Nightingale - _The Closing Chronicles_
(Black Mark, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (
I was really not impressed with Nightingale's debut album _The Breathing Shadow_ and its gothic/80s rock format (see CoC #7), but I must say that the follow-up to that ridiculous first effort isn't that bad. With the new style and sound of Nightingale being pressed as somewhere between Marillion, Kansas and Asia (even Canada's Rush at times), the effort and creativity put forth by Dan Swano seems to be more there this time. His music seems to work, with its heavy dose of synthesizers and melodic riffs creating very captivating songs on album number two. Noteworthy numbers include: "Thoughts From a Stolen Soul", "Revival", and "Deep Inside of Nowhere." Those who know of Swano's work with Edge of Sanity and what he did with the 1995 Nightingale release know that his work with his solo project of Nightingale is representative of him cleansing out other hopes and ambitions he wishes to create with his music. Seems as though Swano did some proper housecleaning this time. _TCC_ is worthy of looking into if you are fans of progressive metal (Dream Theater/Fates Warning) or wizard rock (Styx/Genesis).
(article published 11/10/1996)
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