Rating:
9.0
Pain Of Salvation - Remedy Lane
15 January 2002


01. Of Two Beginnings
02. Ending Theme
03. Fandango
04. A Trace Of Blood
05. This Heart Of Mine
06. Undertow
07. Rope Ends
08. Chain Sling
09. Dryad Of The Woods
10. Thorn Clown [Japanese bonus]
11. Remedy Lane
12. Waking Every God
13. Second Love
14. Beyond The Pale


2002's "Remedy Lane" was my first encounter with Pain Of Salvation's music and although I heard that the band had an excellent reputation, the only thing I knew about the combo was its name. The truth is that I wasn't prepare for something as beautiful as "Remedy Lane". I'm no stranger to progressive metal, one of my favorite bands being Dream Theater, but oddly I missed the Pain Of Salvation phenomenon until now and do I regret to have discarded an opportunity to listen to "The Perfect Element" years ago… So you guessed it, this album is something so unique, so pure and so authentic that it's a insurmountable task for me to be neutral. At least, I'm warning you…

Pain Of Salvation hails from Sweden and they released some highly praised albums before this one, gathering fans all around the world and allowing the band to be on tour with artists such as Fates Warning and Dream Theater. Crafting their unique style along the way, these guys reach a level of musicianship rarely heard before and with their good inclination to record flawless albums, they are already among the best prog bands ever.

The album could be praised for hundreds of reasons but the number one plus of "Remedy Lane" is the diversity of the compositions. From quiet ballads to progressive madness masterpieces, this record has them all. The number two plus is the gigantic production, the sound is as clear as it should be on any progressive metal opus. To top all of the above, the Swedish band harbors one of the best singers I've ever heard, Daniel Gildenlow, whose performances in these songs are more than enough for me to rank him number one among prog singers. He can do anything with his voice and it remains crystal-clear. His lyrics are pure genius and proves once again that Daniel is the driving force behind Pain Of Salvation.

While 'Fandango' showcases Pain Of Salvation's immense abilities to create a terribly catchy song from limbs of progressive psychosis, 'This Heart Of Mine' is a perfect example of how pure their songs sound. However, it wouldn't do justice to this CD to detail each track as it is a heavenly trip into Pain Of Salvation genial minds. It's a true musical experience that you ought to live to understand.

Be curious and open-minded, experience and enjoy one of the most valuable bands out there. Pain Of Salvation has a huge career ahead as long as they can come up with such songs. "Remedy Lane" was my first step into PoS' world but it would definitely not be the last one. Loving this album but already yearning for more!!

Favorite tracks: 'A Trace Of Blood', 'This Heart Of Mine', 'Second Love' and 'Beyond The Pale'


Band profile: Pain Of Salvation
Album: Remedy Lane


 


written by Demonic Tutor | 26.09.2004

Guest review by
DreamWeaver

Rating:
9.5
Staying true to what they have done in the past, Pain Of Salvation's "Remedy Lane" sounds like a Pain Of Salvation disc, but sounds completely different than anything the band has done before. Both lighter and more straightforward than their previous two discs, "Remedy Lane" is simply difficult to take out of the CD-player, because most other discs from other bands seem boring after listening to this.

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Valar - 14.09.2006 at 16:01  
Great Album by a Gem of a band, great review. Everything in this album is just about surreal.
chematss - 13.07.2009 at 13:43  
POS is my favourite progressive band.. And this is indeed a great album(beyond great actually).. I never listened to 'Thorn Clown' though..

Its hard to pick which one is my favourite Rope Ends or Beyond The Pale
Andresopeth - 12.08.2011 at 08:09  
Dryad Of The Woods is one of the best songs in this album and it is clearly underrated!!

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