Various rumors about Pain of Salvation’s next album have been blown away by this message:
“The name of the coming album will be Scarsick, and the band is focusing on the songs right now, to be recorded during the coming months. Daniel describes the albums as much more band oriented and down to the core. Threatening and disturbing. The picture above is the only part of the cover art that has been revealed so far. Now all you can do is wait...”
This cancels their next album as being the second part of “The Perfect Element”, as well as floats the question of their lack of bass player since Kristoffer recently left the band.
The band's own statement:
"We are a band who loves to play music together, and who values being a real band rather than a project that functions on distance. Being a tight unit welded together musically and personally is an important part of the band's soul; and constantly being decimated while composing, rehearsing, and even recording, simply proved impossible in the long run.
Kristoffer has grown to become a tremendous bass player during the years with Pain of Salvation and it is with sadness that we now see him go, but since this logistic situation will not change within the coming years, we unfortunately see no other choice."
Regarding this bass player situation, the band has posted a list of requirements for anyone who wants to play with them in the news section on their site.