Pain Of Salvation | One Hour by the Concrete Lake (1999)
Jan 27th 2010 Rami Rouhana Band/Album Reviews

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Pain of Salvation is a progressive rock band from Eskilstuna, Sweden. The band centres on lead vocalist, guitarist, composer, and writer Daniel Gildenlöw. Trademarks include concept albums focusing on social, environmental, philosophical, and emotional issues as well as songs that incorporate complex rhythms and time changes but retain flowing melodies. The band was formed by Gildenlöw in 1984 under the name Reality. The band used to participate in many music contests in their homeland of Sweden. Read more on

Who are Pain Of Salvation?

Pain of Salvation is a swedish metal band with Daniel Gildenlow as main composer and lyrics writer. Daniel is mainly behind the concept of every Pain of Salvation album.


One Hour by the concrete lake is their second album, released in 1998 in Asia and Daniel’s least favorite album. One Hour by the Concrete lake is about the weapons industry, war, nuclear waste, water, nature and sacred lands of the Natives.

The title “One Hour by the Concrete Lake” is inspired from lake Karachay in the former USSR where nuclear waste was disposed in huge amounts to the point that the lake was so infected. Its was deicided that the lake would be all covered with cement to decrease the nuclear radiation coming from it. Few years later the concrete cracked and nuclear emission measured was far higher than any point on earth. It is thought that standing for one hour next to the lake will cause death few days later.


If you have recently seen the movie Avatar it has alot of common topics with this album , starting from the use of weapons to the invasion of other’s lands for the “gold” in it.

Such topics are never found in any other music and in the history of pop music there was few tracks touching this subject, one of them is “Earth Song” by Micheal Jakson.

The Album contains 11 tracks and here is my description of the album music:

1. Spirit of the Land 0:43

Just a keyboard digital chorus that set you in the mood and links to the next track

2. Inside 6:12

Starts with a beautiful rythm on drum cymbals , keyboard comes in with a repetitive melody, drums and finally guitars. After few seconds this intro ends and beat slow down , keyboard effect is added and vocals of Daniel appear. This track has a very weird composition and amazing lyrics.Every word is backed by the right music and giving it the right intensity it deserves. At minute 3 and 43 seconds Daniel recites few facts about the past “Since 1990 there have been 93 wars in 70 states all around the world, with 5.5 million people dead. 75% of these people were civilians, 1 million of them were children.” The music reflects sadness in this part and the vocals of Daniel are so perfect after that where sadness then anger is reflected. I rate it 9/10.

3. The Big Machine 4:21

Starts with very simple guitar lines and Daniel screaming “Cry”.Allot of digital effects are used in this track especially for the vocals and chorus and bass guitar. This track is mainly progressive rock.The ending is beautiful with the repetition of ” What if we loose control ?”and in the end “What if we stop”… I say words of conscience.I rate it 7/10.

4. New Year’s Eve 5:37

Weird, simple and beautiful guitar intro.Moves suddenly into an agressive style and then back to some calm status.Keys are always in the background sustaining the weird mood. Very creative drum lines and then a pure prog section of confusion.

If you’re interested, check out the rest of the album!

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  • henrique

    Great review, though I definetly wouldn’t rate the songs like the reviewer did. I didn’t enjoy Home or Black Hills all that much. Handful of Nothing and Inside are the ones that I find truly perfect, though I love Water and Inside Out too.

  • Sproeikoei

    I like your perspective on things, and i agree with your arguments, but not your ratings =/ Overall a great review (Words say more then numbers right?)

    PS. New Year’s Eve is a bass intro.



  • Dana Halabi

    I actually really like how they sound ! Thanks for the review! Can’t wait for their 2010 album 🙂 !

  • Patrick ziade

    That’s actually a great track. They improved a lot.
    I find them globally uninteresting for the exception of some few awesome songs. They are nothing compared to DT.
    Thought their new materials seem awesome, they seem to have evolved into a more catchy band. This is what really matters after all

  • randomname

    This review looks interesting, but I think that there is a bit too much of your personal stuff, which, I think, shoudn’t be in a good review. But this one may be good for people who know you or maybe personal blog. 🙂
    Btw, I didn’t know that album is somehow connected to lake Karachay, and it looks like that lake is a very interesting place. =) Thanks for interesting information. :]

  • Crazy Ivan

    Funny thing. This is not lake Karachai on the photos. Karachai is very small and never was covered with concrete. Write your songs about your stupid gnomes and throlls and leave our pain to us, you commercial fu***.

  • sorry Ivan . There are several documents on the net that confirm karachay being filled by concrete . The third picture posted is taken by me from google earth.

    Your Pain is my pain too Ivan . Wether commercial or not … And I am sure we are far from anything commercial …

    Btw the new PoS album ,although I am a big fan , is pretty much commercial .

  • @Sproeikoei

    Its actually a “Parker Guitar” , not bass .

    Confirmed and played live by Daniel Gildenlow.