Released: 2004, Black Mark
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
This band is totally new to me even though INVISIBLE is their third release. The band leader is the well known Dan Swanö and I don’t think that this multi talented musician/producer needs any further introduction. Nightingale also consists of Tom (Pan-thy-monium, Karaboudjan), Erik (Godsend) and Tom (Memory Garden, Memento Mori), but I don’t know if that line up has been steady all of the time. Dan has produced half of the ten tracks on the album and has written everything except “Still Alive” and “The Wake,” which are written by Maxus Widar. The other 5 tracks are produced and written by Tom Nouga.
INVISIBLE was recorded and mixed at Studio Underground and together with Pelle Saether, Dan has done the engineering and the mixing. And how have Dan and Tom succeeded with the production? Well they have created a full and airy production giving the musicians a lot of space and I have absolutely nothing to complain about regarding the production.
Dan is mostly known for his work within the brutal metal scene, for example Bloodbath, which recently released their new album or for the work in Edge of Sanity. He has also produced acts like Opeth, Marduk and Dissection.
Nightingale however is, believe it or not, guitar based melodic hardrock with a few progressive influences here and there. But as usual in this genre we have a few ballads too, represented by “To The End” and “One of The Lonely Ones” which are two up tempo ballads, while “The Wake” is an almost strictly acoustic ballad.
Dan takes control over the lead vocals and he is not the greatest singer in the world, so I think he could have put someone else behind the mic like Göran Edman or Mats Levén. Along with that, he plays both guitar and keyboards on the album. But he is one of the leading names in the Swedish metal scene today so he is excused with the somewhat weak lead vocals. Music and lyric wise, I have nothing to object to, as this whole album is packed with really well played melodic hardrock. On top of that, this album has an extremely good looking cover and booklet. This album must be one of the best melodic hardrock albums during 2004.
This album is a recommended purchase for all of the melodic hardrock fans out there or for the fans of Dan Swanö.
Killer tracks “Still Alive,” “Invisible,” “Atlantis Rising,” “Misery,” “The Wake,” “One of The Lonely Ones,” “World’s Apart” and “Stalingrad” if I have to choose some.