Here we have 54 minutes of progressive rock that’s laced prominently with electronica. For such a well-known and long-serving band, I’m not really that familiar with Pain of Salvation, and I have to say that Panther makes me regret this, as it’s a very strong record indeed.
The songs are rich in emotion and have been carefully and thoughtfully written. Although there are certainly catchy and memorable moments aplenty, Panther is the sort of release that requires multiple spins before it starts to give up its true rewards.
This is a diverse and well-crafted album that contains much depth of content. The album is best experienced holistically, as it takes the listener on a journey through many different soundscapes across its running time. There are so many textured vistas to explore on Panther that it’s hard to know where to start, so it’s best to just go from the beginning, sit back, and take it all in.
I’ve really enjoyed getting to know this album, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy getting to know it even better in the future. If you’re a fan of progressive rock, especially if it’s heavily flavoured with electronica, then this is an essential listen.