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Edge Of Sanity - Purgatory Afterglow (10/10) - Sweden - 1994

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Black Mark
Playing time: 45:11
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  1. Twilight
  2. Of Darksome Origin
  3. Blood-Colored
  4. Silent
  5. Black Tears
  6. Elegy
  7. Velvet Dreams
  8. Enter Chaos
  9. The Sinner And The Sadness
  10. Song Of Sirens
Edge Of Sanity - Purgatory Afterglow

EDGE OF SANITY will forever be known for releasing their ground-breaking album, "Crimson", and with good reason. That album was unique. One song that spans for 40 minutes, yet it manages to keep the listeners attention for the whole duration of it is no easy feat. Read the review on this site, I basically agree with it.

Unfortunately, that album will cast a HUGE shadow over this one (the preceding one), which is just as worthy of praise.

One thing I realized about EDGE OF SANITY is their (or Dan Swanö's?) to be able to play any type of music, yet give it the atmosphere that makes the song purely theirs. Going from a cheesy love song intro, the first song then goes from to a Melodic Metal interlude, to a Thrash verse, to an almost dance-y chorus section, all while reminding you that what you are hearing is EDGE OF SANITY. It's an uncanny ability for a band to be able to divulge and traverse the many subgenres of Metal yet keep their identity intact and without losing their songs' quality.

Also, their songwriting is top notch. Not only does each individual riff rule (no other way to describe it, sorry), the way they're arranged in the song makes each of them seem that those riffs were made to be structured the way presented. All the songs flow smoothly, each riff a prelude to the other one, and it's almost as if a story is being told musically. Hell, even the lyrical nature and the music have thematic similarities. Both lyrically and musically, "Twilight" sounds elven in nature, "Of Darksome Origin" and "Silent" are brutal, "Velvet Dreams" has a morose tone to it, "Enter Chaos" is, well…..chaotic and "The Sinner And The Sadness" is just sinister.

Add to this band, a man with Dan Swanö's vocals. If you've heard his vocal work, you know what I'm going to say. If you haven't, the man's growls are simply the BEST in the business, as it is not only one of the most brutal I've ever heard, you can make out, WITHOUT the booklet, what he's singing, and, more importantly, he growls notes, and he can make himself sound truly evil, plus, his clean singing is quite excellent (verse of "Blood-Colored" and all of "Black Tears"). The best word to describe his singing is warm, as it is a soothing and comforting.

This album deserves almost as every bit of praise as "Crimson" (I say almost since EDGE OF SANITY achieved the impossible with that album). (Online July 7, 2003)

Armen Janjanian

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