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The Perfect Element Part 1

Pain Of SalvationAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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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 (November 14, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: November 14, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005085N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Used
2. In The Flesh
3. Ashes
4. Morning On Earth
5. Idioglossia
6. Her Voices
7. Dedication
8. King Of Loss
9. Reconciliation
10. Song Of The Innocent
11. Falling
12. The Perfect Element

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~Perfect in every sense of the word~ May 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The astounding thing about Swedish prog/metal whiz-kids Pain of Salvation is simple: You NEVER know what you are going to hear next. The Perfect Element is a crystal-clear example of their diversity. This was my third PoS purchase, behind Entropia and One Hour by the Concrete Lake. Let me say at the outset of this review, TPE is a radical departure from those aforementioned masterpieces.
After hearing this release, I quickly purchased Remedy Lane and the astounding 12:5, but looking at the entire PoS catalogue, TPE stands above all others as their crowning moment. Some have complained about the chunky/rap vocals on the opening track Used, some have bemoaned the fact that this release is not "proggy" enough.
I say, hrm. I have listened to this CD solid for a couple of months and can honestly say that I have yet to tire, and I continue to find wonder buried deep inside each and every song on the album. As far as I am concerned, and I know that I may be in the minority here, Daniel Gildenlow is one of the greatest vocalists to ever grace the music scene. There are moments when he lapses in operatic, saccharine-sweet mode, but this listener can only say that it adds to the quality of his vocal performances.
Musically I can honestly say that I believe PoS stand heads above the rest. Daniel Gildenlow is an amazing lyricist, as well as being a stylish guitarist. From the stunning "In the Flesh," which I feel is their finest recording, to the haunting "Ashes," and the phenomenal "Idioglossia," this album is a must have title.
HIGHLY recommended.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, unique. February 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Pain of Salvation is one of progressive metal's most promising bands. While I consider myself a pretty big fan, I think The Perfect Element (Part I) is their only album that deserves five stars. Entropia was extremely original and mostly solid, but much the album's experimentation was too esoteric for its own good. One Hour By The Concrete Lake was an improvement, with better songs overall, but it was more straightforward progressive metal and it lacked the striking originality of Entropia. Clearly, a balance had to be achieved.
With The Perfect Element, PoS has refined their sound, synthesizing the remarkable uniqueness of Entropia and the stronger songcraft of One Hour. Gone are the awkward herky-jerky musical passages, the needlessly embellished vocals, and turgid lyrics. Here, everything works. No, it's not perfect. But it's damn good.
The band's nature is very eclectic, for they change musical bearing unpredictably. The first tract, "Used," best exemplifies this. It begins with the harrowing coupling of heavy guitars and synths, with vocalist Daniel Gildenlow's dark, fierce intonations. With the chorus, the song undergoes a complete change as it suddenly shifts into a harmonious melody with sharply contrasting "lighter" vocals. (Sound familiar, PoS fans? It's like "!" from Entropia, but better.) "Used" is a pretty extreme example, for the rest of the album is more cohesive from song to song, but the fundaments of this versatile approach remain intact. For those who are new to PoS, this might sound almost annoying. Let me aver that the polarizing course of the music is one of its greatest merits. Why? Because the they does it incredibly well. When a band can blend so many musical ideas so seamlessly and naturally, it's definitely stunning.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Brooding Progressive Metal Brilliance February 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Progressive metal was blessed when Pain of Salvation entered the limelight. On their third studio album, Daniel Gildenlow and company have mastered the art of the morose-slash-hopeful song. Each piece is ripe with despair without departing from the melodies that keep the album alive. A concept album whose themes revolve around childhood and growing up, The Perfect Element I never reaches a significant level of intensity to be considered "metal" (in the broadest sense of the word).

The most intense song on the album, the harrowing and wonderful "Idioglossia" remains reasonably accessible throughout it's 8-minute run. As a concept album it is also very successful, aided by a cohesive conceptual theme, and recurring musical lines - "Reconciliation" is, in a nutshell, "Morning on Earth" on steroids. The guitars range from simple chord arrangements to stunning solos, always eerie and unsettling. The stand-out characteristic of this album, however, is Gildenlow's vocal range. It is difficult to believe that the intimate, almost womanly voice in "Song for the Innocent" can conjure the deep, angry grunts in "Idioglossia".

Musically, the album is neither too spontaneous nor easily predictable. Dark throughout (save certain idyllic songs) and often disturbing both lyrically and musically, the album is as beautiful as it is unnerving. The standout track, "Her Voices" has absolutely everything: memorable choruses, an amazing progressive middle-part, and a triumphant choir of voices (and a violin) bringing the song to its brilliant end. From the lyrics to "Used", reminiscent of a raving sex-offender; to those of "Ashes", whose visual portrayal of personified filth is unmatched; to the heavenly violins in "Morning on Earth", the album showcases the beauty in despair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect Pain of Salvation
You can easily identify influences from Dream Theater or Symphony X in many prog-metal bands. But not a trace in PoS. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Forrest
4.0 out of 5 stars 74 minutes is TOO DAMN LONG (Great album though)
Great album, but its way too damn long. So first the good. Pain of Salvation has succeeded in creating a unique and distinct sound in a world filled with carbon copy, generic Prog... Read more
Published on July 17, 2011 by Anonymous67
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful and compelling albums I've listened to in a...
The Perfect Element... I'm not even sure if I can really put down in words how I truly feel about this album. Read more
Published on June 10, 2008 by Squash 'N' Squeak
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Album?
A very good album by PoS. One of the best progressive metal albums I've ever listened to.
Published on February 26, 2008 by Bellini Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Pain Of Salvation - Getting Used To Pain
This is the album that first introduced me to Pain Of Salvation. I also had the one and only opportunity to see them live at ProgDay. Read more
Published on November 29, 2007 by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for a progressive music fan
I cannot get enough of this album and I agree with the other reviews that would consider this a masterpiece. Read more
Published on May 13, 2007 by werp
5.0 out of 5 stars OWESOME!
IT'S THE FIRST TIME I LISTEN TO THIS BAND AND I ADVISE YOU TO GET IT IF YOU ARE A REAL PROGRESSIVE METAL LISTENER, WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY, JUST A FEW WORDS FOR A GREAT CD.EAF
Published on February 21, 2006 by EAF
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendance
A few years ago, I was planning to attend a Dream Theater concert in Vancouver, Canada. Dream Theater got me into progressive music - my favorite band, at the time. Read more
Published on December 25, 2005 by Shane Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken, barren, desolate, disordered.. compelling...
Last Christmas, my family decided to circulate a sort of wish list around to everybody via email on the premise that it's far easier to figure out what you want as opposed to what... Read more
Published on December 23, 2005 by Boris Kaplun
5.0 out of 5 stars This album rocks.
This is currently my most-listened-to album. I had Pain of Salvation locked away for a while, initially dismissed as "one of those prog-rock bands. Read more
Published on July 14, 2005 by Marshall Crumiller
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