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Album Review

Perhaps Edge of Sanity's most lauded recording, Crimson is really a single 40-minute song/concept record that is perhaps one of the most interesting achievements in death metal — a genre that generally doesn't lend itself to obscure pursuits. Generally, every death metal disc is conceptual in its single-minded focus on destruction (of life, God, art, ideas, and, especially, rock), but Crimson is different in that it delivers lyrical nuance and consistent musical themes from front to back. Often thought of as the essential Edge of Sanity disc, Crimson features the classic band lineup of Dan Swano on vocals, guitarists Dread and Sami Nerberg, Benny Larsson on drums, and Anders Lundberg on bass. Equal parts sprawling, orchestral epic and downright heavyweight slugfest, this "song" tears at many metal preconceptions. A challenging effort, Crimson is a must-have for all death metal fans.

Customer Reviews

Excellent but bits missing...?

This is an excellent record for anyone who likes progressive death metal. If you like stuff like opeth then you'll probably really enjoy this. However, as of now 10.1.09 the album has been broken up into 8 pieces that don't fit together! The original track is 40min long and there are gaps meaning you get about 36min which totally spoils the flow of the album - just add up the times and see! I wouldn't buy it from here unless this gets changed cos you will be disappointed.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Vocalist and guitarist Dan Swano was the creative force behind the Swedish death metal band Edge of Sanity, which also included guitarists Dread and Sami Nerberg, along with bassist Anders Lundberg and drummer Benny Larsson. Edge of Sanity's recordings include their debut Nothing But Death Remains, Unorthodox, The Spectral Sorrows, Until Eternity Ends, 1994's Purgatory Afterglow, and 1996's Crimson. For 1997's Cryptic,...
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