|Dec., 23rd 05
||Year Report by Daniel
||Taken from the official POS-site:
YEAR REPORT 2005
A little 2005 summary from me (Daniel) and the
band, to all our beloved and dedicated fans out there, who makes our
And so another year is coming to an end, and we look back on a very nice
year on the whole. The two tours in Europe went down really well, and the
French crowd managed to reach a staggering 116 decíbel! That's about four
or five times as loud as you are normally allowed to play in a venue, just
for the record... It was also great to come to Brazil - finally! After so
many years of eager fan mail we could be there in the flesh. We hope that
the Curitiba cancellation was sorted out in the end so the fans know it
was not our fault.
It has been a year of political discussion, due to my refusal to submit to
finger printing to enter USA, and thus staying at home for the Flower
Kings tour. On the other hand, the support in this matter from my fellow
band members in POS has been very heart warming, and the huge positive
feedback from fans around the world has been a surprising energy booster.
Even fans in the US have voiced their support, along with a disappointment
about the results of course. All-in-all, this decision has probably cost
me a lot, but it has given me unexpected support too, and I do not regret
standing my ground in this issue. If I don't, how can I expect others to
stand up for what they believe in?
The updating of the home page has not been that frequent, we know. We
apologize for that. But on the other hand, since we are running the
Kingdom ourselves (and it's getting too big for us to grasp) this usually
indicates that we are busy doing a lot of other things that will in the
end be beneficial for our fans. This year, apart from the touring, we have
started sorting out new material and I have done some major reconstructing
of the studio. All of which will result in lovely music in your ears
We have seen the awakening of the new international fan club Machinah,
under which all the national fan clubs are gathered. We are looking
forward to follow the development of this growing family in the coming
years. We know for a fact that they are working on the next fanzine as I
This year has also seen the band become endorsed by FireWire Strings from
Canada, and Kristoffer being endorsed by impressive Mayones from Poland.
While on this topic, and without giving away too much already, I think I
can safely say that 2006 will contain some nice surprises for our guitar
playing fans, since I will work closely with a guitar company to produce a
special limited edition, hand built guitar model according to my needs and
specifications. Start saving your money...
On the whole, we are looking at a very interesting 2006 from the point we
are standing right now. I know, we have a better view, but rest assure
that you will enjoy the next year, hopefully as much as we will. We are
working on some great material and we have some other nice surprises up
our sleeves too. We will not make the mistake of giving out any
resolutions for the new year about what we will do - we will simply just
do it. And we hope you'll allow us to do it to you...
I will end this little summary by wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year, from myself, the band, and the whole Pain of Salvation
family! See you on the other end of New Year's Eve, for the 2006 edition
of Pain of Salvation.
||Taken from the official POS-site:
"BE"-DVD realese in April
And so, there is finally a time of release set for the long awaited
"BE" DVD. In the first days of April it will be available; just
before the planned European tour.
The DVD consists of the Original Stage Production, which was filmed during
one of the last performances. It was performed on a specially built stage,
just for this occasion, and was quite impressive. People came from all
corners of the world to see this unique show, and since it will never
again be performed like this, the DVD offers the possibility to get at
least a hint of how it was for all of those who never had a chance to see
In addition to the show there is a pile of extra material like commentary
tracks, slideshows, a bunch of Messages to God (in addition to the ones in
Vocari Dei) never heard before, and quite a lot of hidden features and
Easter Eggs. Simply a Must-Have.
Tour in April/May
Pain of Salvation will finally go on a headline tour. As far as anybody
knows at this point, the tour is planned to happen between mid April and
early May. Being a European tour, it will stop by all "The Most
Typical European Tour Countries" as Daniel puts it. Poland and
Hungary are on top of the band's "Wanted" list since they have
never played headline shows there. Keep your fingers crossed and check out
the Tour section every once in a while.
Reactions on "BE"
So, some time has passed since the release of "BE" - by far
the most ambitious and most thought-through work coming out of Pain of
Salvation this far. How was the reactions so far?
Daniel: "I must say I am positively surprised. I mean, this might
sound a bit 'high horses' and all that, but I honestly didn't think people
would be able to see the grandness of this album for at least a year. Our
previous albums have taken quite some time for the press and fans to
digest and we have experienced several times - a ridiculous amount of
times as far as I can see compared to other bands - how professional press
makes a revision of their first lukewarm review over a year later. And
even with that knowledge we knew that this album was even more risky than
the others. I was preparing for being torn to pieces and have our
recognition for this piece of work two years from now at its earliest -
and then, to our surprise, but according to our hopes of course, we get a
lot of overwhelming response. Sure, there have been a few Don't-Get-Its,
but fewer than we thought.
One thing that makes me happy is to see the female part of our fans grow
with every album, that is almost unheard of in the male dominated genre of
prog metal where we have been placed. Also, the age span of our fans is
unbelievably wide. Now I only hope to see the caucasian dominance
challenged in the future. I am certain that our music has the potential to
hit home in more places than you'd initially think."
For those who are interested, there are numerous reviews and interviews
online by now - they will start showing up here in the Kingdom too for
those who don't know how to use Google ;)
||InsideOut postet new PoS-Tourdates:
||PoS played an awesome setlist on ProgPower V:
In the Flesh
A Trace of Blood
Spirit of the Land
People Passing By
Beyond the Pale
||Just read the news Daniel posted today &
Quote from Daniel:
I guess we can finally give away for sure that there is in fact a Pain of
Salvation DVD on its way. The "BE" DVD will be out hopefully as
soon as this December, and will really complete the "BE" world
in a very nice way - it will most likely contain a live CD of
"BE" as well and a lot more booklet information and pictures,
and is thus the ultimate "BE" box together with the studio album,
which is being released late September. This is by far the best and most
original and brainy stuff that's ever come out of the band. It will be
truly painful having to knock it down the ladder with our coming albums...
||"BE": DVD-release now confirmed
||According to InsideOut, there will be a "BE"-DVD
which should be
released at the beginning of 2005.
“Be” has also passed the acid test long ago:
Already before the studio recordings Pain of Salvation presented the work
on several occasions in front of an enthusiastic audience in their home
town Eskilstuna. “For three weeks we performed the music in front of
local school classes twice on Mondays and Thursdays, and on weekends in
front of a rock and classic audience. It seems that everybody was deeply
impressed. I think, however, in order to grasp every detail of the show
one would have to watch it three or four times. Pain
Of Salvation has precautionary hired a camera crew to document one of
their shows, so that the DVD of “Be”, which is planned for release at
the beginning of next year, will offer the possibility to further explore
the matter. But you can already immerse yourself into the
mysterious world of sound and ideas with the CD on hand here and now."
||"BE": Artwork, Release Date
||According to InsideOut, "BE" should be
released on September, 27th 2004 in Europe.
The release of a DVD is not confirmed yet.
1. Animae Partus
2. Deus Nova
4. Pluvius Aestivus
5. Lilium Cruentus
7. Dea Pecuniae
8. Vocari Dei
15.Animae Partus II