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Edge of Sanity
Crimson II


5.0
classic

Review

by Foodforthegods USER (35 Reviews)
November 3rd, 2006 | 70 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


After listening to Crimson for the first time, I was Shock. Dan Swanö is getting more and more of my admiration on each of his project I listen to. I first hear Swanö's work with Bloodbath and Katatonia. Like his mate Mikeal Akerfeldt of Opeth, Swanö seems to be a gifted musician.

Crimson II is the second part of the the crimson concept first release in 1996. Being now the only band member Dan Swanö decided to use his multiple talent. He's playing all of the instruments and singing all of the vocal parts. His voice seems to have improve a lot compare to the first crimson. He sings clean parts a lot more since Akerfeldt is not a guest this time. This album is divided in 9 chapter and Each chapter divided in small parts. This 43 minute song will put you on the ground.

The Forbiden Words.

The album starts with sad synth parts then a mighty death metal riff comes in. This reminds me a lot of Bloodbath works. The vocal is really low and can be compared to Akerfeldt. This intro starts the album with ferocious death metal groove.

Incantation

This parts have a lot more keyboard but is still in death metal mode. The riffing is great and the keyboard fits perfectly beside all this madness. Some of the riffs are more Chuga-chuga oriented. No clean vocal yet. Some Lead comes in and make the song pretty intersting. In IV parts you can hear clean guitar for the first time. A lot of progressive elements are in this chapter. All these element make it fun to listen. Some parts are so well executed that you can't think all of this come from one man.

Passage Of Time

Still in the same vein of Incantation, Passage Of Time starts with a small lead but the death metal groove is still on. Some of the Heaviest moment are coming from this chapter. This is the longest chapter. It is divided in 10 parts. The first solo can be heard in the third part. then he came Back to the death metal than another solo. The part Number V contain the first clean singng parts. This voice reminds me a bit of old akerfeldt clean voice in the Morningrise era. After this quiet passage the Frenzy is back again. A cool solo in the IX part comes to blow your mind. The Final part include piano for the first time. A beautiful part I must say. Nice singing again.

The Silent Threat

The Silent Threat is the punishing chapter. The start is really evil and slow. I love the keyboard overdubs in the Third part. The next part feature piano and acoustic guitar with delay. Another beautiful part.

Achile Heel

This chapter reminds me a lot of old dream theater. The vocal are growled and evil. This chapter is slow and have a lot of keyboard lead.

Covenant Of Souls

The first riff of The Forbidden Words is back again. It's so brutal. I love Swanö's drumming here. The song fades to black then came back with clean guitar melody and keyboard. This part is probably one of the the most progressive of the record. I love Dan's voice more and more at each listen. I nice emotional solo comes then a fast one hit pierce your ears. The ending of this chapter is a mix of death metal and clean parts

Face To Face

Face To face is probably my favorite part of this masterpiece. It's a lot more melodic. I love the leads. Dan is without a doubt a great guitarist and he showed with great these great melody.

Disintagration

This part starts with a cool melody then came back to the classical death metal style. The solo is really nice. Then a classic thrash triplet riff comes. The last part feature a nice riff with keyboard overdubs.

Aftermath

This if for me the best part. The most melodic part of all. A lot of solo. Clean and growling vocal. The song finishes with one of the best riff repeated for the cause. The clean vocal part is really nice. The solo is really apocalyptic. I love these kind of endings. The song fades with keyboard.

Pros:

-Creativity
-Heaviness
-The Melody
-The variety in the vocal


Cons:

-May be hard to listen to the whole record from the start to the head for some
-Some riffs are repetitive but remember that the whole record is a song by itself so some riff came twice.



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Shattered_Future
November 4th 2006


1630 Comments


Your review could have been better, but it's decent overall. A little bit more information and you should be all set.

I love this album, plain and simple. Swano is an absolute beast, and nearly everything he puts out is top notch.

Foodforthegods
November 4th 2006


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I made a mistake about the lineup sorry...



Guest Musicians:

Roger Johansson - Lead Growling Vocals

Jonas Granvik - Backing Growling Vocals

Mike Wead - Lead Guitar

Simon Johansson - Lead Guitar



Lyrics by Clive Nolan.

TheHamburgerman
April 11th 2007


1537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude... the tracklist looks really scary

kalkal50
June 16th 2007


2386 Comments


terrible review

antihippy
June 16th 2007


696 Comments


are you serious about the tracklist?

btw, are you that guy from the opeth forums in ultimate-metal?

FR33L0RD
August 19th 2007


6401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Here is the simple track list:

1. "The Forbidden Words" – 1:40

2. "Incantation" – 5:59

3. "Passage of Time" – 9:51

4. "The Silent Threat" – 3:17

5. "Achilles Heel" – 2:27

6. "Covenant of Souls" – 7:31

7. "Face to Face" – 3:27

8. "Disintegration" – 3:18

9. "Aftermath" – 5:25



This album is a jewel any fan of Melo Death Prog Metal should own.



robin2220
August 19th 2007


569 Comments


Then I should get this.

jrowa001
August 19th 2007


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hell yes you should. only if you have Crimson, cuz then you listen to both of these back to back

robin2220
August 19th 2007


569 Comments


Okay.

Crimson
August 19th 2007


1937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Definitely get Crimson before this, it's slightly better and makes this albums lyrics make sense.

Shattered_Future
August 19th 2007


1630 Comments


The tracklist has only 9 songs on it, but the album does have that many tracks. Which I can't stand. I wish he'd have just made it 9 tracks like the copy I downloaded, instead of the 43 on the actual copy I bought.

Crimson
August 19th 2007


1937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It irritates me too, I can't put it on my mp3 player because of the small pause between songs, it makes it nearly unbearable.

FR33L0RD
November 23rd 2007


6401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listening this album right now

This is Melo death prog at is best... a real blast

Poet
January 22nd 2008


6146 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I only have the Aftermath part of this



but it's freakin awesome, especially the clean vocals

Poet
February 11th 2008


6146 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I hate to double post, but I have this now and I listened to the whole thing.



This imo=better than Crimson I. This is so close to being a 5.

Crimson
February 11th 2008


1937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's a lot more keyboard-focused than the first one, I could have guessed you would like it more

Poet
February 18th 2008


6146 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yep...I am making this a 5 now. It is just mind-boggling good.

SCREAM!
February 20th 2008


15755 Comments


I just downloaded this since i've been meaning to check these guys out for a while and when i downloaded it, it put everything together as one song D:
So i now have a 43 minute song on my iTunes. Only about 10 minutes in now. Sounds good though

And i have also fallen to the pokemon avatar craze but i chose the best pokemon This Message Edited On 02.20.08

Crimson
February 20th 2008


1937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If you haven't heard the first one (which it seems like from that post) and you're jumping to this first, may I ask... why?

SCREAM!
February 20th 2008


15755 Comments


I wasn't sure about the whole one 40 minute song idea so I decided to try with this first since it was their highest rated and it had more than one song. If I had known i'd end up with one 43 minute track i probably would've started with the 1st one.
20 minutes in now and still good.



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