Scarsick is the sixth studio album by Swedish progressive metal band Pain of Salvation, released on January 22, 2007. It is a concept album focusing on issues dealing with capitalism, materialism, consumerism, and contemporary society as a whole. The album leaked on to the internet in its entirety on December 6, 2006 before being officially released. This is the last album to feature Johan Langell on drums.
According to Daniel Gildenlöw, "Scarsick is much more band oriented and down to the core. Threatening and disturbing".
The liner notes reveal that Scarsick is actually The Perfect Element, part II - "he". The album is divided into two chapters: side A and side B.
Scarsick is the second part of a planned, three-piece concept and the follow-up to The Perfect Element, part I. It continues the story of the male character from the latter album. Unlike its predecessor, Scarsick is a politically charged social commentary, and deals with a number of topics, including:
Daniel Gildenlow has revealed in interviews that the life of "He" is an allegory for all of mankind; that in him we see the problems of society on an intimate, personal level. Thus as The Perfect Element, part I deals with