Angry Metal Primer – Pain of Salvation

Over 40 years of metal’s biological urge (and a hefty lack of restraint) has resulted in some incomprehensibly large catalogs. No one should have to listen to anywhere from 13 to 15 [Luca Turilli’s] Rhapsody [of Fire] albums just to get caught up for a new release. So whenever the fancy strikes us, we’re offering a selection of prime(r)(er) cuts to get you up to speed. Without further ado, welcome to…

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“For nearly 25 years now, Sweden’s Pain of Salvation have been dropping album after mostly quality album in fairly regular succession. They have also been evolving and refining their sound and style over the years, moving from Dream Theater and Faith No More influences into 70s blues-rock combined with prog and more. Of their previous nine studio albums (I don’t count 2014’s acoustic Falling Home), four are must-owns, several more are solid prog entries, and a couple can be left on the side of the road.

Despite all this, the band is most famous around these parts for the notorious “sweaty man-bun” side banners of early 2017. Like it or not, the band is back this week with Panther. Are we going to be stuck staring at Daniel Gildenlöw’s ripped and sweaty torso for another month? I won’t spoil it for you. Instead, spend some time drifting back in their catalog with a selection of songs from each album.”

Huck N Roll


  • Entropia (1997)
    – “People Passing By”
    – “Nightmist”
  • One Hour by the Concrete Lake (1998)
    – “New Year’s Eve”
    – “Handful of Nothing”
  • The Perfect Element, Part I (2000)
    – “Ashes”
    – “The Perfect Element”
  • Remedy Lane (2002)
    – “Chain Sling”
    – “Beyond the Pale”
  • BE (2004)
    – “Imago”
    – “Martius/Nauticus II”
  • Scarsick (2007)
    – “Mrs. Modern Mother Mary”
    – “Flame to the Moth”
  • Road Salt One (2010)
    – “Linoleum”
    – “Road Salt”
  • Road Salt Two (2011)
    – “Mortar Grind”
    – “The Physics of Gridlock”
  • In the Passing Light of Day (2017)
    – “Angels of Broken Things”
    – “The Passing Light of Day”

Pain of Salvation’s 11th album Panther will be released on August 28th worldwide via InsideOut Music.

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