The Breathing Shadow

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The Breathing Shadow
The Breathing Shadow.jpg
Studio album by Nightingale
Released 1995
Studio Unisound
Length 53:31
Label Black Mark
Producer Dan Swanö
Nightingale chronology
The Breathing Shadow
The Closing Chronicles
(1996)The Closing Chronicles1996
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Encyclopaedia Metallum (82%)[1]

The Breathing Shadow is the first album by the band Nightingale. It was recorded and mixed within a week by Dan Swanö alone at his Unisound studio; Nightingale did not yet exist as a band, and was simply a solo project by Swanö. This is the only album of Nightingale to use a drum machine (the other albums have Swanö or someone else on drums). Unlike the hard rock/AOR-oriented direction of later albums, The Breathing Shadow showcases the style of goth rock similar to The Sisters of Mercy. The songs "Nightfall Overture" and "The Dreamreader" were re-recorded on the 2004 compilation album, Nightfall Overture.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Nightfall Overture" 8:10
2. "Sleep..." 4:40
3. "The Dreamreader" 5:24
4. "Higher Than the Sky" 6:15
5. "Recovery Opus" 2:15
6. "The Return to Dreamland" 3:04
7. "Gypsy Eyes" 3:38
8. "Alone?" 6:37
9. "A Lesson in Evil" 5:53
10. "Eye for an Eye" 7:22
Total length: 53:31


  • Peter in de Betou - mastering
  • Holger Stratmann - cover art, design, photography
  • Börje Forsberg - Executive producer