PAIN OF SALVATION vocalist/guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw will no longer partake in the as-yet-unnamed progressive rock supergroup featuring DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, CHROMA KEY/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Kevin Moore, and bassist Sean Malone (GORDIAN KNOT, CYNIC).
"In April I was contacted by Jim Matheos of FATES WARNING. He asked me if I would want to be part of a project together with him and Mike Portnoy, and after hearing the material I said yes," explains Gildenlöw in a message posted at the band's official web site. "The full line-up of this project turned out to be Jim Matheos (FATES WARNING), Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER), Kevin Moore (CHROMA KEY, ex-DREAM THEATER), Sean Malone (GORDIAN KNOT, CYNIC) and myself. In good company. My role would be as a vocalist and co-composer, and I created vocal melodies and lyrics for a 26-minute song and another song, and wrote one track entirely. As it happened, Matheos decided two days before my flight over to New York that he would have Kevin do all the vocals instead, since we had so different styles. I just wanted to explain this to clarify that I did not quit the project, and there were no hard feelings or disagreements between us. Matheos liked what I did, but simply, and unfortunately for me, wanted to take the project in a slightly different direction than he first intended. Anyway, it was an honor in the first place to be chosen for a project like this. Looking at it from a perspective it is comforting to see that they obviously must have picked me because of what I do and not because of my name or nativity. The only other reason would be because of my looks, and I think it goes without saying that that is out of the question."
In other news, PAIN OF SALVATION are currently finalizing videos for the tracks "Undertow" and "Ending Theme", both of which were conceptualized by Gildenlöw and filmed by Rainer Holmgren, who also lensed the group's "Ashes" clip.