Swedish progressive rock/metal innovators PAIN OF SALVATION will release their long-awaited new studio album, "In The Passing Light Of Day", on Friday, January 13, 2017, via their longtime label partners InsideOut Music.
The official video for the album's first single, "Meaningless" — produced by Joakim S. Hammond and Love Fagerstedt for Lynx Pictures — can be seen below.
Commented PAIN OF SALVATION: "We feel very proud to release the first video for the upcoming album 'In The Passing Light Of Day'. Love and Joakim and the entire film team have made a tremendous work. In it, you will also see some wonderful PAIN OF SALVATION fans, whom we want to send extra warm thanks to! Let the journey begin, into the passing light of day. Enter 'Meaningless'."
Working together with acclaimed producer Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) at Dugout Studio in Sweden, the band has crafted an album that sees PAIN OF SALVATION returning to its much-praised heavier sound, featuring the syncopated rhythms, glorious melodies, and intensely personal themes that PAIN OF SALVATION fans have long loved about the band.
Inextricably linked to the near-fatal illness that band leader Daniel Gildenlöw spent much of the first half of 2014 recovering from, the album is an altogether darker and more impassioned journey. Taking the hospital bed as a narrative hub, the lyrical and musical themes touch on all the conflicting feelings that run through a person's mind when presented with the prospect of death and the passing of life.
Gildenlöw comments: "What started off as an annoying infection has, in just hours, suddenly pivoted into the very real possibility of my actual dying." That's not to say, however, that all this record presents is blackness. "This album also shows the beauty of the transition, of the inevitable. And of the hope of a tomorrow, the hope of change, no matter how frail and naive that hope may be."
In the past six years since the release of "Road Salt Two", fans hope for new PAIN OF SALVATION output has truly been tested. But their perseverance, as well as that of Daniel Gildenlöw and his band, has been rewarded with perhaps the most stunning album of their career.
The album will be available as a special edition 2CD mediabook (including expanded 48-pages booklet, several in-depth texts by conceptual author Daniel Gildenlöw, demo material and band commentary tracks), standard jewelcase CD, gatefold 180g 2LP vinyl plus album on CD as bonus and digital download.
"In The Passing Light Of Day" track listing:
01. On A Tuesday
02. Tongue Of God
04. Silent Gold
05. Full Throttle Tribe
07. Angels Of Broken Things
08. The Taming Of A Beast
09. If This Is The End
10. The Passing Light Of Day
A teaser for "In The Passing Light Of Day" is available below:
The album's first single/video will be released on November 18.
PAIN OF SALVATION 2016 is:
Daniel Gildenlöw - vocals, guitars
Ragnar Zolberg - guitars, vocals
Daniel D2 Karlsson - keyboards, backing vocals
Gustaf Hielm - bass, backing vocals
Léo Margarit - drums, backing vocals
Photo credit: Lars Ardarve