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Edge of Sanity

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Twilight (7:51)
2. Of Darksome Origin (5:02)
3. Blood-Colored (4:00)
4. Silent (5:05)
5. Black Tears (3:15)
6. Elegy (3:57)
7. Velvet Dreams (7:10)
8. Enter Chaos (2:24)
9. The Sinner and the Sadness (3:06)
10. Song of Sirens (2:33)

Total Time: 43:03

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Line-up / Musicians

- Dan Swano / vocals, guitars
- Andreas Axelsson (aka Dread) / guitar, vocals
- Sami Nerberg / guitar
- Anders Lindberg / bass
- Benny Larsson (aka Winter) / drums

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CD Black Mark Cat#61(1994)

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EDGE OF SANITY Purgatory Afterglow ratings distribution


3.69
(52 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
16%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(59%)
59%
Good, but non-essential (16%)
16%
Collectors/fans only (4%)
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Poor. Only for completionists (6%)
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Review by Trickster F.
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Although I do not understand why many Swanoheads consider this to be the best album by Edge Of Sanity, I have to admit this is a great experience. Compared to its successor, Crimson, released two years after, this is a weaker effort lyrically, technically and conceptually.

I really enjoy this album, but its progressiveness, honestly speaking, is rather questionable. Besides the synth in the first track, which, in my point of view, is the only progressive song here, the album is just a great melodic Death Metal record in the style of Dark Tranquility. The riffs and melodies are written incredibly well, the choruses are very catchy, and Dan's extreme vocals are much better than on any of the previous releases. I know this isn't an aspect to attract Progressive Rock fans towards this album, but they are quite possibly the greatest done in the genre. Dan also sings "cleanly" on three tracks - Twilight, Blood-Coloured and Black Tears. For the people unfamiliar with the Swedish mastermind: Dan Swano's clean singing sounds a lot like David Coverdale, who seems to be a common influence even among the manliest metal musicians of Sweden.

Joking aside, the tracks here vary from 'excellent' to 'average'. The highest point of the album is the very first track, Twlight, with its beautiful and hauntingly mysterious synth parts and clean vocals, amazing melodic riffs and the mighty chorus. Of Darksome Origin is a riff-based song, with a dark atmosphere and Black Metal vocals. Blood-Coloured is also an enjoyable little song, with dual vocal styles (both clean and extreme), great melodic riffs and a short, but a fabulous guitar solo. The other tracks here are solid and share a similar distinctive sound, which is highly enjoyable, but I need to speak about two more specific songs. One is Black Tears, a song that fans often beg for on Nightingale concerts, which sounds like something a group I used to listen to in my youth would have done. Seriously, as strange as it may sound, it seems that the musicians of the Finnish pseudo-goth metal band HIM heard this song and decided to make a whole career of writing similiar material. The lowest point of the album is the last song, which I always skip, as both the music and the vocals, done by another musician in the group rather than Swano, always make me cringe. It seems that whenever the musicians attempt something without the permission of Dan Swano or in his absence, they fail miserably.

In conclusion, this is a very good melodeath album, but not really an excellent addition to any prog music collection. Often categorised as Extreme Progressive Metal, Edge Of Sanity are more of a Progressive Death Metal group than anything, with emphasis on the death metal part. I suggest the average Progressive Metal fan to avoid this, but if you are a fan of Death Metal in general (let me remind you again that this is isn't a generic DM album), this should be the second EoS album you get. Not a Death Metal enthusiast? In that case, Crimson is the EoS album for you.

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Posted Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Review by UMUR
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3 stars The fourth album from Edge of Sanity doesn´t differ that much from Spectral Sorrows. The music is still Swedish Death Metal and it´s still very melodic. Dan uses his clean singing on a couple of occasions as he did on Spectral Sorrows, but the music is still dominated by his growls.

There are not many prog related moments on Purgatory Afterglow, but songs like Twilight, Blood-Colored and Black Tears does have hints.

It´s a good Death Metal album though, and not many could compete with Edge of Sanity then. Too bad they stopped playing live after Unorthodox I would really have liked to have seen them on stage.

I think interested prog heads would find more pleasure in Spectral Sorrows and Crimson than this one.

This is the last album they made as a real band.

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Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
4 stars Death metal that grooves, that holds back and bursts out, death metal that is both melodic and brutal. In 1994 this was still exceptional in a genre that lived by play-fast, grunt & die young standards. This 4th album from EOS offers quite a lot of surprises: advanced song writing, melody, instrumentation, a very powerful production, some singing and evidently lots of juicy low-register growls.

The opening minute must have shocked death fans out of their wits. Unless they would have liked Marillion of course, as the opening minute sounds like some goof at the record store put Marillion's Misplaced Childhood in the tray instead of Edge of Sanity. The next minute must have been a relief. How brutal and heavy this sounds! The track has some sort of chorus, melodic leads and a wonderfully throbbing bass. This is a track that could certainly be tasted by neo-prog fans that can handle death grunts.

Most of the tracks don't stray too far from melodic death metal, but the clean vocals have become more prominent and the quality has highly improved since the previous album. The songwriting is more catchy, the playing is tighter and the production is amazing. It even has prominent bass guitar! Now, I'm not a big death metal fan though and usually get kind of weary of the relentless brutal attack on my friendly mindset! This album is an exception, it's of consistent quality, has a lot of variation and with Song of Sirens it does a successful homage to my favourite death metal band Entombed.

On the whole, this is a great step up. But the prog ambitions wouldn't really come to flourish until the next album where Dan Swanö took full control of the proceedings. Purgatory Afterglow is a logical choice if you would want to check out another album after their obvious masterpiece Crimson. Too good for 3, I'll grant it 4 light stars, of course considering the tech/extreme prog sub that it resides in.

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Posted Monday, February 08, 2010

Review by J-Man
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4 stars Velvet Dreams

The fourth album from Edge of Sanity, called Purgatory Afterglow is really superb, and is a favorite of mine in their discography. This album shows the band redefining their sound, and going for a more melodic and progressive style. While they still kept their firm death metal sound, this shows a more progressive side of the band that would soon be fully unleashed on the following album, Crimson.

Purgatory Afterglow is a step forward from Edge of Sanity's previous three albums for various reasons. First of all, this album is much more consistent and memorable. Almost every song on this album is filled with memorable melodies and riffs, which is rare for most death metal albums. This album also features more complex and intelligent arrangements and compositions. The variation between the tracks really makes for a great album. In this album you can hear many death metal influences (obviously), as well as goth-rock (on songs like "Blood-Colored" and "Black Tears"), and even neo-progressive rock (most notably on "Twilight"). The eclecticism on this album is really admirable.

In terms of progressiveness, I have no hesitation in calling this album progressive death metal. I don't think it's as "progressive" as bands like Opeth, but I think the overall eclecticism and progressive rock influences in the music make for a rather progressive album. Don't go into this album expecting progressive metal like Dream Theater or Pain of Salvation, though. This album is different, and is very firmly rooted in the Swedish death metal scene.

My favorite song on the album is surely the epic opener, "Twilight". The generous use of synths, the surprisingly beautiful melodies, and the crushing metal riffs makes an excellent song. "Velvet Dreams" is another favorite of mine; that riff is just killer! The goth rock-tinged "Black Tears" is highly enjoyable as well, and I really enjoy the heavy death metal tune "Of Darksome Origin" as well. Every song is great and interesting in its own way, though.

Conclusion:

Purgatory Afterglow is an excellent album from Edge of Sanity, and is one of my favorites in their discography. If you're at all interested in progressive death metal, this is an essential release, and worthy of a big 4 star rating. Keep in mind, you've got to have a background in death metal to enjoy this album, though. If you're not interested in heavy music, this probably isn't for you. However, if you're interested in Edge of Sanity, this should be one of the first purchases you make after their masterpiece, Crimson. Highly Recommended!

4 stars.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Edge of Sanity's Purgatory Afterglow shows that by this point in their career the band had become masters of balancing entrancing melodic passages with outbursts of unrestrained death metal brutality. This juxtaposition of melodic prog with crunching heaviness shows a high level of versatility on the part of every performer involved, right down to Dan Swano's singing style, whichs range from the most gutteral of death grunts to fairly capable clean vocals. Although the subsequent Crimson shows a significantly greater level of ambition on the part of the band, it was Purgatory Afterglow which proved they had the chops to put that ambition into effect.

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4 stars I used to like Swedish death metal of the early 90's but still prefered American or even British (Carcass) metal brutality. And then Edge Of Sanity released this album. They did it when I wasn't into such music anymore or should I say I was more into classical metal and prog rock. This is a bit o ... (read more)

Report this review (#1110127) | Posted by LSDisease | Wednesday, January 08, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A Strange and oddly intrepid bird. Before releasing their veritable Death metal Thick as a Brick in 1996's Crimson, Swano's Edge of Sanity had most of the genres experimentation down with a juggernaut of solid, yet increasingly intriguing albums. This would mark their fourth release, and it str ... (read more)

Report this review (#254047) | Posted by Alitare | Thursday, December 03, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This my second-favourite Edge of Sanity release, after the mighty 'Crimson.' However, I warn anyone looking for the more prog aspects that featured on 'Crimson', you may want to avoid this. While it does have its progressive moments, 'Purgatory Afterglow' is mostly a straightforward death meta ... (read more)

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