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Daniel Gildenlöw

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Daniel Gildenlöw
Gildenlöw performing with Pain of Salvation
Gildenlöw performing with Pain of Salvation
Background information
Born (1973-06-05) 5 June 1973 (age 51)
Eskilstuna, Sweden
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • Vocals
  • guitars
  • lute
  • mandolin
  • bass
  • keyboards
  • piano
  • sampling
  • drums
  • percussion
Years active1984–present
Member ofPain of Salvation, The Sea Within
Formerly ofThe Flower Kings

Daniel Gildenlöw (born 5 June 1973 in Eskilstuna) is a Swedish musician and songwriter. He is best known as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for the progressive rock band Pain of Salvation.[1] In the band, he is the main songwriter, lead singer, lead guitar player, and the mastermind behind each album's concept. He was also an official member of the band the Flower Kings but was forced to leave before their 2005 US tour because he was opposed to US-VISIT which requires submitting one's own biometric data first before entering the country.[2]


  • 1984 – Gildenlöw formed the band Reality at age 11.
  • 1991 – The name Reality was changed to Pain of Salvation.
  • 1997 – Pain of Salvation released their first album, Entropia.
  • 2001 – Gildenlöw formed part of the touring incarnation of Transatlantic during their European tour.
  • 2002 – Gildenlöw appeared as a guest member of The Flower Kings, providing vocals, guitar, keyboards and percussion, both on tour and on recordings.
  • 2002 – Pain of Salvation headlined the second night of ProgPower II USA.
  • 2004 – Pain of Salvation played ProgPower V USA, performing right before headliners Edguy.
  • 2004 – Gildenlöw is now regarded as an official member of the Flower Kings.
  • 2005 – Gildenlöw left the Flower Kings for political reasons.
  • 2006 – Gildenlöw lent his voice on the track "Threnody for an Endling" on Axamenta's album Ever-arch-i-tech-ture.
  • 2006 – Mayones endorsed Gildenlöw's signature guitar, "Elements".
  • 2007 – Gildenlöw lent his voice on the track "Repentance" on Dream Theater's album Systematic Chaos.
  • 2008 – Gildenlöw participated on the Ayreon album 01011001.
  • 2010 – Gildenlöw performed with Transatlantic during their Whirld Tour.
  • 2014 – Gildenlöw contracted a life-threatening flesh eating bacteria. Hospitalized in Uppsala, Sweden, he was forced to sit out of Transatlantic's KaLIVEoscope tour.
  • 2017 – Pain of Salvation released their album, In the Passing Light of Day, based upon Gildenlöw's depression while hospitalized.
  • 2020 – Pain of Salvation released their new album Panther.


Gildenlöw performing in 2004

Pain of Salvation[edit]


  • GMC Out in the Fields (2002) (guitar on Don Chinos)

The Flower Kings[edit]

Crypt of Kerberos[edit]

  • The Macrodex of War (2005) (compilation)

Daniele Liverani[edit]

  • Genius: A Rock Opera – Episode 1: A Human into a Dream World (vocals), as Twinspirit n.32
  • Genius: A Rock Opera – Episode 2: In Search of the Little Prince (2004) (vocals), as Twinspirit n.32
  • Genius: A Rock Opera – Episode 3: The Final Surprise (2007) (vocals), as Twinspirit n.32


  • Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture (2006) (vocals, vocal melodies/arrangements on the eighth track, "Threnody for an Endling")

Spastic Ink[edit]


Dream Theater[edit]

Various artists[edit]

  • ProgAID – All around the World (2005) (vocals)

Hammer of the Gods[edit]

  • Two Nights in North America (2006) (vocals)



For All We Know[edit]


  • Dove Tutto È Possibile (2012) (vocals on "L'Assenza (Roses and Thorns)")

The Sea Within[edit]


  • The Persistence (2018) (vocals on "Night's Descending")


  1. ^ Hill, Gary. "Biography: Pain of Salvation". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  2. ^ "DPRP Specials : Roine Stolt : Interview 2006". Dprp.net. Retrieved 28 July 2014.