Crimson (Edge of Sanity album)

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Crimson
Studio album by Edge of Sanity
Released 2 April 1996[1]
Recorded December, 1995 - January, 1996 Unisound and ProMix by Dan Swanö
Genre Progressive death metal, melodic death metal
Length 40:00 (original version)
38:36 (2006 remix)
Label Black Mark
Producer Dan Swanö
Edge of Sanity
Edge of Sanity chronology
Purgatory Afterglow
(1994)
Crimson
(1996)
Infernal
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Crimson is the fifth full-length studio album by Swedish death metal band Edge of Sanity, which is their first concept album and was released in 1996 by Black Mark Productions. It features a single 40-minute track, telling a story in the distant future, when human civilization is about to end.

The album, which features Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt, received substantial critical acclaim, and is considered by most fans to be Edge of Sanity's finest achievement. A sequel, Crimson II, was released in 2003 and picks up directly where the first album left off. Both albums were remixed and slightly edited for release on the 2006 compilation When All is Said.

Album story[edit]

The album's single song tells the story of a world where humans no longer can beget children. Into this time of despair a child is born to the King and Queen of the barren Earth. The Queen dies during childbirth, and the King is left to rule the Earth and raise his daughter on his own. The people think the child is a sign that God will give them back the ability to reproduce, but the child grows into a teenager and humanity remains infertile. In time, the King dies and men fight over his throne.

The new King crushes rebellions against his illegitimate rule and is generally hated by the populace. Eventually they persuade the Child to lead a coup. As she is left alone to plan, the forces of evil beckon to her. She accepts an unholy Master and gains mighty magical powers. She slays the false King easily and begins ruling Earth. The people watch her obsessively, because it was thought that by restoring the rightful ruler they might be returned the gift of breeding. But the new Queen misleads the people, and slays the elders who the humans had preserved for their wisdom. Word of this gets out and a group of rebels gathers to stop her. They find a way to neutralize her power (by blinding her) and then place her in the same preservative tank of "crimson fluid" that the elders were kept in.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Crimson" (featuring Mikael Åkerfeldt) – 40:00
  2. "Murder. Divided." – 3:16 (Japanese Bonus Track)

Credits[edit]

Edge of Sanity
Additional musicians
Production
  • Lyrics written by Axelsson/Swanö January 1996
  • Crimson was recorded and mixed in Unisound by Dan Swanö and ProMix 1 December 1995 to January 1996
  • Mastered and digitally edited by Peter in de Betou & Dan Swanö in Cutting Room, Stockholm January 1996
  • Cover artwork by Duncan C. Storr
  • Cover concept by Dan Swanö
  • Design and Layout by Maren Lotz
  • Executive Producer: Börje Forsberg
  • Promotion: Björn Schrenk

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