Pain Of Salvation - Guitarist Asked To Leave, Johan Hallgren Returns


Shortly after finishing the European tour promoting their new opus, In The Passing Light Of Day, Pain Of Salvation lost one of their members, as Ragnar Sólberg decided to leave the band. The guitarist posted a long statement explaining that personal misunderstandings with the band's leader, Daniel Gildenlöw, were impossible to handle, and he was asked to leave the band.

Ragnar Sólberg said: "As it turned out, everybody worked on the album as a team, but as soon as our album was finished last year, the band leader started acting in a very similar manner as what we have been seeing of the band Ghost recently. It was clear that this was not 'our' album anymore, but his. I got payed a small amount of 1000 euros for my work for those 2 years, that did not even cover my travel expenses," reads the statement.

"I have spoken my mind about all of this while still doing what I could to keep a professional relation towards everything, after all it is also my music that we have been playing and I have wanted everything to go as smoothly as possible despite the unjust treatment I have faced. Instead of making amends, offering better salary or even giving credit where it's due I was instead asked by Daniel to leave the band yesterday."

The full statement can be read here.




Daniel Gildenlöw released a response and announced that former member Johan Hallgren is going to step in and replace Sólberg.

"After a few years of working together with Ragnar, I feel that we have come to a point where it is necessary to part ways. It feels very sad, because we are losing a great vocalist and stage personality in Ragnar. It felt great writing the new album together with him, and I am very thankful for that time. We all are. But with time it has become clear that his true place is not in this band. Musically, it has worked very well, but there are so many other variables that need to click in order to make a band strong and stable."

"All scheduled shows will happen as planned. How? Well, we are happy to announce that, starting today, Johan Hallgren will be returning to the band as a full member again, and we will go full throttle ahead through this. We are very happy about seeing him back onboard, and we are sure you will accept him back with open arms, as will we."

Johan Hallgren added: "Already when I quit the band, I felt that I really wanted to come back. This feels fun as hell, and I will go into this with full force - hook, line and sinker. I have promised myself to supersede everyone's expectations of my return. This is something I know well, and I am damn good at it. And more than that, I have really missed them all - it's a wonderful gang!"

Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Pain Of Salvation
 
Posted: 02.05.2017 by robpal


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02.05.2017 - 14:17
FYA
Destroyer
Whoa
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02.05.2017 - 15:16
MetalManic
THIS changes everything with this band's current sound. Damn. Ragnar's vocal contributions are a very bright spot on their recent release. Damn.
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02.05.2017 - 15:30
BlankFile
Not really a surprise for me.
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02.05.2017 - 15:51
zikon
Riparoonies
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02.05.2017 - 17:28
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Good and bad news at the same time. I loved Ragnar's input on PoS, his voice is really unique... but Johan is Johan!
Ragnar has more of a frontman profile, so this was kinda expected. I hope he continues with his own projects.
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02.05.2017 - 20:06
Philly_Boy
I'm glad I had the chance to see PoS with Ragnar for "The passing light of day" tour !
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02.05.2017 - 20:15
BloodTears
ANA-thema
I agree that this has some positives as well as negatives. I love Johan Hallgren, so I'm glad he's back but if Ragnar really wrote the new album with Daniel as he said he did, then he really added something great to the band. I also like his voice.

I mean, it must be Daniel. Members never stay long in this band, even his own brother
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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02.05.2017 - 20:18
qlacs
"The Quaker"
Oh boy, this s*cks.
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03.05.2017 - 00:21
DrM
DreaMutilated
Sucks indeed.
"Meaningless" - one of my favorite tracks of this album - is practically a cover of a song he wrote for his own band (Sign).
Saying he added a positive input to the band is a severe understatement.
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03.05.2017 - 00:24
Josantyago
Nothing out of ordinary a line-up change
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03.05.2017 - 01:19
Liquid
As long as the friction comes from Daniel being a creative dictator, I don't care. It's a problem if he's a money grubbing asshole, though.
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03.05.2017 - 05:42
Nicko's Nose
Written by DrM on 03.05.2017 at 00:21

Sucks indeed.
"Meaningless" - one of my favorite tracks of this album - is practically a cover of a song he wrote for his own band (Sign).
Saying he added a positive input to the band is a severe understatement.


The "I lost the way" part in On a Tuesday was also taken from a Ragnar song:
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03.05.2017 - 10:29
andreosokin
SOUNDERY
Written by BloodTears on 02.05.2017 at 20:15

I mean, it must be Daniel. Members never stay long in this band, even his own brother


Most likely. But realizing your own vision in a band has its costs. If Ragnar hadn't been a leader by nature, he wouldn't have hesitated to stay.

Written by Liquid on 03.05.2017 at 01:19

As long as the friction comes from Daniel being a creative dictator, I don't care. It's a problem if he's a money grubbing asshole, though.


I just think that PoS doesn't make enough money for everyone to make a good living. Daniel gets most of it since he's the main songwriter, producer and manager, so no wonder.
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06.05.2017 - 21:43
ylside
Quite the surprise... great news !
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07.05.2017 - 13:13
Morbidron
You can tell that Daniel's a prick by how hard his music sucks...
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16.05.2017 - 06:43
Amy
This is bittersweet. I'm happy Johan is back even though Ragnar was a great addition to PoS. I felt like having two strong creative forces like Daniel and Ragnar were bound to clash. I'm sure Ragnar will still continue to make music with Sign or his solo project, so I guess I'm happy that there's more music to go around.
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26.05.2017 - 10:03
Flyingbroom
It's a shame to see Ragnar leaving.
But yeah, you can tell from their videos how self-centered Daniel is. It has to be hard, working with someone like that.
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