Dan Swanö live at Nosturi
|Also known as||Day DiSyraah|
|Born||10 March 1973|
|Genres||Progressive metal, death metal, progressive rock, power metal, avant-garde metal, gothic rock, melodic death metal, black metal, doom metal|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion, saxophone, cello, programming|
|Associated acts||Therion, Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath, Katatonia, Nightingale, Opeth, Ribspreader, Millencolin, Witherscape, Marduk, Threshold, Star One (band)|
Dan-Erland Swanö,also known as Dan "The Man" Swanö (born 10 March 1973), is a Swedish musician and record producer who is currently the vocalist, guitarist, ex-bassist and ex-drummer for the band Nightingale, lately vocalist, keyboardist and drummer for the band Witherscape, as well as the owner of Unisound, but he achieved fame as the vocalist and songwriter of progressive death metal band Edge of Sanity.
As a multi-instrumentalist he is regarded as influential in the underground melodic death metal, black metal, progressive metal, death metal, progressive rock, and power metal communities. He is known for his progressive rock-influenced songwriting style and his frequent use of both clean and growled vocals.
Swanö has fronted a number of bands, including Edge of Sanity, Brejn Dedd, Unicorn, Infestdead and Route Nine. He has also been a member of Katatonia and Ribspreader, as well as playing drums and lead guitar in death metal band Bloodbath.
Swanö also participated in Steel, a one-off power metal project from Sweden that featured him and members of Opeth. Started in 1996, this collaboration emerged during the recording sessions for Opeth's Morningrise album. During a jam session, when the band were soundchecking the drums, they hit upon an idea to record a short piece for fun, entitled Guitars and Metal. This gave birth to Steel. Subsequently, they were asked to record more songs and when they did, the songs which were originally meant for a demo, actually appeared on a limited picture 7" EP, entitled Heavy Metal Machine released by Near Dark Productions. To this date, it remains their sole record. Featuring only two songs, Heavy Metal Machine sounds very much like a typical 1980s power metal band, with high-pitched vocals, shredding solos, pounding bass lines and even 1980s-style sound effects (police sirens, etc.). However, the record is not meant to be taken as a serious power metal attempt, explaining Swanö's extremely high-pitched vocals. As a limited release, Heavy Metal Machine remains a collectors' item and is hard to come by.
He has also contributed his vocal talents to Arjen Lucassen's Star One project. The two musicians are good friends, with Lucassen contributing guitar parts to Swanö's Nightingale project. He can also be heard on the albums Theli and A'arab Zaraq – Lucid Dreaming by the symphonic opera metal band Therion. He was also producer and contributing writer of the band Diabolical Masquerade, the now-defunct solo avant-garde black metal band of Anders Nyström aka Blakkheim (Katatonia, Bloodbath, ex-Bewitched). He also contributed some guitar solos, backing vocals on various Diabolical Masquerade albums, and played the drums on the album Nightwork. He also produced and played the keyboards on the Memories from Nothing album by Swedish progressive rockers Another Life, released on Vic Records.
Swanö has also released a solo progressive death metal album entitled Moontower , on which he showcases his multi-instrumental talent, playing all instruments (guitar, bass, drums, keyboard) as well as providing all the vocal work.
In July 2007 he auditioned to be lead singer for the Israeli project Amaseffer but lost the part to Mats Levén.
During 2009 Swanö re-activated Odyssey, this time performing all instruments by himself. Swanö recorded 7 of his all-time favourite songs which was released in November 2010 on the album 'Reinventing The Past', together with the three 1999 tracks as a bonus on Dutch based Vic Records. His brother Dag played guest lead guitar on the song 'Gypsy' (Uriah Heep cover).
In 2013, Swanö released with his new project Witherscape the full studio album The Inheritance, with Ragnar Widerberg as co-member, and the collaboration of, amongst other guest musicians, Novembers Doom's founder Paul Kuhr. It was followed a year after by the EP The New Tomorrow. In 2016, the full studio album The Northern Sanctuary was released, via Century Media Records like its predecessors, featuring once again Paul Kuhr.
Dan Swanö has a diverse vocal register, encompassing many styles, which include death growls; clean, melodic singing with a warm rich tone; deep, dark, gothic vocals and thrash shouting. As a peculiarity, he is a left-handed guitarist, but plays on right-handed guitars without reversing the strings.
Unisound Studio (also Unisound Recordingsor Gorysound Studio) is a recording studio owned and operated by Dan Swanö. It used to be in Finspång, Sweden, but was closed down in around 2001 because of his family. The studio was later relocated into Swanö's home in Örebro, Sweden.
Despite the large amount of releases to his name, Swanö up until recently worked full-time in a music store(Musikbörsen) in Örebro, near his home in Sweden, rarely doing live performances with any of his bands. Dan has an older brother, Dag Swanö who plays guitars and keyboards in Nightingale, formerly under the name of "Tom Nouga".
|Member||Other Instruments|| Record|
|Another Perfect Day|
|As Light Dies|
|Dawn of Dreams|
|Edge of Sanity|
|Fall of Serenity|
|Gates of Ishtar|
|Hail of Bullets|
|Lay Down Rotten|
|Mirrors of Obsidian|
|Theatre of Tragedy|
|Under Black Clouds|
|1988||Brejn Dedd||First Demo||Backing vocals||Drums||Demo|
|1988||Brejn Dedd||Ugly Tapez||Backing vocals||Drums||Demo|
|1989||Brejn Dedd||Born Ugly||Backing vocals||Drums||Demo|
|1989||Unicorn||A Collection of Worlds, Part I||Vocals||Drums||Demo|
|1989||Unicorn||A Collection of Worlds, Part II||Vocals||Drums||Demo|
|1990||Stygg Död||Välkommen till Helvetet||Vocals||Bass||Demo|
|1990||Ulan Bator||Gummicancer||Backing vocals||Drums||Demo|
|1990||Deppdöden||Titta först på när jag dansar||Drums||EP|
|1990||Wounded Knee||Searching||Backing vocals||Drums||EP|
|1990||Ulan Bator||På Rätt Spår||Backing vocals||Drums||EP|
|1990||Subway Mirror/O(:the circle)||Prime||Vocals||Guitars|
|1991||Incision||Infest Incest||Vocals||Drums||EP, Unreleased|
|1991||Edge of Sanity||Nothing But Death Remains||Vocals||Add. Guitar||Keyboards|
|1991||Subway Mirror/O(:the circle)||Golliwog||Vocals||Guitars|
|1991||Unicorn||The Weirdest of Tales||Vocals||Drums||Demo|
|1991||Wounded Knee||Feelings||Backing vocals||Drums|
|1992||Edge of Sanity||Unorthodox||Vocals||Add. Guitar||Keyboards|
|1992||Pan.Thy.Monium||Dawn of Dreams||Bass||Keyboards|
|1992||Maceration||A Serenade of Agony||Vocals|
|1992||Route Nine||Disrupted Vacancy||Vocals||Bass||Drums||Keyboards||Demo|
|1992||Subway Mirror/O(:the circle)||RaQ||Vocals||Guitars|
|1993||Edge of Sanity||The Spectral Sorrows||Vocals||Add. Guitar||Keyboards|
|1993||Route Nine||Before I Close My Eyes Forever||Vocals||Bass||Drums||Keyboards||EP|
|1993||Subway Mirror/O(:the circle)||Jpp||Vocals||Guitars|
|1994||Edge of Sanity||Until Eternity Ends||Vocals||Add. Guitar||Keyboards||EP|
|1994||Edge of Sanity||Purgatory Afterglow||Vocals||Add. Guitar||Keyboards|
|1994||Subway Mirror/O(:the circle)||Unreleased album||Vocals||Guitars|
|1995||Nightingale||The Breathing Shadow||Vocals||All Instruments|
|1996||Edge of Sanity||Crimson||Vocals||Add. Guitar||Keyboards|
|1996||Nightingale||The Closing Chronicles||Vocals||Guitars||Drums||Keyboards|
|1996||Pan.Thy.Monium||Khaooohs and Kon-Fus-Ion||Bass|
|1997||Edge of Sanity||Infernal||Vocals||Add. Guitar||Keyboards|
|1998||Subway Mirror/O(:the circle)||Wisepope||Vocals||Guitars|
|1998||Steel||Heavy Metal Machine||Vocals||EP|
|1998||Dan Swanö||Moontower||Vocals||All Instruments|
|1999||Edge of Sanity||Evolution||Vocals||Add. Guitar||Keyboards||Compilation|
|1999||Katatonia||Tonight's Decision||Session drums|
|2000||Bloodbath||Breeding Death||Backing vocals||Drums||EP|
|2001||Route Nine||The Works||Vocals||Guitars||Bass||Drums||Keyboards||Compilation|
|2002||Bloodbath||Resurrection Through Carnage||Drums|
|2002||Star One||Space Metal||Vocals|
|2003||Edge of Sanity||Crimson II||Vocals||All Instruments|
|2004||Bloodbath||Nightmares Made Flesh||Backing vocals||Guitars||Bass|
|2006||Edge of Sanity||When All Is Said||Vocals||Add. Guitar||Keyboards||Compilation|
|2007||Darkcide||Split EP with Infestdead||Vocals||All Instruments|
|2008||Bloodbath||The Wacken Carnage||Backing vocals||Guitar||Live|
|2008||Total Terror||Total Terror||Vocals||Guitar|
|2008||Nightingale||Box of Rock||Vocals||Guitar||Keyboards||Compilation|
|2010||Odyssey||Reinventing the Past||Vocals||All Instruments|
|2010||Star One||Victims of the Modern Age||Vocals|
|2012||Edge of Sanity||Kur-Nu-Gi-A||Vocals||Add. Guitar||Keyboards||EP|
|2014||Witherscape||The New Tomorrow||Vocals||Guitars||Keyboards||EP|
|2015||Unicorn||A Collection of Worlds Resurrection||Vocals||Drums||Compilation|
|2016||Witherscape||The Northern Sanctuary||Vocals||Guitars||Keyboards|
|2017||Nightingale||Rock Hard Live||Vocals||Guitars||Keyboards||Live|
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