Nightingale - _The Breathing Shadow_
(Black Mark, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (
I'm guessing producer/musician Dan Swano had some spare time off from producing an album or two to just sit down and try to be creative. Well Dan, _The Breathing Shadow_, (an album he wrote, recorded and mixed) didn't really seem to get anything going except maybe a few hard laughs from death metal fans worldwide - not to mention some unkind words from critics too. This album is not what a lot of people might expect from the very talented Swano. Nothing at all. More like a rock record, _The Breathing Shadow_ is not really rooted by any metallic means. Sure, there is some ambience to some of the songs, maybe even gothic at times, but it sounds more like a carbon copy of an 'old school' 80's band like Dokken or Stryper than a musical mastermind at work. To be honest with you, I couldn't sit through this whole record.
(article published 2/9/1996)
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