Edge of Sanity   Infernal
3.3 Release Date: 1997
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3.0 goodArchibald C. Burke | February 22nd 11

Infernal serves as the beginning of the end of Edge of Sanity as a band, ushering in the era of solo-Swano recordings and eventually the retiring of the band’s name altogether. Apparently marred by creative differences between frontman Dan Swano and guitarist Andreas Axelsson, the tracks sort of reflect that environment, adding up for one of the more inconsistent recordings since the bands inception. Though this is still an Edge of Sanity recording – and really not that shabby of one when all is said and done – there is that uneasy feeling that something is not quite right; it’s unfortunate that this atmosphere was translated onto what can pretty much be considered as the “bands” final recording, though in terms of the bands overall progression, is still a pretty interesting listen.

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2.5 averageLambda | October 29th 13

After Crimson, the rest of Edge of Sanity confronted Swano and had an ultimatum of sorts: they were tired of the progressive stuff, and wanted to get back to their roots. It was out of this dispute that Infernal was born. Unfortunately, the album is wildly inconsistent, and you can tell from listening that it is the product of a band divided. Indeed, the only common thread between the songs here is drummer Benny Larssen, who played on all eleven of them. Swano penned and performed five, and the rest of the band, with guitarist/vocalist Andreas Axelsson taking the lead, wrote the other six. Though there are some decent songs on here- namely "Hell Is Where the Heart Is," "Helter Skelter," and "15:36"- Infernal remains an extremely uneven, and almost uncomfortable, listen. 2.6

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