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I’m going to be honest with you people: Pain of Salvation are one of my favorite bands. They’ve always had their fair share of cheese but underneath the antics lay a pulsing heart of progressive metal and originality. I’ve been with them from the beginning, through all the twisting pathways that band core member Daniel Gildenlow has taken them. When the band played Israel last year, in a night I will never forget, they also played a new track called ‘Falling Home’ and it was beautiful. Supposedly hailing from the next album, it was supposed to be indicative of the new direction: heartfelt lyrics, a central place for vocals and acoustic guitars. I was stocked. However, it seems my hopes are going to be dashed, at least judging by the track released by the band last night. Head on over the jump for your first listen.

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I have to admit, Pain of Salvation is one of my all time favorite bands. I had the absolute pleasure of seeing them play an “Evening With” show here in Israel a few years ago and it was one of the best nights of my life. Like all dedicated fans, I have been following the saga of front-man and heart of the band Daniel Gildenlow’s health for a while now. For those unaware, he contracted a quite nasty flesh eating bacteria while on tour. He was at risk of his life for a long time and obviously missed many shows on his way to convalescence. Therefore, I am thrilled to write that with the return of Gildenlow’s health, the band have announced a full North American tour! Check out the full dates after the jump.

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Despite touring heavily in support of their last two albums, Pain of Salvation has not seen American shores in quite some time. Rumor has it Pain of Salvation frontman Daniel Gildenlöw did not approve of the political direction that the United States was going in, and went on a boycott of the U.S. front. Whether that’s true or not is speculation, but it seems likely as Gildenlöwhas always been a very socially conscious person, which is evident in practically all of his music with Pain of Salvation, and if you’ve been paying attention to the U.S. for the past half-decade… Well, best not to get into that.

However, it seems like the band (which is currently composed of all new members, with the exception of Daniel, following a run of line-up changes last fall) has resolved their internal issues with America, and with that comes the announcement of a small run of North American headline dates for Pain of Salvation. Of course none of these shows are anywhere near me, so it looks like I’m going to have to hold out to see my favorite prog metal band some other time.

The tour was announced in tandem with the announcement that the band would be releasing their latest album, a live in studio acoustic record tentatively titled Clean, through InsideOut records. As the album is acoustic, and the tour is in support of said album, it’s probably a good bet that the band won’t be performing many “metal” songs on this trek. Either way, Gildenlöw has been performing acoustically for years, and if you search around on the internet you can find some pretty high quality recordings of these shows. From what I’ve seen, they are just as entertaining and emotional as one would hope.

Kingcrow and Imminent Sonic Destruction will be offering support. Here are the dates.

05.01.2013 – EMPIRE -West Springfield, VA
05.02.2013 – HOUSE OF ROCK – White Marsh, MD
05.04.2013- ROSFEST (Pain of Salvation only) – Gettysburg, PA
05.05.2013 – THE MARLIN ROOM at WEBSTER HALL – New York, NY
05.07.2013 – LE CERCLE – Quebec City, QC
05.08.2013 – FOUFOUNES ELECTRIQUES – Montreal, QC
05.09.2013 – THE MOD CLUB – Toronto, ON
05.10.2013 – REGGIE’S – Chicago, IL
05.11.2013 – STATION 4 – Minneapolis, MN

(Additional Dates Coming Soon)

– EC

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Let’s celebrate with champagne

Because it’s that time of the year again

When everyone gives each other gifts

And makes end of the year lists

2012 was a great year

Many albums I did revere

But only a few I must choose

Now before more rhymes I abuse

Let’s get to the favorite albums

So take this list into your cerebellums

(Yes, I know that the cerebellum doesn’t do that, shut up!)

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TheMadIsraeli of No Clean Singing pointed me towards this little gem of a band called Gods of Eden. When I clicked “play” on their Bandcamp player, I was immediately impressed. It sounded like technical death metal done well. But then I kept listening. There was thrash metal. There was prog metal-esque clean singing. There was a flamenco section. There was a choir, an orchestra, pianos — everything. I know you’re just going to say this sounds like a trainwreck, but it’s not. It works. I even tend to be critical of Between the Buried and Me for their genre-bending elements, but here I was just blown away. It works because none of the elements are half baked. The tech death is Gorod-level. The progressive metal is as good as old Pain of Salvation. The death metal is reminiscent of Lost Soul. And each song they pull out new tricks from their sleeves, the awesomeness never ends. If I’m going to fully endorse one EP this year, it is this EP. You can listen to it right here:

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Hey everybody! My name’s Shjon Thomas, and I play guitar in a Boston-based progressive metal band called The Deadstation. The awesome guys here at Heavy Blog is Heavy let me write a guest article on whatever I wanted… so I chose to share what I consider to be the ten most essential albums of “old-school progressive metal”!

Since the newer school of prog-metal is so popular with the readers here (Animals As Leaders, Periphery, etc…), I thought it would be cool to share some great albums that follow from the original style of the genre that was popular in the 1990s and 2000s. These albums have also been a large influence on my own music, so if you like something here, you might also like The Deadstation! (You can download our free EP “Episode 01” here)

My hope is that you guys find some enjoyable stuff here that you hadn’t heard before! Cheers!

Part One: Fates Warning – Disconnected (2000) & Riverside – Anno Domini High Definition (2009)
Part Two: Evergrey – In Search Of Truth (2000) & Ayreon – Into the Electric Castle (1998)

6. Pain of Salvation – Remedy Lane (2002)

At the #6 spot, is another genre-standout from Sweden: Pain of Salvation. Many have compared them to American alt-metal band Faith No More, but I can assure you that they have a sound all their own. Of their eight full-length albums, Remedy Lane serves as a kind of peak, as well as the final album of their original sound: dark, grungy, progressive, and extremely emotional. Songwriter/bandleader Daniel Gildenlow performs vocals and guitar (among other instruments), and possibly has the best voice in the entire progressive genre… seriously. One of the key elements to his sound is the amount of acting he puts into a given song. He doesn’t just sing the lyrics… he really becomes a personification of them. This guy could sing a Taylor Swift song and have you in tears.

It’s not just the vocals that are enjoyable though. Drummers and general fans of polyrhythmic experimentation will find something to sink their teeth into. Remedy Lane has some strange, yet extremely interesting drumming. Some of it might sound weird and nonsensical at first, but after a few listens, the genius will begin to reveal itself. That is something that can actually be said for the album as a whole, as well as for most Pain of Salvation albums. On the first listen you’ll be scratching your head, but on the third or fourth listen, your jaw will be on the floor! It’s just that good.

Key Song: ‘Rope Ends’

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Hey everybody!  My name’s Shjon Thomas, and I play guitar in a Boston-based progressive metal band called The Deadstation.  The awesome guys here at Heavy Blog is Heavy let me write a guest article on whatever I wanted… so I chose to share what I consider to be the ten most essential albums of “old-school progressive metal”!

Since the newer school of prog-metal is so popular with the readers here (Animals As Leaders, Periphery, etc…), I thought it would be cool to share some great albums that follow from the original style of the genre that was popular in the 1990s and 2000s.  These albums have also been a large influence on my own music, so if you like something here, you might also like The Deadstation!  (You can download our free EP “Episode 01” here)

My hope is that you guys find some enjoyable stuff here that you hadn’t heard before!  Cheers!

Part One: Fates Warning – Disconnected (2000) & Riverside – Anno Domini High Definition (2009)

 

8. Evergrey – In Search of Truth (2000)

Next up is In Search of Truth from Swedish band Evergrey. Partially inspired by Whitley Strieber’s book Communion, this album features a very dark concept about alien abductions. Basically, if you liked the TV show The X-Files, then this album is right up your alley! At first glance, it might sound like a cheesy subject to write about, but this album really focuses on the deeper psychological elements of abductions, so it holds a very serious tone throughout. In my opinion, the songs on In Search of Truth set up an amazing environment/atmosphere for the listener to get lost in… which not only makes it their best album, but an essential inclusion on this list.

As far as the musical elements go, I believe the standout feature is Tom Englund’s raspy, yet melodic vocals. They are very unique sounding for the prog-metal genre, and they are key to Evergrey’s distinctive sound. I’ve heard many fans say that they didn’t like his vocals at first though, so don’t give up on these guys if you feel the same way… they might grow on you after a few listens. Beyond that, guitar fans will find plenty of heavy riffs here to enjoy, as well as some truly badass solos. (Check out the outro solo at the 4:20 mark in ‘The Masterplan’)

Key Song: ‘The Masterplan’

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One of the coolest trends in prog metal right now is the acoustic set-list. Bands all over the place are picking up acoustic guitars and rearranging their songs and performing low-key concerts, adding a whole new spin to the songs that their fans already love. Pain of Salvation followed this trend and it seems like they’ve received nothing but positive feedback from these live sets. And luckily for me, and all fans of Pain of Salvation, the band has decided that with the overwhelming positive response to the shows, they might as well put those songs on disc for an official release!

Posting from the official Pain of Salvation website, band show-runner —- and only remaining founding member —Daniel Gildenlöw says  that after all the positive response, the band decided to enter the studio for two days and record some of their favorite songs for an upcoming release, tentatively titled Clean, but that name could change before the official release. Daniel goes on to say that the recording process was very intuitive and creative, saying that all parts of the songs were recorded in unison, even the vocals and harmonies.

This is really stunning news for me. I’ve been in love with this band for a few years now, and it’s always nice to hear new renditions of your favorite songs. Here’s hoping this is released soon! You can view the full statement from Daniel here.

– EC

Oddland – The Treachery of Senses

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The Treachery Of Senses

01. Above And Beyond
02. Flooding Light
03. In The Eyes Of The Mournuing
04. Aisle of Array
05. Past The Gates
06. Still The Spirit Stays
07. In Endless Endeavor
08. Sewers
09. Lines Of Silver Blood
10. Ire

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Someone has to popularize the term Nordic Progressive Metal. With bands like Leprous, Ihsahn, Shining, Enslaved, Vintersorg, ICS Vortex and Borknagar, there’s clearly something brewing up there in the northern regions of Europe. Cue Oddland, a Finnish quartet who won a national metal competition to get signed on Century Media. And they definitely fit in line with the mentioned bands as a force to be reckoned with in Progressive Metal. Imagine the groovy undertones of Gojira, Meshuggah and Lamb of God employed in a Leprous-like flamboyant progressive fashion. Imagine vocals that sound like Daniel Gildenlow of Pain of Salvation. And odd mix, is it not? Well, that’s what Oddland sounds like. Their debut album The Treachery of Senses is an enjoyable and refreshing joyride of progressive metal that will hopefully establish Oddland as a force to be reckoned with.

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I discovered Oddland completely by coincidence. I’m really glad that it happened, because they are one hell of a promising band. The Finnish progressive metal act will be releasing their debut album The Treachery of Senses on April 30th in Europe and May 08th in North America (digital only) on Century Media Records, and we’re happy to be able to bring you an exclusive look at their new single, ‘Flooding Light!’ You can stream the track below:

 

 

To be honest, The Treachery of Senses is heading quite swiftly to my list of most anticipated albums of the year. I really like Oddland’s sound, as they’re reminiscent of Disillusion (especially in the excellent vocal work), with touches of Pain of Salvation and a hint of Gojira. Don’t let these comparisons prejudice you though, because they have a very unique sound that is very refreshing and awesome. You can hear their previously released track ‘Above and Beyondat this location if you missed it and would like to hear more.

You can check out the album’s tracklist after the jump. Like Oddland on Facebook and mark your calendars, because The Treachery of Senses seems like it will be amazing.

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