Road Salt One
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Limited digipak edition includes three bonus tracks. 2010 album from the Swedish Alt-Metal quartet. 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 mix Metal, Pop, Funk, Disco, Goth and Folk with Arabian and Oriental influences plus other more or less extreme musical styles into a homogenous whole.
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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! Hope my review was somewhat helpful or insightful. Sorry for all the name dropping.
*I'm joking about Spitfall, obviously, but it should be noted that there's no rap-metal on this album!
Edit: This album really does grow on you! It's hard to get a feel for this recording by listening to a few songs on Youtube. To really get the full effect, one needs to listen to the entire album as a whole.
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