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Pain Of Salvation: Panther
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Pain Of Salvation: Panther

Progressive Rock
4.0/5.0

Once more we return to the wonderful, strange, and sometimes wacky musical world of founder, vocalist, and principal songwriter Daniel Gildenlow and his Pain Of Salvation. Panther, the band's eleventh album, features new guitarist Johan Hallgren who replaced the departing Ragnar Zolberg in 2017. Gildenlow describes Panther as a "concept piece that delves into the conflicts and contradictions between so-called normal people and those who are wired entirely differently."

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Panther also finds Gildenlow up to his usual and unusual musical mischief. He can't stand still nor rest on past accomplishments or musical ideas. Nope. He needs to find new sounds to make his songs and Pain Of Salvation new and different. For lovers of progressive music that's what we want, even if Gildenlow's compositions are equally eclectic, entertaining, and sometimes confounding notions. That's to say, while I like what I hear, I often don't understand what I'm hearing. I found this with the mostly vocal, synth and poly-rhythmic Accelerator, the slogging bass driven Unfuture, or the heavy synth rock and rap vocals of the title track. Is that banjo, guitar, or sitar in the short instrumental Fur? Species seems more deliberate in its intentions, musically soft in the front half, then expansive, heavy and dense in the second half, yet with little appeal. The lengthy Icon offers somewhat more familiar prog territory with the ebb and flow of rhythm and groove, timing and tempo, and juxtapositioning of voice and instrumentation. And it has an actual guitar solo, which is probably why I liked it best.

All said, if you like your progressive music to be eccentric, eclectic, creative, and unhindered by monolithic musical conventions, you will be pleased with Daniel Gildenlow and Pain Of Salvation's Panther.



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The Bottom Line

If you like your progressive music to be eccentric, eclectic, creative, and unhindered by monolithic musical conventions, you will be pleased with Daniel Gildenlow and Pain Of Salvation's Panther.

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