984. While the story is one that is hard to get around at times, the topics of each song are capable of effectively speaking to the listener on their own terms. I’m truly ashamed to admit that this band till today is still not spoken in the same breath as any of the top-notch prog bands out there in today’s scene. [citation needed] While its mood is dark, there are some moments of happiness. Albums include Remedy Lane, The Perfect Element I, and Be. Read Full Biography. 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