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EDGE OF SANITY

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • Sweden


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Edge Of Sanity biography
Founded in Finspång, Sweden in 1989 - Disbanded in 1999 - Reformed briefly in 2003

Originally started as a fairly straightforward Swedish death metal band, Edge of Sanity's first few albums gained them a following in metal circles. They gradually began to encorporate progressive influences into their music, thanks primarily to frontman Dan Swano (a veteran of neo-proggers Unicorn, and eventual founder of the more straightforward prog-metal outfit Nightingale), hitting their peak with 1996's Crimson.

The epic concept album consisted of one 40 minute song, and is widely regarded as the band's greatest accomplishment. They started to fall apart shortly after though, with internal conflict arising over the band's new direction. Swano wanted to move further into prog while the other band members wanted a return to the group's death metal roots.

The album resulting from this conflict was Infernal, which consisted half of more melodic, proggy songs by Swano, and half of straightforward melodic death metal songs by the rest of the band. Swano left shortly after, and was replaced by Robert Karlsson for 1997's Cryptic. Shortly after, the band broke up.

In 2003, Swano revived the Edge of Sanity name for Crimson II, a solo album of his (featuring a handful of guests, including Clive Nolan).

See also:

- Another Life
- Dan Swäno
- Godsend
- Karaboudjan
- Nightingale
- Odyssey
- Pan.Thy.Monium
- Route Nine
- Unicorn

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2.99 | 43 ratings
Nothing But Death Remains
1991
3.54 | 56 ratings
Unorthodox
1992
3.57 | 55 ratings
The Spectral Sorrows
1993
3.81 | 99 ratings
Purgatory Afterglow
1994
4.27 | 537 ratings
Crimson
1996
2.79 | 43 ratings
Infernal
1997
2.05 | 42 ratings
Cryptic
1997
3.69 | 123 ratings
Crimson II
2003

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2.35 | 7 ratings
Evolution
1999
4.12 | 6 ratings
When All is Said
2006
4.67 | 3 ratings
Kur-Nu-Gi-A
2012

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3.05 | 2 ratings
Euthanasia
1989
3.00 | 3 ratings
Kur-Nu-Gi-A
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Dead
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Immortal Rehearsals
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
Dead But Dreaming
1992
3.21 | 10 ratings
Until Eternity Ends
1994

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 Crimson by EDGE OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.27 | 537 ratings

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Crimson
Edge Of Sanity Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Boi_da_boi_124

4 stars Review #111!

'Crimson' is a great prog metal epic/album full of heavy guitar riffs and the occasional groovy, spacey interlude. Musically, this album is close to, if not perfect, but the vocals not so much. I am used to the tones of metal singers like Ozzy Osbourne, but I always took deep, grumbling death metal vocals as over-the-top and ridiculous. For an album within the prog sub-genre of 'Tech/Extreme Prog Metal', I would assume this would be more prominent. And it wasn't, so I'm satisfied. Dan Swano does a great job with both his 'normal' and growling vocals and he had perfected a blend of when to use either one. But back to the music. That drummer (Benny Larsson) sounds great too. He knows to lose his [&*!#] when the time is right and to melodically hit the high hats in the slower sections. The guitar is just amazing. Both Axelsson and Nerberg have achieved the perfect blend of technical and groovy (cause sometimes it's hard to have both). This is a great album, and I think I would probably recommend it to any fan of death metal (cause I don't like death metal but I loved this). Prog on.

 Crimson by EDGE OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.27 | 537 ratings

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Crimson
Edge Of Sanity Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

5 stars Maybe the most ambitious death-metal album at least in concept, it also features cohesive songwriting, a number of styles ranging from mellow acoustic a la Opeth towards the sinister death metal. Akerfeldt's growling is another winning argument, his vocals are already at this point better than Swano despite being in the formative years. At this point of career, Akerfeldt had a black-metal higher-pitched style than the death-metal deeper growl features from 1998. Listen also to the instrumental parts that easily abandon the death-metal cliche with slower more epic riffing.

While there may not be multiple surfaces in the music like in a typical prog-metal or rock music, there are so many shifts in the dynamics and motives that it will take you many time to absorb and appreciate all. We can hear recurring hooks and the ending is epic with somewhat grandiose chord progressions and synths in the background.

No doubt it is one of the finest progressive death-metal releases of the 20th century (not so many candidates anyways ;))

 Purgatory Afterglow by EDGE OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.81 | 99 ratings

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Purgatory Afterglow
Edge Of Sanity Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars I like all Edge of Sanity albums starting from their second one until Crimson. I appreciate that despite progressive and multi-genre explorations, they didn't forget about their death metal roots and improved them vocally and instrumentally. More and more you can feel the spirit of Nightingale but still with mainly harsh vocals. It's less progressive than even first Opeth albums and also probably less instrumentally proficient nevertheless melodic. I must admit that I like their black metal trips "Of darksome origin" and ironically named "Silence" due to the dark brutality but also certain rhythmical and melodic complexity. Clean vocals are not bad and Swano has an identifiable voice, more than when he growls. The alternative metal/rock attempts like "Black tears" or nu-metal "Song of sirens" will leave band camps divided while "Velvet dreams" will sound a bit like the pre-Opeth guitar tandem 90's playing - a great dark song. There is also a short straightforward death-metal song such as "Enter chaos". It is a four-star death metal album but a 3-star for the progressive-oriented audience.
 Crimson by EDGE OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.27 | 537 ratings

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Crimson
Edge Of Sanity Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Nhelv

5 stars I'm quite happy to see this album in here, considering how important it is to the progressive death metal movement. It's also quite understandable to see this is the only popular Edge Of Sanity album in here, because in my opinion it's their only good one.

Edge Of Sanity started as your typical death metal band. Blast beats, growls, and occasional clean vocals, but they were very few. Crimson was where they defined their sound (and most of melodic death metal's), where clean vocals and acoustic passages were used just as much as the death metal aspects. After Crimson they, as you would expect, started to recycle the formula that worked so well in this album.

This album is one song, however it flows very well so it shouldn't be tedious to listen it from beginning to end. I'm giving this record five stars due to its historical importance and influence on the genre, in other words, it's essential.

 Crimson by EDGE OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.27 | 537 ratings

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Crimson
Edge Of Sanity Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Maw The Void

5 stars Edge Of Sanity - Crimson

Widely touted as a masterpiece, Crimson is Edge Of Sanity's cornerstone in their discography. It is also one of the most influential metal records of all time. It consists of one single forty minute track, divided across eight movements. This album can definitely be inaccessible, mostly because it's very continuous, unexpected and really heavy, which can turn some progressive rock fans off.

With that said, I still think it should be checked out by any progressive rock & metal fan, due to historical reasons and because it's simply an amazing and consistent album. Definitely a five star record.

 Crimson by EDGE OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.27 | 537 ratings

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Crimson
Edge Of Sanity Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Ian McGregor

5 stars Don't like this band, but this is one of the most influential records of its genre. It was one of the first to blend death metal with progressive rock, and manage melodic death metal. The most noticeable fact is that the entire album is just the title track. This forty minute track goes from raw death metal to melodic sections with acoustic guitar. The vocals also go from growls to clean singing. This style of death metal influences bands like Opeth and most modern melodic death metal bands.

I respect this record for what it has done to its genre, and it's essential to death metal.

 Crimson by EDGE OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.27 | 537 ratings

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Crimson
Edge Of Sanity Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Isaac Peretz

5 stars This record is objectively five stars, it's an essential record for death metal and it completely changed the way people looked at death metal. A new ocean of possibilities opened for metal, the capability of merging the crushing riffs and brutal growls of death metal with the soft vocals and acoustic breaks of progressive rock.

The whole album is one song, divided into eight movements. The song is a constantly changing and dynamic work that keeps you entertained from beginning to end, it's a marvel for melodic death metal fans.

It's for sure one of my favorite death metal records, and an essential work for death metal. Gotta be five stars.

 Crimson by EDGE OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.27 | 537 ratings

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Crimson
Edge Of Sanity Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by King Brimstone

5 stars This album is basically Opeth's dad. It features the main acoustic and soft sections combined with the heavy death metal all around the album. The title track and single song is split into eight movements, telling the story of a dying society where people can't have children anymore. This is their best album and a true testament for Death Metal, it's highly influential and provided its genre a new trend that would become popularized with the well-known Opeth.

A very essential record for Death Metal And a very strong and solid record in general, Edge Of Sanity's Crimson is a five star effort.

 Crimson by EDGE OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1996
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Crimson
Edge Of Sanity Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Gorgut Muncher

5 stars "Woah that song is forty minutes long!" the album.

That was what I always thought about this album until I listened it. Edge Of Sanity is a pretty obscure band, and I wouldn't really say that their discography is as strong as the one from other Tech Metal acts like Opeth or Death, but this album is a true marvel for its genre.

The song alternates between heavy and crushing riffs to mellow acoustic passages, much like Opeth (no wonder why the mastermind behind Opeth, Mikael, was brought as a featured artist). A perfect balance between these contrasting properties is present and it's undeniable that it adds great dynamic to this masterwork.

Obviously, if you start to listen to this album, you must finish it. It flows amazingly (mostly due to the fact that it's a single song) and isn't a boring listen in any way. I think my five star rating shouldn't be too controversial. Most metalheads will agree this is a masterpiece.

 Crimson II by EDGE OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.69 | 123 ratings

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Crimson II
Edge Of Sanity Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by progtime1234567

4 stars Crimson II is a great follow up to a great album. Unlike most sequel albums, this one is executed well and sounds good along with the original album. Crimson II was the final album ever released by EDGE OF SANITY and it is a great way for the band to say farewell. Dan Swano played most of the instruments on the album and did most of the vocals as well with some guests added in for freshness and color. The album also has parts from the first Crimson album so it really sounds like the two albums are supposed to go together, and they fit together very well. I suggest that you start with Crimson first and then listen to this record if you want to get into the great material EDGE OF SANITY has to offer. If you like Crimson, try listening to that and Crimson II front to back together, then you will have a great, long progressive and death metal epic.
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