Abusive Parents: Both of the protagonists of The Perfect Element had them. "Used" is partially sung from the viewpoint of He's abusive father.
Anachronic Order: The songs on Remedy Lane are presented out of chronological order.
Entropia is the same due to an error in the booklet printing - the songs were meant to have markers to indicate where they fit in the chronology of events, but these were lost, leaving it a case of anybody's guess.
Daniel Gildenl÷w himself remarked to this troper that he "could (put the songs in chronological order)" but only if he had the booklet in his hands and some time to study it.
Breakup Song: Basically all of Remedy Lane, and several songs from their other albums.
Cluster F-Bomb: "Cribcaged", especially compared to most of their other songs which very rarely contain cursing.
Concept Album: All of them (with one exception - the Road Salt albums have been said to be concept albums, but they don't have a cohesive storyline like all the others).
Entropia deals with a family torn apart by war.
One Hour by the Concrete Lake is about a weapon manufacturer who realizes the ramifications of his job.
The Perfect Element is about two mentally disturbed people who fall in love with each other. It doesn't end well.
Remedy Lane is about the reawakening of a childhood romance, loosely based on events in Daniel's life.
"BE" is (mainly) about God becoming disappointed with his human creation and leaving them to fend for themselves.
Scarsick is a follow-up to The Perfect Element, and concentrates on the male protagonist from the original becoming disillusioned with modern life and celebrity culture.
Creator Backlash: Daniel has reluctantly stated that One Hour by the Concrete Lake is his least favorite Pain of Salvation album.
Creator Breakdown: Quite a lot of Remedy Lane deals with Daniel's past. The most obvious is "A Trace of Blood", which is about Daniel's wife having a miscarriage.
Downer Ending: Both parts of The Perfect Element. Part I ends with He killing his mother, being rejected by She and considering suicide. Scarsick ups the ante by having it end with the implication that He has committed suicide.
Epic Rocking: Unusually for a Progressive Metal band, they barely ever go over ten minutes, though they still do this all the time. "The Perfect Element" and "Dea Pecuniae" are the longest, both coming in at 10:09.
Eurovision Song Contest: They entered in Melodiefestivalen (the Swedish national final for the contest) in 2010. They reached the finals and came second, narrowly losing to Pernilla Wahlgren.
Wait darling wait, "You're the shit!" as they say in...
as they say at...
wherever they say that.
Gratuitous Disco Sequence: Track five on their album Scarsick is called "Disco Queen". It's a bizarre 7/8 grooving Disco song. With falsetto vocals. Which go "You're my DISCO QUEEN! Let's Disco! Ooh-ooh oo-ee oo-ee, AHHHHH!" Although this is, of course, ming-mong Kryptonite, it's actually pretty good. They used it as an encore for the entire tour. It is extremely entertaining to watch the big, hairy, tattooed metalheads do the John Travolta-dance from Saturday Night Fever during said song.
Precision F-Strike: Arguably all of Scarsick, given how profanity-laden it is compared to the band's previous output. However, there's also the extended version of the track "No Way" from Road Salt One - "There is no way that you can FUUUCK her like I can!"
Revolving Door Band: Daniel is the only consistent member. Though the lineup of Daniel, Johan Hallgren, Fredrik Hermansson, Johan Langell and Kristoffer Gildenlow did last for 9 years.