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In a world governed by increasingly rigid rules and conformist conceptions of art, PAIN OF SALVATION have created their own niche on the international music scene. Their intelligently composed and cleverly arranged songs have mixed metal, pop, funk, disco, blues, goth and folk with Arabian and Oriental influences plus other more or less extreme musical styles into a homogenous whole. PAIN OF ... Read more in Amazon's Pain Of Salvation Store

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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002W194C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Animae Partus
2. Deus Nova
3. Imago
4. Pluvius Aestivus
5. Lilium Cruentus
6. Nauticus
7. Dea Pecuniae
8. Vocari Dei
9. Diffidentia
10. Nihil Morari
11. Latertius Valette
12. Omni
13. Iter Impius
14. Matius/Nauticus II
15. Animae Partus II

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You really just have to hear it to believe it.
The Wickerman
This album is an amazing piece of work, featuring many varied musical styles throughout, yet remaining cohesive with the themes and storyline.
TWM
A full album of that sorta stuff would be too much, but it works as a track.
General Zombie

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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By The Wickerman on October 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ok, I was planning to wait on reviewing this album for a while, until I'd come closer to unlocking all the secrets and such, but I really can't wait any longer. This was by far my most anticipated album of recent times, and now that I've gotten it and spun it several times, I gotta say something. And that something is wow.

How do they do it? How DO they do it??? For those of you have been keeping up with my reviews, you might know that I initially was not bowled over by Pain of Salvation's music, but time, as it often does, has allowed me to see the error of my ways, and they have since become one of my favorite bands. Everything they have put out has been of extremely high quality, and "BE" is no exception. Somehow they manage to keep their music fresh, while still being consistently amazing. This kind of talent is really something special.

So anyway, "BE". Geez, where do I even start? Like all of PoS's albums, this is a concept album, but this is something different from anything they've done before. Basically, it is a concept about the origin of God, and how he created man to try to get a better understanding of his own existence. Man, in turn, creates an artificial god of their own, to try to better understand their existence, and....well, I don't want to give too much away. If this sounds like a really cheesy concept, I can assure you it only appears to be such at face value. This is a very deep and profound story, one that I am still working on figuring out completely. (For those interested, a full list of sources Gildenlow used to research for this album can be found on the band's website).

And, the music. The music is just fantastic.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on November 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
_Be_ kind of makes me think of Yes' _Tales from Topographic Oceans_. Either is likely to be considered a masterpiece by some and self-indulgent garbage by others. Both albums are bigger and longer and more ambitious than previous releases by their respective bands, coming after what many would regard as their best work. But in relative terms, _Tales from Topographic Oceans_ is a better album than _Be_, for the latter is saddled by some overwrought musical passages and a self-conscious concept which derails its emotional connection, whereas the former is pretty exciting throughout.

_Be_ is an album about the nature of God and man's place in the universe and with nature. I am personally not overly interested in the Daniel Gildenlow's concept. It is mostly pedestrian metaphysical observations, glorification of the primitive, and anti-capitalist cheapshots. On a basis of music alone, _Be_ is a more schizophrenic album -- both great and surprisingly dull. Pain of Salvation is augmented by the mini-orchestra consisting of strings and winds. All the usual elements of Gildenlow's writing are present: inventive metal riffs, unforgettable melodies, ingenious use of counterpoint, off-the-wall meters, dramatic vocals, and audacious eclecticism, and this album is probably the band's most musically diverse.

The beginning and end of _Be_ are imaginative and electrifying, but the middle section is plodding and excessive. For this reason, the end of the album is worsened because it lacks really excellent prior development. I don't want to say the album is too long, because it doesn't feel too long. By the time "Iter Impius" and "Martius/Naucticus II" roll around, it feels like the right duration has elapsed. It's just that the middle is so tedious you kind of wind down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Fountain Pen Diva VINE VOICE on September 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
BE is the PoS album that had to really grow on me before I could truly appreciate its complexity and its stark, uncompromising beauty. It's harsh and even chilling, depicting a world at war with itself - humanity, nature, even god. It is also about God, creating himself, humanity creating him, and humanity demanding some answers from HIM as to why things are. It's all over the board thematically and yet the threads that bind each song are subtle.

This isn't the album that you go cruising down the road in a convertable to, but rather sitting alone in a candlelit room with headphones and a lot of time to digest the various and sundry layers that comprise this masterwork.

Daniel Gildenlow is a genius and one has to be intelligent enough and a seeker enough to follow him through this journey of the mind. The musicianship is superlative, lush in some areas, spare and uncompromising in others. My personal favourite songs are Dea Pecunae, which if you really listen, depicts a desparate coupling between sex and money (that part left me with two minds, both aroused and uncomfortable at the same time). I also loved Iter Impius (I do hope I spelled that correctly), a song that grabs you softly at the piano-nuanced beginning then goes for the jugualr by the climatic end with Gildenlow's tortured-soul growls.

BE is a disturbing album and for days afterward left me in shivers, yet I could not (and still cannot) resist being drawn into its intricate web of melody and concept.
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