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  RAGNAR ZOLBERG LEAVES PAIN OF SALVATION, JOHAN HALLGREN REJOINS
Andy Rawll
3rd May 2017



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Pain Of Salvation just before the line-up change...

Icelandic musician Ragnar Zolberg has confirmed on social media that he has left popular Swedish prog Metal band Pain Of Salvation by mutual consent. This was confirmed by band leader Daniel Gildenlow on the Pain Of Salvation Facebook page.

Zolberg joined the band in 2012, following the departure of original guitarist Johan Hallgren for family reasons. His charismatic stage presence, guitar skills and vocal range were widely appreciated.

In 2014, when Daniel's health was severely compromised by a potentially life threatening infection, Ragnar stood-in as lead vocalist at the Prog Nation at Sea festival. Most significantly, he co-wrote the music for the recent 'In The Passing Light Of Day' album that many recognise as a strong return to form following a series of lack-lustre releases.

The extent of his contribution is apparent from the melodic themes on songs like 'On A Tuesday' and 'Meaningless', which appear fully formed on early versions with his previous band. When combined with Daniel's haunting lyrics, the expert arrangements and exquisite performances from the band, it's no surprise that the album has garnered such acclaim.





As ever, there are two sides to the story and sadly, it appears that the root cause relates to Ragnar's dissatisfaction with the artistic and financial recognition of his work with the band. This is also a reflection of the harsh commercial realities of the Metal scene, where even successful bands struggle to break even after the costs of recording and touring are taken into consideration.

It would be a great shame if the great momentum, achieved by the band with the new album and scintillating recent live performances, cannot be maintained.

Johan Hallgren has agreed to rejoin the band after a five year absence. Not only does this allow the band to complete forthcoming tour dates, it also stabilises the line-up. However, during Hallgren's previous tenure, Daniel was the sole songwriter on the large majority of albums like 'Remedy Lane'.

It remains to be seen whether the lack of a writing partner will spur Daniel on to further creative highs or whether he need to seek contributors from outside the band to ensure strong follow-up to 'In The Passing Light Of Day'. What we do know, from his brush with death in 2014, is that Daniel is a fighter and a survivor and will take the band forward, whatever the adversity.

As for Ragnar, the profile and respect of his musical gifts that he gained during his time with the band are invaluable. As a result, many will be looking forward to whatever project he embarks upon during the next phase in his career.









MONSTERS OF ROCK IN FULL FLIGHT SURE TO BECOME FUTURE COLLECTOR'S ITEM

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Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.












 


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