MetalBite Review by Adam M on 2/3/2017 3:04:42 PM
Pain of Salvation has the progressive mood to match their namesake. In the Passing Light of Day is a deep and emotional journey that has many twists and turns along the way. The songs vary in volume as there are quiet and louder tracks. The entirety of the album works because the variety always causes the listener to tune in at utmost amount.
The soft moments are serene and the louder moments rock out hard. The entirety of the album is one that constantly has the proper mood for each moment. There are many poignant heavier moments, but it’s the final track of the album that leaves you with the most satisfaction by ending the album on such a somber note. The buildup towards this track is always changing and consistently interesting, however. The album certainly isn’t an easy listen and it takes multiple listens for the notes to sink in completely. There is a certain amount of depth to songs that get better the second time around, however. The album shows an ability to endear itself atmospherically in a way that makes what’s around the next corner compelling. Musicianship is solid with excellent guitar playing, drums and the addition of keys at the appropriate moment. There isn’t much to complain about with the album. One wishes the band would be more progressive as it seems they take some of these songs to areas a band like Faith No More would be comfortable with. A more pure showcase of progressive talents might improve the album, but it also might not. It also seems that some moments are more memorable than others, but this can be overlooked.
The entirety of the album is a strong progressive platter that has the right amount of variety to please just about any listener. Fans of progressive metal need to take note of In the Passing Light of Day.
Rating: 8 out of 10