Dan Swanö

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Dan Swanö
Nightingale Nosturi 20032008 DanSwanö 02.jpg
Dan Swanö live at Nosturi
Background information
Also known as Day DiSyraah
Born (1973-03-10) 10 March 1973 (age 43)
Finspång, Sweden
Origin Örebro
Genres Progressive metal, death metal, progressive rock, power metal, avant-garde metal, gothic rock, melodic death metal, black metal, doom metal.
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion, saxophone, cello, programming
Years active 1988–present
Labels Black Mark
Associated acts Therion
Edge of Sanity
Bloodbath
Katatonia
Nightingale
Opeth
Ribspreader
Millencollin
Witherscape
Marduk

Dan-Erland Swanö[1] (born 10 March 1973) is a Swedish musician who is currently the vocalist, guitarist, ex-bassist and ex-drummer for the band Nightingale, lately vocalist, keyboardist and drummer for the band Witherscape, as well as the Owner of Unisound but he achieved fame as the vocalist and songwriter of progressive death metal band Edge of Sanity.

As a multi-instrumentalist he is regarded as influential in the underground melodic death metal, black metal, progressive metal, death metal, progressive rock, power metal communities. He is known for his progressive rock-influenced songwriting style and his frequent use of both clean and growled vocals.

Music[edit]

Swanö has fronted a number of bands, including Edge of Sanity, Brejn Dedd, Unicorn, Infestdead and Route Nine. He has also been a member of Katatonia, Ribspreader, as well as playing drums and lead guitar in death metal band Bloodbath.[2]

He has also contributed his vocal talents to Arjen Lucassen's Star One project. The two musicians are good friends, with Lucassen contributing guitar parts to Swanö's Nightingale project. He can also be heard on the albums Theli and A'arab Zaraq – Lucid Dreaming by the symphonic opera metal band Therion. He was also producer and contributing writer of the band Diabolical Masquerade, the now defunct solo avant-garde black metal band of Anders Nyström aka Blakkheim (Katatonia, Bloodbath, ex-Bewitched). He also contributed some guitar solos, backing vocals on various Diabolical Masquerade albums, and played the drums on the album Nightwork. He also produced and played the keyboards on the Memories from Nothing album by Swedish progressive rockers Another Life, released on Vic Records.

Swanö has also released a solo progressive death metal album entitled Moontower, on which he showcases his multi-instrumental talent, playing all instruments (guitar, bass, drums, keyboard) as well as providing all the vocal work.

During 2009 Swanö re-activated Odyssey, this time performing all instruments by himself. Swanö recorded 7 of his all-time favourite songs which was released in November 2010 on the album 'Reinventing The Past', together with the three 1999 tracks as a bonus on Dutch based Vic Records. His brother Dag played guest lead guitar on the song 'Gypsy' (Uriah Heep cover).

In 2013, Swanö released with his new project Witherscape the full studio album The Inheritance, with Ragnar Widerberg as co-member and the collaboration of, amongst other guest musicians, Novembers Doom's founder Paul Kuhr. It was followed a year after by the EP The New Tomorrow. In 2016, the full studio album The Northern Sanctuary was released, via Century Media Records like its predecessors, featuring once again Paul Kuhr. [3] [4]

Dan Swanö has a diverse vocal register, encompassing many styles, which include death growls; clean, melodic singing with a warm rich tone; deep, dark, gothic vocals and thrash shouting. As a peculiarity, he is a left-handed guitarist (right hand on the neck) but plays on right-handed guitars without reversing the strings (highest strings up), which is quite unusual.

Family and work[edit]

Dan with his brother Dag

Despite the large amount of releases to his name, Swanö up until recently worked full-time in a music store[5] (Musikbörsen) in Örebro, near his home in Sweden, rarely doing live performances with any of his bands. He had played bass in his elder brother Dag Swanö's band Pan.Thy.Monium with Dan using Day DiSyraah, and Dag using Äag as pseudonyms. Dag also plays guitar in Nightingale, formerly under the name of Tom Nouga.

Musical contributions[edit]

Bands Audio
engineering
Audio
mastering
Audio
mixing
Backing
vocals
Bass
guitar
Drum
kit
Electric
guitar
Electronic
keyboard
Former
member
Member Other Instruments Record
producer
Vocals
Aeon[6][7] Green tickY Green tickY
Altar Green tickY Green tickY
Ancient Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Ancient Ascendant Green tickY[8] Green tickY[9]
Another Life Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Another Perfect Day Green tickY
Argentum Green tickY Green tickY
As Light Dies Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Battlelore Green tickY[10] Green tickY[11] Green tickY[11]
Bloodbath Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Bombshell Rocks Green tickY[12]
Brejn Dedd Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Bucovina Green tickY[13] Green tickY[13]
Canopy Green tickY Green tickY
Coldworker Green tickY
Coraxo Green tickY[14]
Cronian Green tickY
Dark Funeral Green tickY
Darkcide Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Darkified Green tickY[15] Green tickY Green tickY
Dawn Green tickY
Dawn of Dreams Green tickY[16] Green tickY
De Infernali Green tickY
Demiurg Green tickY[17] Green tickY Green tickY
Demon Project Green tickY
Denial Green tickY[18]
Diabolical Masquerade Green tickY[19] Green tickY[20] Green tickY[20] Green tickY Green tickY[21]
Dissection Green tickY
Edge of Sanity Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Effloresce Green tickY[22] Green tickY[22]
Evergrey Green tickY[23] Green tickY[23]
Evocation[24] Green tickY
Evoke Green tickY
Fall of Serenity Green tickY
Fleshcrawl Green tickY
Frameshift Green tickY
Gates of Ishtar Green tickY
Ghost Green tickY
Ghostorm Green tickY[25] Green tickY[26] Green tickY[27]
Godsend Green tickY[28] Green tickY Green tickY[29]
Gorath[30] Green tickY[31][32]
Hail of Bullets[33] Green tickY[34] Green tickY[34]
Hallows Die Green tickY[35]
Hearse Green tickY[36]
Incision Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Infestdead Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Kaoteon Green tickY[37]
Karaboudjan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Katatonia Green tickY[38] Green tickY[39] Green tickY[40]
Lay Down Rotten Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Maceration Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
M.E.S.S Green tickY[41] Green tickY[42]
Mahlstrøm Green tickY
Marduk Green tickY
Masticate Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Mechanization Green tickY[43]
Millencolin Green tickY[44]
Mirrors of Obsidian Green tickY
Moredhel Green tickY[45]
Mörk Gryning Green tickY
MyGrain Green tickY Green tickY
Nasum Green tickY Green tickY
Nightingale Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Novembers Doom[46] Green tickY[47][48][49] Green tickY[50]
Novembre Green tickY[51]
October Tide Green tickY[52]
Oddland Green tickY Green tickY
Odyssey[53] Green tickY[54] Green tickY[54] Green tickY[55] Green tickY Green tickY[55]
Omnium Gatherum Green tickY[56] Green tickY[57] Green tickY Green tickY[57]
Opeth Green tickY[58] Green tickY[59] Green tickY[59]
Overflash Green tickY
Pain Green tickY[60]
Pan.Thy.Monium Green tickY Green tickY
Proserpine[61] Green tickY[62]
Rakshasas Green tickY[63]
Ribspreader Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Route Nine Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY ? ? Green tickY
Rytmihäiriö[64] Green tickY[65] Green tickY[65]
Scartown Green tickY[66]
Somnae Green tickY[67]
Sörskogen Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Star One Green tickY[68][69] Green tickY Green tickY[68][69]
Steel Green tickY Green tickY
Subway Mirror Green tickY Green tickY
The Foreshadowing[70] Green tickY Green tickY
Theatre of Tragedy Green tickY[71] Green tickY Green tickY
Therion Green tickY[72]
Threshold Green tickY[73]
Torture Division[74] Green tickY
Total Terror Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Uncanny Green tickY
Under Black Clouds Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Vinterland Green tickY Green tickY
Wake Arkane Green tickY
Winds Green tickY
Witherscape Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Wounded Knee Green tickY Green tickY

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

(All Instruments/Vocals)

with Edge of Sanity[edit]

(Vocals/Keyboards/Add. Guitar 1989-1997), (All Instruments/Vocals 2003)

with Nightingale[edit]

Drums (1994-2000), Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards (1994-present)

with Pan.Thy.Monium[edit]

(Bass/Keyboards/FX)

with Unicorn[edit]

(Drums/Lead Vocals)

  • 1988 - A Collection of Worlds, Part I (Demo)
  • 1989 - A Collection of Worlds, Part II (Demo)
  • 1991 - The Weirdest of Tales (Demo)
  • 1992 - After Before (Demo)
  • 1993 - Ever Since
  • 1995 - Emotional Wasteland
  • 2015 - A Collection of Worlds Resurrection

with Infestdead[edit]

(Guitar/Bass/Drum-programming)

  • 1996 – Killing Christ (EP)
  • 1997 – Hellfuck
  • 1999 – JesuSatan
  • 2015 - Satanic Serenades (Compilation)

with Steel[edit]

(Vocals)

with Katatonia[edit]

(Session drums)

with Odyssey[edit]

(All Instruments/Vocals)

  • 1999 - Odyssey (EP)
  • 2010 - Reinventing the Past

with Bloodbath[edit]

(Guitar/Vocals/Keyboards) (Drums 00-02)

with Karaboudjan[edit]

(All Instruments/Vocals)

  • 2001 – Sbrodj (EP)

with Total Terror[edit]

(Guitar/Vocals)

  • 2008 - Total Terror

with Witherscape[edit]

(Drums/Vocals/Keyboards)

  • 2013 - The Inheritance
  • 2014 - The New Tomorrow (EP)
  • 2016 - The Northern Sanctuary

with Incision[edit]

(Drums/Vocals)

  • 1990 - Perverted Possessions (Demo)
  • 1991 - Infest Incest (EP) (Unreleased)

with Darkcide[edit]

(All instruments/Vocals)

  • 2007 - Split EP with Infestdead

with Masticate[edit]

(Guitar/Bass/Vocals)

  • 1990 - Desecration (Demo)

with Stygg Död[edit]

(Bass/Vocals)

  • 1990 - Välkommen till Helvetet (Demo)
  • 1990 - 666+Våld (Demo)

with Brejn Dedd[edit]

(Drums/Backing Vocals)

  • 1998 - First Demo (Demo)
  • 1988 - Ugly Tapez (Demo)
  • 1989 - Born Ugly (Demo)

with Wounded Knee[edit]

(Drums/Backing Vocals)

  • 1990 - Searching (EP)
  • 1992 - Feelings

with Route Nine[edit]

(Drums/Bass/Vocals/Keyboards)

  • 1992 - Disrupted Vacancy (Demo)
  • 1993 – Before I Close My Eyes Forever (EP)
  • 2001 - The Works (Compilation)

with Ulan Bator[edit]

(Drums/Backing Vocals)

  • 1990 - Gummicancer (Demo)
  • 1990 - På Rätt Spår (EP)

with Ghost[edit]

(Drums/Vocals)

  • 1985 - Djävulstriangeln (Demo)
  • 1986 - Hollywood (Demo)
  • 1987 - Solens Söner (Demo)

with Subway Mirror/O(:the circle)[edit]

(Guitars/Vocals)

  • 1990 - Prime
  • 1991 - Golliwog
  • 1992 - RaQ
  • 1993 - Jpp
  • 1994 - Unreleased album
  • 1998 - Wisepope

with Deppdöden[edit]

(Drums)

  • 1990 - Titta först på när jag dansar (EP)

with Star One[edit]

(Vocals)

  • 2002 – Space Metal
  • 2003 – Live on Earth
  • 2010 – Victims of the Modern Age

with Maceration[edit]

(Vocals)

  • 1992 - A serenade of agony

Miscellaneous[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ratsit – Gratis upplysning pĺ företag och privatpersoner". Ratsit.se. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Bloodbath". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Witherscape: Releases". witherscape.com. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Century Media Records: Witherscape". Century Media Records. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Dan Swanö comments on the next album release". Ultimate Metal Forums. 31 February 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Bleeding the False
  7. ^ "Aeon: New Album Title Announced". Blabbermouth. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=175101">ANCIENT ASCENDANT To Release 'Into The Dark' In August – 7 June 2012, Retrieved 12 May 2013
  9. ^ "http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=175101">ANCIENT ASCENDANT To Release 'Into The Dark' In August – 7 June 2012, Retrieved 12 May 2013
  10. ^ The Last Alliance
  11. ^ a b The Last Alliance
  12. ^ Street Art Gallery (Album, 1996)
  13. ^ a b Duh (EP)
  14. ^ "Unisound Recordings – 2015". 
  15. ^ A Dance on the Grave (1995)
  16. ^ "Unisound Recordings – 2012". 
  17. ^ Breath of the Demiurg (Album, 2007), The Hate Chamber (Album, 2008) & Slakthus Gamleby (Album, 2010)
  18. ^ Catacombs of the Grotesque (Album)
  19. ^ Nightwork
  20. ^ a b Death's Design
  21. ^ The Phantom Lodge
  22. ^ a b Coma Ghosts
  23. ^ a b Glorious Collision
  24. ^ "Evocation Prepares To Record New Album". Blabbermouth. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  25. ^ On The Song "Fraud of Dark" from The Album, Frozen in Fire
  26. ^ Frozen in Fire
  27. ^ On The Song "Legend", from The Album, "Black Box"
  28. ^ In the Electric Mist (Album, 1995) & A Wayfarers Tears (Album, 1997)
  29. ^ As The Shadows Fall (Album, 1993)
  30. ^ "Gorath Parts Ways With Drummer, Announces Replacement". Blabbermouth. 27 December 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  31. ^ Misotheism (Album)
  32. ^ MXCII (Album)
  33. ^ "Hail of Bullets Putting Finishing Touches on New Album". Blabbermouth. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  34. ^ a b ....Of Frost and War (Album)
  35. ^ World of Ruin (Album)
  36. ^ In These Veins
  37. ^ Veni Vidi Vomui
  38. ^ Jhva Elohim Meth... The Revival & Dance of December Souls
  39. ^ Tonight's Decision
  40. ^ Jhva Elohim Meth... The Revival & Dance of December Souls
  41. ^ Weekend Ritual Massacre (Album)
  42. ^ Weekend Ritual Massacre
  43. ^ "Mechanization – Discography". 
  44. ^ For Monkeys
  45. ^ Metamorphose (Album)
  46. ^ "Novembers Doom: A Eulogy For The Living Lost Video Released". Blabbermouth. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  47. ^ The Pale Haunt Departure
  48. ^ The Novella Reservoir
  49. ^ Into Night's Requiem Infernal
  50. ^ Guitar solo on the song "Dark World Burden" on the album The Pale Haunt Departure
  51. ^ Wish I Could Dream it Again (Album, 1994) & Arte Novecento (Album, 1996)
  52. ^ Rain Without End
  53. ^ "Odyssey: Reinventing The Past Artwork Unveiled". Blabbermouth. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  54. ^ a b Odyssey (EP, 1999) & Reinventing the Past (Album, 2010)
  55. ^ a b Odyssey & Reinventing the Past
  56. ^ The Redshift
  57. ^ a b The Redshift
  58. ^ Morningrise
  59. ^ a b Morningrise
  60. ^ Nothing Remains The Same
  61. ^ "About Proserpine". Proserpine. 
  62. ^ Human Machine (Album)
  63. ^ Kans Mama Da Shraaph (EP)
  64. ^ "Albumit | Rytmihäiriö". Surmacore.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  65. ^ a b Surmantuoja (Album)
  66. ^ "Легенды большого города" (Russian spelling for "Legends of a big city")
  67. ^ Forever More (EP)"Dan Swanö Mastering Somnae Forevermore E.P.". Somnae. 
  68. ^ a b Victims of the Modern Age
  69. ^ a b Space Metal
  70. ^ "The official The Foreshadowing releases page". 
  71. ^ Theatre of Tragedy
  72. ^ Theli and A'arab Zaraq – Lucid Dreaming
  73. ^ Dead Reckoning
  74. ^ "Torture Division: Evighetens Dårar II Demo Details Revealed". Blabbermouth. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  75. ^ "Dan Swanö Issues Update on Second Sky Project". Blabbermouth. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  76. ^ "The Project Hate MCMXCIX Announces Lineup Changes". Blabbermouth. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 

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