Nightingale
Invisible


4.0
excellent

Review

by KJ USER (32 Reviews)
January 6th, 2012 | 15 replies | 3,195 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No surprise, another solid release by Dan Swano and crew.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

How Dan Swano can even put out so much quality material is beyond me. The guy has been around for ages and still kicking ass and releasing consistently good stuff. Nightingale's Invisible (2004) is another chapter in Swano's storied career that once again lives up to the expectations we've come to expect from anything he's involved in. Remember those old sayings like, "maybe when pigs fly" and "when hell freezes over"? I've got a better one- "yeah, maybe when Dan Swano releases a trash album that'll happen." Accurate and brilliant, I know.

Anyway, the album wastes no time with corny, drawn-out intros; Still Alive immediately kicks off the record with an upbeat riff as the rest of the band quickly joins in. What jumps out at me is the positivity and happiness conveyed through the music. Swano has largely been involved in death metal, but Invisible takes place in a completely different realm; here, their style is characterized by only moderately-distorted guitars, clean vocals, and buoyant songwriting that is devoid of blood, guts, death, and any other dark subject matter often associated with heavier forms of metal. Nightingale add just enough technicality to slap on the "progressive" label to the record; with that said, one can most accurately categorize Invisible as Progressive Rock.

The sound production is super-clean and flawless; think Kamelot, and you'll have an idea of what it's like. While the overall sound is pleasing, it is lacking atmosphere and depth, which from where I'm standing, would have only strengthened the record as a whole. Fortunately, this is a minor setback because Nightingale use a multifaceted approach in songwriting that breathes unique life and personality into all ten songs.

To further exemplify the aura of positivity surrounding the album, Atlantis Rising paints the picture of Swano traveling on a journey to find the gold and promise of Atlantis; while Swano may be chronicling a fictional trip to the lost city, more than likely he's symbolically describing some event or journey within his own life that he's always dreamed of achieving. In the chorus, Swano sings, I'll see Atlantis rising, burn my bridges no return; I'll see Atlantis rising. Frankly, it's one of the catchiest melodies I've heard in a long time, and is nearly guaranteed to be stuck in one's head after a few listens.

The album contains no blistering guitar solos, but rather, the group utilize solos of the bluesy-melodic variety that seamlessly fuse to the songs and add to their overall value (an exemplar being in To The End). Furthermore, Invisible's greatest asset lies in the fact that it is a dynamic, well-made album in terms of musicianship, yet accessible enough and easy enough on the ears that anyone, and I mean anyone, can enjoy it. We as fans have come to expect nothing but great things from Dan Swano, and Invisible delivers yet more reasons for us to proudly support Swano and Nightingale. All in all, while Invisible isn't redefining genres or setting standards, it is a solid record and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys music.

Recommended Tracks:
"Atlantis Rising"
"To The End"
"The Wake"
"Stalingrad"



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KjSwantko
January 7th 2012



8717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

2nd review for me today, booyah

m/

Ire
January 7th 2012



41453 Comments


rip swano

AllGabrielsAreGlass
January 7th 2012



431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review with the exception of the first paragraph, just for its blatant fanboyishness, I mean, yeah Mr Swano is our idol but keep it out of the review please as if you gush about it people will tend not to really trust the review that much. But apart from that I cant complain because everything else in the review was great, the rest of what you wrote really excuses that first paragraph, but still, I think it would be best to edit some of the first paragraph out. Have a pos! m/

pizzamachine
January 7th 2012



12568 Comments


This might be up my alley.

KjSwantko
January 7th 2012



8717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yea I like having fun with it, but I see your point Gabe. Thx bra

Poet
January 7th 2012



5910 Comments


DAN FUCKING SWANO

KjSwantko
January 7th 2012



8717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

He's a God right

seedofnothing
January 7th 2012



3425 Comments


Few grammar errors but overall good review. This is one of my favorite albums by Nightingale, in fact, I like all their stuff. Pos.

KjSwantko
January 7th 2012



8717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Seed, it does own. m/

seedofnothing
January 7th 2012



3425 Comments


"Nightingale's Invisible (2004) is another chapter in Swano's storied career, that once again lives
up to the expectations we've come to expect from anything he's involved in."

After "career" a coma is not needed. Use semi colon if anything or start a new sentence.

"While the overall sound is pleasing, it is lacking any kind of atmosphere and depth, which from
where I'm standing"

Remove "any kind of". Or maybe you meant to say it "isn't" lacking.



KjSwantko
January 7th 2012



8717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah those are minor things, but i think I'll adjust accordingly. Good call.

seedofnothing
January 7th 2012



3425 Comments


Yeah their minor for sure. Your a good reviewer and I look forward to any future reviews you
accomplish. Keep it m/.

KjSwantko
January 7th 2012



8717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Always brother, always. And thx m/

south_of_heaven 11
January 7th 2012



5426 Comments


Nightingale armor is fucking awesome.

Oh wait this isn't Skyrim? nvm.

Ire
January 7th 2012



41453 Comments


hi grant



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