Pain Of Salvation - "BE" review
|Band:||Pain Of Salvation|
|Release date:||October 2004|
01. Animae Partus ("I Am")
02. Deus Nova
03. Imago (Homines Partus)
04. Pluvius Aestivus
05. Lilium Cruentus (Deus Nova)
06. Nauticus (Drifting)
07. Dea Pecuniae
1 - Mr. Money
2 - Permanere
3 - I Raise My Glass
08. Vocari Dei
09. Diffidentia (Breaching The Core)
10. Nihil Morari
11. Latericius Valete
13. Iter Impius
14. Martius / Nauticus II
15. Animae Partus II
Pain Of Salvation have came back with this new "Be" album. And with this new one they are taking progressive music further! This album is a piece of music that was never heard before, the best word to describe it is Origanility. We knew the Swedish band capable of very good music but to bring a concept like this demands a lot of work and imagination.
This piece of work is quite unreviewable because anyone could find through those lyrics, melodies and moods different meanings which makes this album a masterpiece! It is based on questions about life, existence, religion throughout 14 extremly different songs going from folk style like "Imago" to pure prog/atmospheric rock with ultra clean vocals in "Iter Impius" but with keeping the band's roots with some more heavy songs like "Lilium Cruentus."
This concept of the album is one of the best I've ever seen; you can find much contradictory stuff in it (but IMO done deliberatly). Some songs are really quite philosophical whereas others like "Dea Pecuniae" are just pompous. Going from questions about existence, meaning of life and god, to a businessman that just doesn't give a damm about everyone else but himself as it is said in the booklet :"Mr. Money" is a business man who spends all his assets on Cryobiology (the science of studying the effects of very low temperature on life). He is cryogenically frozen and not revived until he is made immortal. When he awakes he realize he's the last one alive on earth because aknowledging the state of the planet (quite ruined by human kind's greed) no other person had chosen immortality.
But without speaking of the concept, the music itself is strong as it ever was during all PoS previous albums. They show us that they are staying and nearly claiming the place of Best Progressive band existing nowadays. The composition is as good as ever, giving us all kinds of atmospheres, moods and feelings. I particularly have shivers on the song "Iter Impius" in which Daniel is truly taking the voice of an angel... pure emotion and beauty! But I think that every fan of Pain Of Salvation will like this album after digging it quite some time. This is not an album on which you got a final impression after just two or three listenings, dig it and dig it deeper you'll get the meanings that Daniel tried to put in his songs!
"Be" is recommended for every person that tries to find a meaning to his life or asking himself question about his little existence - for people without those kind of existential questions buy it because it is a Pain Of Salvation album, that is to say that the progressive music performed in this album is amazing and won't disapoint you for sure!
|I don't usually care much about lyrics or concepts at all. A good concept can add a lot to an album - I am a big Ayreon fan, but at the same time most of my favorite bands have pretty left winged opinions, and I consider myself to be a liberal. As long as the music is good I don't really care about lyrics, bands' attitudes, or anything like that. But here's an exception: Be.
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