Vocalist Daniel Gildenlöw of Pain Of Salvation has posted the following blog after Barack Obama's inauguration:

"We congratulate the people of USA on the Inauguration of their new President. We have waited for this day a long time, as have most of the world. Obama continually strikes us as the bravest and most promising US president that modern times have seen, and we nod our heads in agreement and respect for some of the things he expressed in his speech. Thus, with Barack Obama, in that very speech, offering an open hand to those willing to unclench their fists, Pain of Salvation will be first in line to offer our unclenching.

Therefore, let it be known that on the 20th of January 2009, after almost five years, Pain of Salvation are officially lifting their political embargo on USA. Our position on border control finger print scanning remains unchanged, and we will keep fighting against it and do what we can to oppose and fight it; but today we see an American nation of hope and want of change, and good should be met with good. Hence, we reach out to accept your hand. Not unconditionally, because real love is demanding: something to work on every day. But with our deepest and most sincere hope for a new start."

Read the full blog here.


Source: blog.painofsalvation.com
Band profile: Pain Of Salvation
 
Posted: 23.01.2009 by Metal_Militia



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Dane Train - 23.01.2009 at 19:30  
So hopefully they'll be heading this way for some shows? I've waited so long to see them.
Elio - 23.01.2009 at 20:06  
Which problem did they have with the US?
rpsgc - 23.01.2009 at 20:22  
They are kidding themselves if they think anything will change... at the surface, maybe. Just to keep an illusion though. Nothing will change.
Dexter_prog - 23.01.2009 at 20:58  
Written by Elio on 23.01.2009 at 20:06

Which problem did they have with the US?

A political embargo. Did you even read the article?
Elio - 23.01.2009 at 21:02  
Written by Dexter_prog on 23.01.2009 at 20:58

Written by Elio on 23.01.2009 at 20:06

Which problem did they have with the US?

A political embargo. Did you even read the article?


Yes, but why? Did you even read my question?
deadbraincells - 23.01.2009 at 21:15  
The idea that some half-assed prog metal band from Sweden would announce a 'political embargo' against the USA is absolutely retarded - are they refusing to sell their albums to USA audiences? Are they pulling their videos from MTV? No - they're just going to stay home to show the big bad USA how terrible life will be without them.
The Shape 1973 - 23.01.2009 at 21:17  
That is the biggest load of bull i've ever read, are they turning in to self appointed Bono wannabes.

The only people who are worried about finger printing IDs are people with something to hide.
Hamird - 23.01.2009 at 21:43  
Written by deadbraincells on 23.01.2009 at 21:15

The idea that some half-assed prog metal band from Sweden would announce a 'political embargo' against the USA is absolutely retarded - are they refusing to sell their albums to USA audiences? Are they pulling their videos from MTV? No - they're just going to stay home to show the big bad USA how terrible life will be without them.


He didn't refused the USA people.. In USA there are many bands who refuse the government but people buy their albums, and they're popular. A famous example is Pearl Jam..
Introspekrieg - 23.01.2009 at 21:46  
Yes!!! This is the answer our economy needs!!1
Fat & Sassy! - 23.01.2009 at 21:51  
As much as this political bullshit pisses me off... I still love the band. Hopefully I'll get to see them now!
gid - 23.01.2009 at 23:12  
Wow. I've instantly lost respect for Pain of Salvation, riding on such an important political change just so they get more publicity for a US tour.
Geat - 23.01.2009 at 23:24  
Wow, thats really lame. Howbout an embargo on Iran,syria,jordan,lebanon,Russia or any of the other actually opressive countries.

Not Impressed.
Giok99 - 24.01.2009 at 00:05  
See, Mr Obama is in charge since 3 days and already things are changing.

Good sign of hope, we all need it

By the way, nice speech, Mr President
4look4rd - 24.01.2009 at 00:56  
Good to know they are coming. Bush deteriorated the USA's image so much that I completely understand the embargo
LeChron James - 24.01.2009 at 01:00  
Oh my god they actually sound like obama. hope and change. fuck that, they should be BANNED from the US and have their embargo carried out by the present administration.
Elijah - 24.01.2009 at 07:41  
As much as I love them...

Can Pain of Salvation sound like bigger dicks?

YES THEY CAN!
Dexter_prog - 24.01.2009 at 20:29  
Written by Elio on 23.01.2009 at 21:02

Written by Dexter_prog on 23.01.2009 at 20:58

Written by Elio on 23.01.2009 at 20:06

Which problem did they have with the US?

A political embargo. Did you even read the article?


Yes, but why? Did you even read my question?

Your question was poorly formulated.
Probably the problem they had has something to do with their silly lyrics against America.
Silhouette - 25.01.2009 at 19:20  
I don't see how this is bullshit at all. They're expressing their opinions and sticking to what they believe in, how's that a problem?

Quote:
I've instantly lost respect for Pain of Salvation, riding on such an important political change just so they get more publicity for a US tour.


This was a simple blog entry on their website. The point of that is to express an opinion.
It wasn't the band who posted it here, and got all this response.

Silhouette
gid - 25.01.2009 at 23:58  
Written by Silhouette on 25.01.2009 at 19:20

I don't see how this is bullshit at all. They're expressing their opinions and sticking to what they believe in, how's that a problem?

This was a simple blog entry on their website. The point of that is to express an opinion.
It wasn't the band who posted it here, and got all this response.

Silhouette


If they had fully believed in their embargo, they would have stopped selling their albums in the US and Japan (another country which has mandatory fingerprint scans when you enter the country).

And how does posting this on their blog not count as advertising their tour? They want it to be read. Sure, the band can have their own opinions, I'm not complaining about that. My problem is the fact that they're obviously using Obama's presidency as free publicity for their american tour.

And did you read the last part of the blog post?

Quote:
...we see an American nation of hope and want of change, and good should be met with good. Hence, we reach out to accept your hand. Not unconditionally, because real love is demanding: something to work on every day.


Oh yes, they're doing the US a huge favour and being oh-so noble in coming over.

I don't think it's possible for them to sound any more arrogant or self-important than they did with this post.
ponderer - 26.01.2009 at 14:35  
Politically motivated touring? Get off your high horse? Pain of Salvation aren't even that good to begin with. Daniel has some talent, but maybe he should stick to Led Zeppelin covers. For the record, Daniel did plenty of touring in the United States over the past 5 years with side projects and friends of other bands. Hypocrite.

There's a new vibe going around the progressive community which is becoming harder and harder to stomach. It's the we're-holier-than-thou-and-everyone-can-kiss-our-talented-asses sentiment which makes me want to puke. This is by no means limited to Pain of Salvation either. Several bands who are all closely related musically and through friends have the same shitty attitude which is why I won't be buying any of their music nor paying to see them live. My financial embargo against elitest fuckheads is in full effect following this statement by PoS. Kiss my American ass Daniel.
Shadowcross - 27.01.2009 at 12:55  
I agree with their embargo on the US, I have personally held a similar view of america since the Iraq war began and have avoided their products and visiting there. now i feel a bit of a mood difference.. less hatred and blinded media
Shadowcross - 27.01.2009 at 13:00  
Wow you americans take this pretty seriously..
the problem is it took americans 5 years to realise their poor standing in the world and our disgust towards their wasteful culture!
BKaz - 01.02.2009 at 07:14  
Yeah, I too have lost some respect for this band after reading the ridiculous article. They feel they are "punishing" the US citizens by not touring there? wtf? that is the most pretentious bullshit I've ever heard... and the fact they are so outspoken like this pisses me off.
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.02.2009 at 01:49  
Although I am against the over the top excessive customs concerning the US and I was against the way of the Bush administration I find Pain Of Salvation's standpoint about not touring the US totally pathetic and ridiculous. You don't hurt the government with that sort of thing. The only people that will suffer because of this are the fans. And this standpoint once again shows that in most of the cases MUSIC AND POLITICS DON'T MIX.

Mmm, I am thinking of not going to Sweden for vacation because of their government.

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