ARTIST:

PAIN OF SALVATION

(SWEDEN)
TITLE:

BE

(2004)
LABEL:

INSIDEOUT MUSIC

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE METAL

TAGS:
Concept-album, Fusion
"Less powerful than Perfect Element but more sought-after than Remedy Lane, "Be" should satisfy not only POS fans but also fans of metal off the beaten track."
TORPEDO (28.09.2004)  
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It has been eagerly awaited, here is at last the new album of Pain Of Salvation. In the absence of a second volume of "Perfect Element" which is decidedly long awaited, it is with "Be" that they decided to continue their musical evolution. 

The concept of the album bears well the signature of a Daniel Gildenlow always so motivated to make us participate to some of his philosophical or metaphysical reflections. This time, the subject deals with the mysteries of our existence on earth, humanity in general, God and the interactions between everything that exists that ultimately moves the world forward.

The first contact with "Be" will no doubt disconcert many people. The first track immediately sets the mood. Two souls seeming to be thinking at the same time ask themselves existential questions in a kind of semi-consciousness. No music, just words coldly spoken by two voices - female and male - accompanied by sound effects that make one wonder if all the substances ingested during the recording were legal.

However, this unusual introduction should not discourage the amateurs of this formation, which will always astonish us. Indeed, "Be" is not an album like the others and differs from what they could do before, but it bears well the mark of Pain Of Salvation. 

Some nervous aspects that have always been the strength of POS have been kept, notably Daniel Gildenlow's vocals on an aggressive and raging metal (Lilium Cruentus). But they are this time superseded by a fusion of genres ranging from Folk to film music and Gospel (Dae Pecuniae). The instruments of the orchestra - Violins, Tuba, Clarinet,...- omnipresent on all tracks more than reinforce this impression as they go as far as building up whole titles (Imago).

The interpretation is of course masterful and one very easily enters this absolutely timeless musical universe, with intonations sometimes tribal, sometimes modern but always unexpected.

As you will have understood, "Be" is not a classic album and even less a work that one could have expected from a progressive metal band (although with experience, one ends up expecting everything in progressive). Emotions are there, even if some people will probably react differently on some points like these additions of dialogues everywhere which, if they fit perfectly with the theme, may seem a bit too numerous. 

Less powerful than Perfect Element but more sought-after than Remedy Lane, "Be" should satisfy not only POS fans but also fans of metal off the beaten track.


More informations on http://www.painofsalvation.com/enter.htm





TRACK LISTING:
01. Animae Partus
02. Deus Nova
03. Imago
04. Pluvius Aestivus
05. Lilium Cruentus
06. Nauticus
07. Dea Pecuniae
08. Vocari Dei
09. Diffidentia
10. Nihil Morari
11. Latericius Valete
12. Omni
13. Iter Impius
14. Martius/nauticus Ii
15. Animae Partus Ii

LINEUP:
Daniel Gildenlow: Chant / Guitares
Fredrik Hermansson: Claviers
Johan Hallgren: Guitares
Johan Langell: Batterie
Kristoffer Gildenlöw: Basse
   
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