Pain Of Salvation - Remedy Lane Re-Visited (Re-Mixed And Re-Lived) album review

Two reinterpretations of a fine original.

Pain Of Salvation Remedy Lane Re-Visited album cover

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When it was released in 2002, Remedy Lane was regarded as the Swedish prog metal band’s breakthrough album; the one that got them noticed by a wider audience. Now, mainman Daniel Gildenlow has remixed it, with help from Jens Bogren.

What’s come out of this is a brighter, sharper, more effective album. Having had the chance to live with the songs for so long, Gildenlow understands them better, and has been able to bring out hitherto buried sonic inferences, making the conceptual journey of the principle character to self realisation more viable. It shows the worth of actually giving music time to develop in its own right, before going into the studio. Because, while the original was impressive, it really now appears to be no more than a demo for what is done here.

But that’s not all, because also included in this package is a live performance of the entire album, recorded at the ProgPower festival in 2014. Again, this gives a new slant on the music and underlying themes. And onstage, yet another outlook and attitude comes into view, with the band reacting to the crowd as much as to each other.

It would be easy to dismiss this revisiting of the album as no better than window dressing. However, this is so much more than that. Remedy Lane is more alive than ever, and one feels the approaches here are more than vindicated. Clever stuff.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.