To be able to
reveal the roots of Swedish Pain of Salvation, we have to go back to 1984
when vocalist/guitarist Daniel Gildenlow formed the band Reality at the
mere age of 11. Despite their youth they received attention in Swedish
media because of their musical capacity.
Mikael Pettersson, Daniel Magdic, Daniel Gildenlow,
At the fall of 1987 Reality
qualify to the Swedish Annual Music Contest "Rock-SM" (the same
contest that made Swedish “Europe” big in the early eighties) as the
youngest competitors ever. Daniel Gildenlow also wins the prize for Best
Vocalist. The same year the band attends the Beatles festival, also as the
In 1990 the band sees some
member shifts, as Magnus Johansson replaces Joakim at the bass, and Johan
Langell (then 14 years old) replaces the former drummer Mikael, as key
composers Gildenlöw/Magdic finds it difficult to fully implement their
ideas. Magnus Johansson leaves the band and is replaced by Gustaf Hielm (known
Magnus Johansson, Mikael Pettersson, Daniel Gildenlow, Daniel
1991.The band is performing live
as ”Pain of Salvation” for the first time, and between '91 and '94 the
band has some national success throughout several contests and
competitions, being finalists at worst and winners of most, always awarded
for their musical capability, varied material and vocal arrangements. Some
of the songs from this time can actually be found on "Entropia"
(Nightmist, Oblivion Ocean) and as Japanese bonus tracks on "One Hour
by the Concrete Lake".
In December 1994, Daniel
Gildenlow’s younger brother Kristoffer (then 16 years old) replaces
Gustaf Hielm at the bass. At this time, Pain of Salvation still seek to
complete their now well-working band with a keyboard player – but no one
seems to fit their needs.
Fredrik Hermansson, Daniel Magdic, Daniel Gildenlow, Kristoffer Gildenlow,
It takes to fall 1996 to find
the keyboard player they want, and with Fredrik Hermansson (then 20 years
old) Pain of Salvation is finally complete. They immediately enter a local
studio to record a demo, using both old and new material. Throughout the
preceding years, Pain of Salvation had recorded several tapes, but for the
first time ever they actually sends it to record companies, as they
finally are satisfied enough with the results. Perfectionists already.
The first two companies that the
band sends their demo to – Marquee/Belle Antique (Japan/Asia) and
Roasting House (Sweden) – are both very positive, and in early 1997,
Pain of Salvation records their first album ”Entropia” at the Roasting
House Studio in Malmoe. It is released in Asia in August 1997, but the
European fans had to wait for it until 1999. The album receives great
reviews all around the world.
Fredrik Hermansson, Daniel Gildenlow, Kristoffer Gildenlow, Johan Langell,
In January 1998, just one month
before the recording of "One Hour by the Concrete Lake," Daniel
Magdic and the rest of the band, after some months of disagreement,
decides to go separate ways. Johan Hallgren is asked to play on the album
and he faces the superhuman task of learning all the songs on such short
notice, but it works out so well that he becomes a full member of the
"One Hour by the Concrete
Lake" is released in Asia late 1998, in Europe in early 1999 and in
USA late 1999. This "master-piece" is highly praised (100/100
in Holland's biggest music magazine) and is the main reason for Pain
of Salvation being signed by the well-known record company InsideOut and
later on their US equivalent InsideOut America, formed by Dream Theater's
former manager Jim Pitulski. They go on a three-week European tour in
March 1999, together with British "Threshold" and Italian "Eldritch".
After a year of
good reviews, and a co-headline show at the Dutch ProgPower festival in
the fall of 1999, the band starts to put together new material for their
third album. They begin to record the material in late February 2000 and
the album is finished in June. Daniel makes all the artwork and
multimedia work for this large concept album, which is released in
September 2000, when they are on tour with Arena (UK).
During that same
tour, in Barcelona, Daniel falls and breaks two fingers on his left hand
pretty bad. Nevertheless, the band fulfills the tour, actually playing
more shows than originally planned. The photo(s) above are taken during
the last show of the tour, in Amsterdam, Holland. Note the cast on
In 2002, Pain of
Salvation headlined the ProgPower USA festival on the 24th of February,
and will headline the Dream Theater Fan Club Convention in Paris, May
19th. Later that year they played at the Dutch Dynamo festival, the
US Powermad and at ProgPower Europe in Holland (as headliners). They
will also do some touring in the world.
In 2003, Pain of
Salvation recorded the live album "12:5" which contains 16
Pain of Salvation-Songs in new arrangement. The concert was
played on May, 12th in Eskilstuna, Sweden and was completely acoustic.
Recently, Pain of
Salvation was working on the new concept album "BE". A whole
orchestra can be heard on the record which will be released on
September, 27th 2004 in Europe.