Purgatory Afterglow

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Purgatory Afterglow
Studio album by Edge of Sanity
Released 1 October 1994 (1994-10-01)[1]
Recorded July 1994, Unisound Studios, Örebro, Sweden
Genre Melodic death metal, progressive death metal
Length 45:11
52:06 (with bonus tracks)
Label Black Mark
Producer Dan Swanö
Edge of Sanity
Edge of Sanity chronology
Until Eternity Ends
(1994)Until Eternity Ends1994
Purgatory Afterglow
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Vampire Magazine (favorable)[3]

Purgatory Afterglow is the fourth full-length studio album by Swedish death metal band Edge of Sanity. The album was recorded by Dan Swanö in Unisound Studios, Örebro, Sweden, in July 1994 and released in 1994 by Black Mark Production. Purgatory Afterglow is dedicated to the loving memory of Kurt Cobain. There are two different versions to the disc; the mirror-like disc with black letters and the black disc with gold letters. The Japanese release features the tracks "Until Eternity Ends" and "Eternal Eclipse" from the Until Eternity Ends EP. One of the two only Edge of Sanity videos was made for the song "Black Tears" and it can be viewed here (the other video was done for "Uncontrol Me" from the Cryptic album). This song was covered by the bands Eternal Tears of Sorrow, on their album Chaotic Beauty, and Heaven Shall Burn, on their album Iconoclast (Part 1: The Final Resistance).


In July 2014, Guitar World ranked Purgatory Afterglow at number 35 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Dan Swanö, unless otherwise mentioned; all music composed by Dan Swanö, unless otherwise mentioned.

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Twilight"     7:51
2. "Of Darksome Origin" Dan Swanö, Andreas "Dread" Axelsson Swanö, Dread 5:02
3. "Blood-Colored" Swanö, Dread   4:01
4. "Silent"     5:06
5. "Black Tears"     3:15
6. "Elegy"   Swanö, Dread 3:57
7. "Velvet Dreams" Dread Dread, Swanö 7:11
8. "Enter Chaos" Dread Dread 2:24
9. "The Sinner and the Sadness"     3:07
10. "Song of Sirens" Sami Nerberg, Dread Swanö, Dread, Nerberg 2:33
11. "Until Eternity Ends" (Japanese bonus track)     4:02
12. "Eternal Eclipse" (Japanese bonus track)     2:53
Total length: 52:06


Edge of Sanity
  • Dan Swanövoices, keyboards (1, 5), guitars (lead on tracks 3, 4 and 5; acoustic guitar on track 5; harmony guitars on tracks 6 and 9), intro (4)
  • Anders Lindberg – bass
  • Benny Larsson – drums
  • Andreas Axelssonguitars (second and fourth guitar leads on track 8; harmony guitar on track 7), backing vocals (2, 7), vocals (10)
  • Sami Nerberg – guitars (first and third guitar leads on track 8), vocals (10)
  • Dan Swanö – engineering
  • Necrolord – cover art
  • Peter in de Betou – mastering
  • Börje Forsberg – executive producer
  • Åsa Jonsén – photography