The Perfect Element Part 1
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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You can easily identify influences from Dream Theater or Symphony X in many prog-metal bands. But not a trace in PoS. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Forrest
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 morePublished on July 17, 2011 by Anonymous67
The Perfect Element... I'm not even sure if I can really put down in words how I truly feel about this album. Read morePublished on June 10, 2008 by Squash 'N' Squeak
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
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 morePublished on November 29, 2007 by Steven Sly
I cannot get enough of this album and I agree with the other reviews that would consider this a masterpiece. Read morePublished on May 13, 2007 by werp
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.EAFPublished on February 21, 2006 by EAF
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 morePublished on December 25, 2005 by Shane Wheeler
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 morePublished on December 23, 2005 by Boris Kaplun