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Dan Swanö


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.89 | 54 ratings

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Tristan Mulders
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3 stars Dan Swanö - Moontower

So this is what you get when you mix all the various Swanö ingredients?? Take 7/10 of Nightingale's neo prog; mix this with 1/10 of experimental thinking and to round things off add 2/10 of his death metal works. et voilà: "Moontower"

I know for sure that if it weren't for the vocals this album/artist would not be categorised as progressive metal. Most of the music included here sounds a lot like IQ; but instead of the clean vocals you normally are familiar with for neo prog, this release here features death metal grunt vocals. Okay, hope that did not scare you completely. this does not mean all the vocals are of the 'cookie monster' type, in fact there are some clean vocals included here, but that's a strict minority.

Most of the instrumentation on this album (which is by the way all done by Swanö himself, in that aspect this really is his solo project) sounds so friendly and enjoyable that most listeners probably wouldn't mind the addition of the death metal vocals. I surely did not at least and I guess this release therefore would work as a great introduction for bands like Edge of Sanity (another Swanö project) and Opeth, both great progressive bands but also still somewhat within death metal territory).

Tristan Mulders | 3/5 |


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