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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3185 on: August 28, 2020, 08:21:23 AM »
ITPLOD falls apart a bit in the middle for me, whereas this album only gets better.  I feel like this is their most consistent album. 

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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3186 on: August 28, 2020, 09:46:29 AM »
Great album of PoS, appreciating a lot! I think it's a little more focused and polished than ITPLOD, and 70's influences are more proeminent, different from the Road Salt albums, more in the vain of those Led Zep acoustic riffs. Athough they add a nice variety to the album, interesting that the 3 singles seem a lot different from the vibe of the rest of the album IMO.
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« Reply #3187 on: August 28, 2020, 10:04:17 AM »
For me ITPLOD is really strong with Angel of Broken Things until the end, with TPLOD obviously being the best ending they done so far. The middle of the album is so so.

This albums feels really fresh and the flow is maybe the best since BE! I have a good feeling it will stand the test of time as well. Icon kinda has a similar way of ending the album as TPLOD somehow. They way he reflects on life as a father and the way it builds / sounds.

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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3188 on: August 28, 2020, 10:21:51 AM »
In my opinion it's their best album since BE.   Wait is so beautiful  :hefdaddy
I was thinking the same thing. Definitely my favorite of theirs since BE. It feels like the band got their ambition and sense of adventure back.
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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3189 on: August 28, 2020, 11:38:13 AM »
Best since Be, maybe better.

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« Reply #3190 on: August 28, 2020, 01:04:12 PM »
My sentiments echo the ones I've read here, in contrary to many reviews I'm reading where the reviewer is almost always mega-fond of ITPLoD. Don't get me wrong, it was a pretty good record, but I liked it just because it was a relative return to the prog metal of old. Still, some songs were kinda flat and it definitely hasn't aged well for me. Songs like Taming of a Beast seem a bit run-off-the-mill.

Now THIS is more like it, damn! Best since BE? A definitive yes! Just love the variation and there's enough of that brooding, dark stuff. With Johan back in the band I was hoping for lots of great guitar solos; instead there's an incredibly well-written thematic record here, and the two solos in ICON we do get are just fan-tas-tic.
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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3191 on: August 28, 2020, 01:50:27 PM »
(I ended up skipping Angels of Broken Things when listening to it)

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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3192 on: August 28, 2020, 01:52:49 PM »
(I ended up skipping Angels of Broken Things when listening to it)

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Yea, itís definitely the weakest song. I think they were emphasizing broken and off rhythms, but feel thatís the only song that they overshot it.
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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3193 on: August 28, 2020, 01:56:23 PM »
angels of broken things is def the weakest track on that album yep

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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3194 on: August 28, 2020, 02:16:20 PM »
Are you guys serious? Thatís the second best track as far as Iím concerned :lol
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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3195 on: August 28, 2020, 02:37:09 PM »
Reasons is the one that bugs the living crap out of me. Itís kind of a nice idea and in some ways it reminds me of a really bad version of Stress from Entropia. But it just really doesnít work for me.
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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3196 on: August 28, 2020, 03:45:06 PM »
Are you guys serious? Thatís the second best track as far as Iím concerned :lol

I'm with you. I think Angels of broken things is decent, especially around the 4min mark where the solo heavy part kicks in.

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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3197 on: August 28, 2020, 05:01:05 PM »
I like the sounds he chose for the electric sounds.

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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3198 on: August 28, 2020, 11:01:56 PM »
Sounds to me like Pain of Salvation is channeling Leprous

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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3199 on: August 29, 2020, 12:44:38 AM »
For me ITPLOD is really strong with Angel of Broken Things until the end, with TPLOD obviously being the best ending they done so far. The middle of the album is so so.


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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3200 on: August 29, 2020, 12:54:35 AM »
Sounds to me like Pain of Salvation is channeling Leprous

The three singles sounded way more like Pain of Salvation than like Leprous to me.
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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3201 on: August 29, 2020, 02:34:00 AM »
Are you guys serious? Thatís the second best track as far as Iím concerned :lol
Recently I am enjoying it too along with The Taming Of The beast, accepting they are both good songs, but I've always found them the weak point of the album.

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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3202 on: August 29, 2020, 02:51:12 AM »
First listen through is done - Wait and Icon stood out the most for me so far.
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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3203 on: August 29, 2020, 02:57:50 AM »
Are you guys serious? Thatís the second best track as far as Iím concerned :lol

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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3204 on: August 29, 2020, 05:51:21 AM »
After one listen, this is AOTY material. Iím sorry for all the albums I havenít heard yet, but topping this will be quite difficult. Wow!
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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3205 on: August 29, 2020, 05:56:06 AM »
The title track is seriously some of the most annoying music Iíve heard in a long while, wow.

Album is meh - okay for me, probably not revisiting
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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3206 on: August 29, 2020, 06:07:54 AM »
After one listen, this is AOTY material. Iím sorry for all the albums I havenít heard yet, but topping this will be quite difficult. Wow!
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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3207 on: August 29, 2020, 06:12:18 AM »
First spin was intriguing but difficult to grasp. Then it started growing on me fast.

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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3208 on: August 29, 2020, 06:21:27 AM »
I'm way too enamored with Virus right now. In comparison, everything else new sounds meh. Doesn't mean it's bad or that I might connect with it in the future, but right now it's not moving the dial at all.

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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3209 on: August 29, 2020, 08:19:52 AM »
Panther is a nice refreshing album. The entire way it's produced, and the darkness of the artwork all fit well into describing the vibe and sound of the music. The electronic sounds add an extra layer of atmosphere to the mood of the songs. It's weird but the video to Panther is also a perfect visualization of the vibe/mood of the album.

Panther is an odd song, but it works with the lyrics being what they're about and the music gives off the frustration of being a Panther in a dog's world.

I guess you could say I am enjoying this album, mainly the vibe and mood it sets.
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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3210 on: August 29, 2020, 11:43:08 AM »
It has already grown on me after second listen and the three singles are already not anymore my favourite three songs (Icon and Restless Boy are tied for 1st)
I understand the choice of the sound for artistic purposes, but sometimes I feel the instruments are too much buried under other noises..

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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3211 on: August 29, 2020, 03:55:56 PM »
Kinda confused at people calling this album "electronic."  The album i hear is like 90% organic instruments. 

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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3212 on: August 29, 2020, 05:11:58 PM »
I'm also not hearing this from the album as a whole. To me, only the 3 singles are influenced by electronic music. The rest of the album (76% of its running time) is much more influenced by the 70's and other more modern sounds, but very organic. Anyway, it's a great and very creative album, so I don't think this really matters.
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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3213 on: August 29, 2020, 06:27:31 PM »
Kinda confused at people calling this album "electronic."  The album i hear is like 90% organic instruments.
I'm loving the album, but the electronic influence was the very first thing I noticed about the album. That influence is fairly evident throughout the album. It may not straight up sound like Techno or Trance or EDM or anything like that, but the influence is definitely there.
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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3214 on: August 30, 2020, 06:45:48 AM »
Yeah for the most part the main feature of the influence is the modern-sounding synths which are present throughout, which gives off that sort of electronic sound but isn't itself electronic at all. The more directly electronic sounding things for me, which only occur in a few places, are either a digitised effect on the vocals or little glitches in the music. The first glitch happens in the final chorus of Accelerator and it's one of my favourite moments on the album and does (to me) kind of signal that electronic influence.

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« Reply #3215 on: August 30, 2020, 06:47:26 AM »
I've sort of chosen to hear the use of pitch correction in Wait as an extension of that electronic influence. I loathe those plug-ins generally, but when used for effect in the best PoS song in 18 years I can look past that. Unfuture, Species and Icon are also incredibly good, but every song appears to serve a purpose here. The entire album is delightfully potent and heavy in the feels in finest PoS fashion. Not only a forerunner for the best of 2020, but also among the band's finest work. I can see it breaching my top 5 easy.
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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3216 on: August 30, 2020, 06:59:26 AM »
I've sort of chosen to hear the use of pitch correction in Wait as an extension of that electronic influence.
Yeah definitely, effects like that in a few places throughout the album (I said "digitised effects" because it's not only that auto-tune effect in Wait, there are some others elsewhere).

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Re: Pain of Salvation thread, v.2 (merged)
« Reply #3217 on: August 30, 2020, 07:04:19 AM »
Took a few listens to get into the album and at this point I think its a solid addition to their collection.

I don't think its the album of the year, don't think its one of their best albums, and I don't think its a masterpiece.

Just a decent album with a new flavor that brings some fresh variety to their catalog.


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« Reply #3218 on: August 30, 2020, 10:11:45 AM »
I don't think it's the album of the year, but I do think its one of their best albums, though I'm not sure yet whether it's a masterpiece.

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« Reply #3219 on: August 30, 2020, 10:56:50 AM »
Am I the only one thinking that Daniel's voice is in far better shape again? More variable and with a bigger range than on Passing Light and The Sea Within.
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