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Road Salt One certainly lacks much of the musical insanity of past efforts (think the ludicrously challenging polyrhythms of songs like "Handful of Nothing" and "Fandango" or the full-on prog onslaughts of songs like "! (Forward)" and "Idioglossia"). I love that stuff as much as the next guy, but I think it's important to bear in mind that many fan favorites--"Ashes", "Undertow", "Second Love", and "Spitfall"*, for example--are very simple. And that's not to say RS is completely tame, either. There is still much to be found in the way of dramatic dynamic shifts, inventive song structures, and rhythmic complexity; "No Way" and "Innocence" especially come to mind.
The one thing that truly sets this album apart from their others (for better or for worse) is the lack of any metal. No evil, de-tuned riffs. No chugga-chugga. No complex double-bass drum patterns. Even their guitar tone takes on a more fuzzy, bluesy, Hendrix-type approach. The self-proclaimed '70s feel is definitely a noticeable change.
So if I could sum my impression of this album, it would be that they have stayed "progressive" in many of the same ways, but have dropped the "metal" part of it. It's still quite diverse and inventive, still just as deep and emotionally urgent (if not more), and still boasts a breathtaking vocal performance throughout. The bluesy feel is bound to be a turn-off for some, especially in comparison to their other albums, but I think, like all of their music, it's worth approaching it with an open mind.
I'm definitely looking forward to part two!Read more ›
I heard a preview of Linoleum before the album came out, and let's just say, I was not particularly hopeful. It was decent, but it wasn't prog metal. And Pain of Salvation is a prog metal band, right?
Well... Maybe. Was Be prog metal? I don't think so.
So let's just get this out of the way: Road Salt One is not a prog metal album. But Pain of Salvation already has at least four albums that can be easily slotted into the prog metal genre, and all are great, so why do we need another? Is Daniel Gildenlow going to write a better prog metal album than Remedy Lane? I'm not sure anybody is going to accomplish that feat.
So, perhaps Gildenlow decided that in order to prove he is not a one trick pony, he would try his hand at something else. So we have Be, with its pastoral instrumentals spread among the relatively few straightforward songs. Then we got Scarsick, which was easily their weakest effort to date. The relative crappiness of Scarsick is the potential cause of my skepticism, but Gildenlow took a completely different path.
When I started listening to Road Salt One and discovered that it is not prog metal at all, I was at once taken aback and thrilled. This is an album with its own distinct sound and melodies. It is unique. I find myself with an urge to listen to an album of 70s inspired songs with a truly modern view, and this is the only album that can satisfy that yearning. Thus, it has spent more time in my rotation over the last month than any other album.Read more ›
As a Pain of Salvation fan, which you most likely are if you're reading this, you must understand that Perfect Element part 1 is not going to be recreated. And it's absurd to think that even possible in my opinion. Along with this point, in my opinion it is the open-mindedness of Daniel (not to mention his emotion and vocal range) that has kept this band among my favorites since they first came out.
I do understand some of the comments I've been reading here and elsewhere about being disappointed about this release. But at the same time, what an extraordinary emotional journey it is. Just like every other POS release, Road Salt One takes hold of you and allows your brain to be taken out of your control. Now some of you are right, it's not as technically demanding. And as someone who loves bands like Between the Buried and Me and the work on John Petrucci, I get the lure of that type of music. However it is difficult to find music more moving than POS (without being corny and lame) in my opinion.
I find it hard to believe that someone who has enjoyed all or most of POS's releases thus far will not enjoy this record. Tracks like "Sisters" and "Where it hurts" are litterally breathtaking. The lyrical content combined with the raw feel of these tracks is something reminiscent of perhaps the raw emotion of the latter works of Tom Waits. I mean that type of record does not come around very often. For your sake, do not miss out on the chance to experience the feelings that Road Salt One evokes in you. And let it be known there are still those beautiful climatic moments in many of these tracks which may be the only true trademark of POS.Read more ›
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A long-time Dream Theater fan, I wanted to expand my horizons and ran across PoS, and have been listening to them exclusively for weeks now. Their early albums are great. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Cydonian Dave
Love the music, can be sneaky and sly or quietly beautiful. Lead singer can rock a mean falsetto then roar with the best. The more you listen to it, the better it gets.Published on November 19, 2013 by MOKelly
For some reason I actually got "Road Salt Two" prior to getting this one, so I came at the whole concept backwards. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Steven Sly
Only the most diehard crazy Pain of Salvation fan can defend this album. It is terrible.
The problem with this album is not that it is "different", or that there is "no... Read more
I've been a fan of Pain of Salvation for a few years and in my opinion everything up to this is great (even scarsick). Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by Rosalind Franklin
Bought this as a gift to my boyfriend for Christmas and he loves it. Vinyls have a great sound to them and worth the money in my opinion. Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by JP
It seems that Daniel has been a bit influenced by his work with Transatlantic, and the history of the Beatles. Road Salt One is not about progressive metal instrumental prowess. Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by MusicCritic
The album is very nice. They had chaged the style of the band and one more time it looks great! Pain Of Salvation is really a real good band, makes me sad to know they aren't so... Read morePublished on May 17, 2011 by Fallen Angel
I feel this to be an amazing album; the sound found in previous releases is still here. The progressive music is undeniably here. Read morePublished on March 31, 2011 by Drifter