Pain Of Salvation - In The Passing Light Of Day album review

Progressive Swedes ponder a matter of life and death

Cover art for Pain Of Salvation IN THE PASSING LIGHT OF DAY

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Three years ago Pain Of Salvation’s Daniel Gildenlöw endured a serious brush with the grim reaper, spending several months in hospital thanks to a severe bacterial infection. Understandably, this caused the Swede to dwell upon all manner of issues, from the disease that attacked him with such randomness and extremity to the very meaning of life. Gildenlöw now channels that inner debate into a remarkable suite of songs.

The first studio release in six years from the long-running progressive metal band, …Light Of Day is fuelled by anger, puzzlement, fear, hope and no small amount of gravitas, its brooding contents bookended by epic songs that last for 10 and 15 minutes respectively. On A Tuesday is a juddering freight train of riff-rock and spoken-word angst that’s coloured by beguiling fragments of twisted fragility. It’s not easy listening, but for those willing to immerse themselves in the concept, to ask the same questions as Gildenlöw, it’s very special indeed.

Dave Ling

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.