Origin: Sweden
Genres: Melodic Death Metal

Edge Of Sanity  


Edge Of Sanity was one of the top Swedish death metal bands of the early nineties, as well as the main vehicle for Dan Swanö, who has recorded with several other bands and has been a well-respected producer in the Swedish metal community. While the early-to-mid material such as Purgatory Afterglow were quite good, the band arguably peaked with the ambitious Crimson, consisting entirely of a single, impressively performed 40-minute song. Their followup, Infernal, though not bad, appears to foreshadow Swanö's impending departure, as the album seems to lack any sort of identity, and there is a noticeable split of Swanö songs vs. non-Swanö songs. With Swanö out of the band, the rest of the members recruited Robert Karlsson as new vocalist and recorded one last album, Cryptic, which was somewhat of a return to the faster, less melodic early period of the band. After the release of the Evolution compilation (which features, as many compilations do, various remixes and unreleased material), the members drifted apart and the band eventually broke up, though not with any real announcement.

In 2003 Swanö resurrected the Edge Of Sanity name, and has now released Crimson II, essentially as a solo release with some help from various friends. To be reviewed here in the future, the initial reports are very positive.

Current Members

Dan Swanö

vocals (Bloodbath, Godgory, Godsend, Karaboudjan, Nightingale, Pan-Thy-Monium, Dan Swanö)

Former Members/Guests

Robert Karlsson

vocals (Pan-Thy-Monium, Solar Dawn)

Andreas Axelsson

guitars (Marduk)

Sami Nerberg

guitars

Anders Lindberg

bass

Benny Larsson

drums (Godsend, Ophthalamia, Pan-Thy-Monium)


Discography



Nothing But Death Remains 
1991 Black Mark
  1. Tales...
  2. Human aberration
  3. Maze of existence
  4. The dead
  5. Decepted by the cross
  6. Angel of distress
  7. Impulsive necroplasma
  8. Immortal souls
  • Dan Swanö
  • Andreas Axelsson
  • Sami Nerberg
  • Anders Lindberg
  • Benny Larsson

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility 



Unorthodox 
1992 Black Mark
  1. The unorthodox
  2. Enigma
  3. Incipience to the butchery
  4. In the veins/Darker than black
  5. Everlasting
  6. After afterlife
  7. Beyond the unknown
  8. Nocturnal
  9. A curfew for the damned
  10. Cold sun
  11. The day of maturity
  12. Requiscon by page
  13. Dead by dreaming
  14. When all is said
  • Dan Swanö
  • Andreas Axelsson
  • Sami Nerberg
  • Anders Lindberg
  • Benny Larsson

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Metal Observer 



The Spectral Sorrows 
1993 Black Mark
  1. The spectral sorrows
  2. Darkday
  3. Livin' hell
  4. Lost
  5. Masque
  6. Blood of my enemies
  7. Jesus cries
  8. Across the fields of forever
  9. On the other side
  10. Sacrificed
  11. Waiting to die
  12. Feedin' the charlatan
  13. A serenade for the dead
  • Dan Swanö
  • Andreas Axelsson
  • Sami Nerberg
  • Anders Lindberg
  • Benny Larsson

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Metal Observer 



Purgatory Afterglow 
1994 Black Mark
  1. Twilight
  2. Of darksome origin
  3. Blood-colored
  4. Silent
  5. Black tears
  6. Elegy
  7. Velvet dreams
  8. Enter chaos
  9. The sinner and the sadness
  10. Song of sirens
  • Dan Swanö
  • Andreas Axelsson
  • Sami Nerberg
  • Anders Lindberg
  • Benny Larsson

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Metal Observer 



(EP) Until Eternity Ends 
1994 Black Mark
  1. Until eternity ends
  2. Eternal eclipse
  3. Bleed
  4. Invisible sun
  • Dan Swanö
  • Andreas Axelsson
  • Sami Nerberg
  • Anders Lindberg
  • Benny Larsson




Crimson 
1996 Black Mark
  1. Crimson
  • Dan Swanö
  • Andreas Axelsson
  • Sami Nerberg
  • Anders Lindberg
  • Benny Larsson
1996 BNR Top Ten album

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Metal Observer 



Infernal 
1997 Black Mark
  1. Hell is where the heart is
  2. Helter skelter

  3. The bleakness of it all
  4. Damned (by the damned)
  5. Forever together forever
  6. Losing myself
  7. Hollow
  8. Inferno
  9. Burn the sun
  10. The last song
  • Dan Swanö
  • Andreas Axelsson
  • Sami Nerberg
  • Anders Lindberg
  • Benny Larsson

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility 



Cryptic 
1997 Black Mark
  1. Hell written
  2. Uncontroll me
  3. No destiny
  4. Demon I
  5. Not of this world
  6. Dead I walk
  7. Born, breed, bleeding
  8. Bleed you dry
  • Robert Karlsson
  • Andreas Axelsson
  • Sami Nerberg
  • Anders Lindberg
  • Benny Larsson

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Metal Observer 



Evolution  COMPILATION
1999 Black Mark
  1. Pernicious Anguish (Remix)
  2. Immortal Souls
  3. Maze of Existence (Epidemic Reign, Part I) (Remix)
  4. The Dead
  5. Angel of Distress (Remix)
  6. Everlasting
  7. After Afterlife (Remix)
  8. Human Aberration
  9. Kill the Police (Cryptic Death cover)
  10. When All Is Said (Remix)
  11. Blood of My Enemies (Demo Manowar cover)
  12. Elegy
  13. The Masque (Remix)
  14. Pernicious Anguish
  15. Until Eternity Ends (Remix)
  16. Song of Sirens (Remix)
  17. Criminally Insane (Slayer cover)
  18. Murder. Dividead (Remix)
  19. I Wanna Go Home (Sator cover)
  20. Damned by the Damned
  21. Moonshine
  22. Bleed You Dry
  23. Mother (Danzig cover)
  24. Epidemic Reign




Crimson II 
2003 Black Mark
  1. I - The Forbidden Words
  2. II - Incantation
  3. III - Passage Of Time
  4. IV - The Silent Threat
  5. V - Achilles Heel
  6. VI - Covenant Of Souls
  7. VII - Face To Face
  8. VIII - Disintegration
  9. IX - Aftermath




When All Is Said - The Best Of Edge Of Sanity  COMPILATION
2006 Black Mark
  1. Tales...
  2. Human Aberration
  3. Enigma
  4. In the Veins / Darker Than Black
  5. Lost
  6. The Masque
  7. Until Eternity Ends
  8. Eternal Eclipse
  9. Twilight
  10. Black Tears

  11. Hell Is Where the Heart Is
  12. Hellwritten
  13. Bleed You Dry
  14. Crimson
  15. Crimson II




Kur-Nu-Gi-A  COMPILATION
2012 Black Mark
  1. Decepted by the Cross
  2. Maze of Existence
  3. Beyond the Unknown
  4. The Day of Maturity
  5. Immortal Souls
  6. Serenade for the Dead
  7. Decepted by the Cross (Live)
  8. Immortal Souls (Live)
  9. Maze of Existence (Roughmix)


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