38. Beyond the pale (Pain of Salvation)

The Swedish progressive metal band Pain of Salvation (image credit) is widely recognized as one the genre's leading bands. Their fourth album Remedy Lane from 2002 is one of their best, and the closing song Beyond the pale is superior over anything they have done. The original start, a repetitive simple guitar riff, sets the scene for a song with bewildering changes of pace and mood, full of energy and breathtaking moments, and with an intimacy in the lyrics that I cannot do justice in a short summary. The song ends with one of the greatest lines ever: "We will always be so much more human than we wish to be".

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: not applicable.


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