Edge of Sanity - _Crimson_
(Black Mark, 1996)
by: Gino Filicetti (
Wow! If you've never thought a 40-minute song was ever possible, think again! Dan Swano and his cohorts have lived up to their promise and delivered _Crimson_, a song that not only enthralls the listener, but makes time absolutely fly by while listening to it. If you've read the interview with Swano in CoC #4, you already knew what this mastermind was up to. For about 2 weeks at the end of '95 and the beginning of '96, Edge of Sanity locked themselves up in Dan's Unisound Studios and started the creation of _Crimson_ completely from scratch. In about 24 hours, the basic ideas for the music were laid out, and the lyrics were written in another 24 hours. The music on this album combines all the elements that have made up the Edge of Sanity sound since their first album, _Nothing But Death Remains_. _Crimson_ goes from the most brutal end of the musical spectrum to the most melodious and back again. The lyrics are conceptual and tell the tale of a world in the distant future where good battles evil only to turn into evil itself and be beaten by the new forces of good. Confusing? Yes. Interesting? Most definitely. It's safe to say that Edge of Sanity have created an epic that will forever have its place in history, not only because of its extreme length, but because of its musical mastery.
(article published 4/18/1996)
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