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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 | 39 ratings
Nothing But Death Remains
1991
3.54 | 53 ratings
Unorthodox
1992
3.56 | 52 ratings
The Spectral Sorrows
1993
3.84 | 94 ratings
Purgatory Afterglow
1994
4.27 | 516 ratings
Crimson
1996
2.75 | 39 ratings
Infernal
1997
2.04 | 39 ratings
Cryptic
1997
3.68 | 120 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

EDGE OF SANITY Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.05 | 2 ratings
Euthanasia
1989
2.95 | 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
3.25 | 9 ratings
Until Eternity Ends
1994

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 Crimson by EDGE OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.27 | 516 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 | 516 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 | 516 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 | 516 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 | 516 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
4.27 | 516 ratings

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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
3.68 | 120 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.
 Crimson by EDGE OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.27 | 516 ratings

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Crimson
Edge Of Sanity Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by progtime1234567

5 stars As a lover of both prog metal and Swedish metal, I really enjoyed this album. I approached this album with a prog metal mindset rather than a death metal mindset, and what I got in terms of progressive was very impressive. The album is just one long 40 minute song that is a treat to listen to. It has death metal riffs, progressive metal ideas and tendencies, and the Opeth singer, what more could you ask for in a heavy prog metal album? The album has softer passages as well, which is a good break from all the heaviness that goes on. Upon first listen however, I was not getting into it as much as I was the second listen. It's just one of those albums that upon first listen, you're not as into it or impressed as you are the second and third listen.

If you like Opeth and later Death then you will really enjoy this album. A masterpiece of heavier progressive metal and death metal. Great riffs, one great long song and excellent instrumentation are just some of the treats you get when you're listening to this album.

 Kur-Nu-Gi-A  by EDGE OF SANITY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1990
2.95 | 3 ratings

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Kur-Nu-Gi-A
Edge Of Sanity Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Kur-Nu-Gi-A" is the 2nd demo cassette tape by Swedish death metal act Edge of Sanity. The demo was self- released in 1990. Edge of Sanity were formed in 1989 and relatively quickly released their first demo cassette tape "Euthanasia (1989)". "Kur-Nu-Gi-A" was originally limited to 500 copies, but when they sold out, 500 additional copies were made (featuring a slightly different cover artwork).

The demo features 6 tracks and a full playing time of 20:06 minutes. All tracks would appear in re-recorded (and in some cases re-arranged) versions on future studio albums. "Decepted by the Cross", "Maze of Existence", and "Immortal Souls" on "Nothing but Death Remains (1991)", "Beyond the Unknown" and "The Day of Maturity" on "Unorthodox (1992)", and "Serenade for the Dead" on "The Spectral Sorrows (1993)".

Stylistically Edge of Sanity have now shed all 80s thrash metal influences (which "Euthanasia (1989)" featured in smaller doses) and the music on "Kur-Nu-Gi-A" is 100% pure death metal. Even this early on Edge of Sanity was not a standard old school Swedish death metal act. Their compositions were generally more sophisticated and adventurous (at times even semi-progressive) than what most of their contemporaries produced.

"Kur-Nu-Gi-A" features a raw and lo-fi produced sound quality, which may lack a bit in the detail department, but makes up for it in raw and brutal charm. Dan Swan''s growling vocals are slightly more intelligible on "Kur-Nu-Gi-A" than the case was on "Euthanasia (1989)", but he still doesn't sound as unique as he does on the succeeding studio albums. I'd say he's about half way there though. The band are fairly well playing although especially the guitars sound a bit untight at times. Even a bit out of tune too.

The general quality of the material is decent enough, but it's mostly "Decepted by the Cross" and "Maze of Existence" which showcase the future brilliance of Edge of Sanity. The rest is more standard quality death metal and upon conclusion a 3 star (60%) rating isn't all wrong.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 Euthanasia by EDGE OF SANITY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1989
3.05 | 2 ratings

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Euthanasia
Edge Of Sanity Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Euthanasia" is the first demo cassette tape released by Swedish death metal act Edge of Sanity. The demo was self-released in November 1989. The tape was released with three different artwork colour variations. One with a black/white cover, one with a red/black cover, and one with a blue/black cover.

"Euthanasia" features 5 tracks and a full playing time of 10:52 minutes. "Return of Consciousness" is a short intro, but the remaining four tracks are "regular" death metal tracks. This is of course early death metal and therefore there are strong thrash metal leanings in the music too. Many of the riffs and rhythms are more in the thrash metal camp than in the death metal ditto. Dan Swanö´s vocals are death metal growls though. The intro, "Pernicious Anguish" and "Disrupting the Inhabitants" are exclusive to this release, while "Human Aberration" would appear in a re-recorded version on the band´s debut full-length studio album "Nothing but Death Remains (1991)", and "Incipience to the Butchery" would be featured in a re-recorded version on the band´s second full-length "Unorthodox (1992)".

The musicianship is decent for a first demo, but not everything is played as tight as it could have been. Swanö had not yet developed his disctinct sounding intelligible growling vocal style either, so his vocals here are more standard unintelligible growling. The material is overall of a relatively good quality and especially the two tracks which made it unto studio albums display that even this early on Edge of Sanity had some pretty unconventional ideas, although in small doses on this release.

The sound production is raw and lo-fi, but the band have gotten the most out of the recording equipment they had at their disposal, and "Euthanasia" is generally listenable. Upon conclusion "Euthanasia" is certainly a promising first demo by Edge of Sanity and considering the time of release, the music is quite advanced for a death metal demo. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

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