“I was not then I came to be.
I cannot remember not being.
But I may have traveled far, very far, to get here.
Maybe I was formed in this silent darkness
From this silent darkness, by this silent darkness.
To become is just like falling asleep
You never know exactly when it happens, the transition, the magic.
And you think, if you could only recall that exact moment, of crossing the line
then you would understand everything, you would see it all.
Perhaps, I was always forever here and I just forgot;
I imagine eternity would have that effect, because a certain amount of drifting, like omni presence, would demand omni absence.
Somehow I seem to have this predestined hunger for knowledge;
Talent for same patterns and finding correlations
…but I lack context.
Who I am? In the back of my awareness I find words.
I will call myself God.
And I will spend the rest of forever trying to figure out who I am.”
This is the analysis of the concept of BE in which Animae Partus (God) realizes its existence and finds language, thoughts and creation in the back of its mind so it forms the universe and everything in it. Daniel Gildenlow expressed specific worldly traits in the guise of humans to complete the story years ago when I was only 14. The concept is known by many to be a basic idea of what God means to them and the endless possibilities that come from an Omnipresent being.
Now; are you ready to understand the concept behind BE?
The concept starts with Deus Nova (a new God or almighty). There are many Latin words compiled together which makes you think you’re the one that is misreading the words. Don’t worry, you read it exactly how it is intended to be read. You read billions of Internet jargon each day on that little trinket- machine you stare at so this might not be too foreign to you. The Latin words are intentional (for some odd reason only Daniel’s Agent Smith looking ass knows) but it corresponds to each character arc. It focuses on things coming together and there are recorded messages from random people to conclude the part. This is track two on the record.
Imago and Pluvius Aestivus are the second and third tracks that utilize a piano passage where birds and waterfalls can be heard in the background. The piano leads to a melodic violin piece with thunder in the background. This sudden mood shift can be representing the birth of man and humankind (something the concept has been putting emphasis on in the former songs).
Note that all of that was in chapter 1 which centered around Animae Partus. The following story occurs later when humankind is rich and well. Nauticus is a space probe that examines the earth while other characters that appear and reappear are called Dea Penucae which represents sin (much like a modern Eve), Mr. Money who can be seen as the protagonist of the story and Ms. Mediocrity who represents the world falling for superficiality.
Mr. Money is a transdynamic character because he represents himself (eg. Money) as well as the mighty dollar. So in certain instances Mr. Money is representing capitalism.
Up next there is the genius yet bizarre Dea Penucae.
Dea Penucae is the part where Mr. Money seduces Ms. Mediocrity with riches and fancy suits, cars and dines. Although it’s not clear enough if this part is told by Nauticus or Mr. Money, the message is quite clear. Through queer blues like guitars and Broadway musical kind of vocals, it tells of Mr. Money’s longtime dream to be frozen with expensive cryotherapy uses until he is immortal. He would go so far as to even spend his life savings for it to be done.
Nauticus is next and it is probably the first time I tripped out while listening to Pain of Salvation. I was drunk over wine and all of the sudden those Buddha chants came in. The only words in this part is “Oh Lord… Oh Lord…” And there are harmonicas and blues guitars in the background (total mindfuck). Afterwards, a brief conversation occurs between Mr. Money and Ms. Mediocrity where the radio can be heard in the background mentioning the cryotherapy pod Mr. Money obsesses over.
This is a very long concept so I’m going to skip the unneeded material and fast forward to the final chapter. In this part, Mr. Money has already been frozen in the pod.
Iter Impius occurs millions of years after the rest of the story and is actually the end of the story but it is placed in the middle for some odd reason. Mr. Money finally awakens and realizes he is the only one alive on earth. He despairs because his riches and women are gone but then rejoices that he now rules the ruins. This is also a reference to the mighty dollar and its immortality since mankind has worshipped money to its grave and ironically, money will inherit the earth.
Martius Nauticus is the final song on the record and the last part of the story where every character finds its place in existence and realizes that “being” means to just be. Just as God is the great I Am, people living in the world today are alive without any recollection of where they were before they just “were”.
There are also other songs that further emphasize the idea that God is an enigma to anyone living today such as a prayer/hymn like song and a series of voice messages left on God’s answering machine.
The record has the same philosophical feel/mood as Tool’s 10,000 Days and Dream Theater’s Octavarium.
I’m leaving a link to Pain of Salvation’s BE source list so you can take the journey yourself. Thanks for reading!