Crimson II

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Crimson II
EdgeOfSanity CrimsonII.jpg
Studio album by Edge of Sanity
Released August 26, 2003 (2003-08-26)
Recorded May – July 2003
Genre Progressive death metal
Length 43:00
41:24 (remix)
Label Black Mark
Producer Dan Swanö
Edge of Sanity chronology
Crimson II
When All Is Said
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Crimson II is the eighth and final full-length studio album by Swedish death metal band Edge of Sanity and is a continuation of the storyline first heard on the album Crimson (1996). It is the only Edge of Sanity release that does not feature original members Andreas Axelsson, Sami Nerberg, Anders Lindberg and Benny Larsson. Instead, it features contributions from guest musicians Mike Wead, Jonas Granvik, and brothers Roger and Simon Johannson.

Released during the advent of online music piracy, the album was indexed into over 40 track splits on the CD pressings,[2] running from 18 seconds to a minute and a half, to discourage ripping and sharing (despite software like iTunes having the ability to rip groups of tracks as one file). When it was later released to digital stores and streaming services, the album was indexed into 9 tracks that are not all split according to the song movements;[3] this caused the movement names to be extended with "Aftermath II" and "III" even though only the final two tracks contain the movement itself. Neither Swanö nor label Black Mark Production have commented on why this is the case or why the edited version was used.

The album was remixed and slightly edited for the compilation When All Is Said (2006) so it would fit on one CD.[4] Full versions of both songs were used for a combined vinyl release in 2003. For this, the song was split in half, with side 2 picking up at "Achilles Heel."[5] In 2011, it was reissued on "ice blue" vinyl but used the digital release as the audio source, as each section of the songs fade in and out at the exact times they do in the Amazon MP3 release.

The album is dedicated to the memory of Death frontman Chuck Schuldiner.

Track listing[edit]

Note: Although the album consists of one 43-minute-long song, it really is split up into 9 movements.

All lyrics written by Clive Nolan; all music composed by Dan Swanö.

1."Crimson II"

  • I. "The Forbidden Words" (1:40)
  • II. "Incantation" (6:00)
  • III. "Passage Of Time" (9:51)
  • IV. "The Silent Threat" (3:20)
  • V. "Achilles Heel" (2:27)
  • VI. "Covenant Of Souls" (7:31)
  • VII. "Face To Face" (3:27)
  • VIII. "Disintegration" (3:18)
  • IX. "Aftermath" (5:26)"
Total length:43:00

Digital Edition[edit]

To further confusion, the digital release of the album uses the When All Is Said remix/edit and splits it differently, causing some movement times to shift out of alignment. Most of the tracks also fade in and out at the beginning/end.

1."The Forbidden Words" (actually "The Forbidden Words/Incantation I")4:10
2."Incantation" (actually "Incantation II")3:01
3."Passage Of Time" (actually "Passage Of Time I")5:37
4."The Silent Threat" (actually "Passage Of Time II")4:26
5."Achilles Heal" (actually "The Silent Threat")3:18
6."Covenant Of Souls" (actually "Achilles Heel")2:29
7."Face To Face" (actually "Covenant Of Souls I")3:11
8."Disintegration" (actually "Covenant Of Souls II")3:16
9."Aftermath I" (actually "Covenant Of Souls III/Face To Face")3:54
10."Aftermath II" (actually "Disintegration")3:18
11."Aftermath III" (actually "Aftermath")4:51
Total length:41:31