Dan Swanö

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Dan-Erland Swanö[1] (born 10 March 1973), also known as Dan "The Man" Swanö, 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.

Dan Swanö
Swanö live at Nosturi 2008
Swanö live at Nosturi 2008
Background information
Also known asDay DiSyraah
Born (1973-03-10) 10 March 1973 (age 48)
Finspång, Sweden
OriginÖrebro, Sweden
GenresProgressive metal, death metal, progressive rock, power metal, avant-garde metal, gothic rock, melodic death metal, black metal, doom metal
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion
Years active1988–present
LabelsBlack Mark
Associated actsTherion, Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath, Katatonia, Nightingale, Opeth, Ribspreader, Millencolin, Witherscape, Marduk, Threshold, Star One

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.[not verified in body] 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.[2]

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 titled 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 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. Swanö can also be heard on the albums Theli and A'arab Zaraq – Lucid Dreaming by the symphonic metal band Therion. He was a producer and contributing writer of the band Diabolical Masquerade, the now-defunct solo avant-garde black metal band of Anders Nyström a.k.a. 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 rock band Another Life, released on Vic Records.

Swanö has also released a solo progressive death metal album entitled Moontower, on which he plays 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 seven 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 Vic Records. His brother Dag played guest lead guitar on the song "Gypsy", a 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.[3][4]

Swanö has a diverse vocal register, encompassing many styles, which include death growls; clean, melodic singing with a warm tone; 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 StudioEdit

Unisound Studio (also Unisound Recordings[5][6] or Gorysound Studio)[7] 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.[8] The studio was later relocated into Swanö's home in Örebro.

Family and workEdit

Swanö with his brother Dag, 2008

Despite the large amount of releases to his name, Swanö up until recently worked full-time in a music store[9] (Musikbörsen) in Örebro, near his home in Sweden, rarely doing live performances with any of his bands. He has an older brother, Dag, who plays guitars and keyboards in Nightingale, formerly under the name of "Tom Nouga".[10]

Musical contributionsEdit

Bands Audio
Member Other Instruments Record
Aeon[11]  Y  Y
Aephanemer[12]  Y  Y
Altar  Y  Y
Ancient  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Ancient Ascendant  Y[13]  Y[13]
Another Life  Y  Y  Y
Another Perfect Day  Y
Argentum  Y  Y
As Light Dies  Y  Y  Y
Battlelore  Y  Y  Y
Bloodbath  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Bombshell Rocks  Y
Brejn Dedd  Y  Y  Y
Bucovina  Y  Y
Canopy  Y  Y
Coldworker  Y
Coraxo  Y[14]
Cronian  Y
Dark Funeral  Y
Darkcide  Y  Y  Y
Darkified  Y  Y  Y
Dawn  Y
Dawn of Dreams  Y[15]  Y
De Infernali  Y
Demiurg  Y  Y  Y
Demon Project  Y
Denial  Y
Diabolical Masquerade  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Dissection  Y
Edge of Sanity  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Effloresce  Y  Y
Evergrey  Y  Y
Evocation[16]  Y
Evoke  Y
Fall of Serenity  Y
Fleshcrawl  Y
Fractal Gates  Y  Y  Y[17]
Frameshift  Y
Gates of Ishtar  Y
Ghost  Y
Ghostorm  Y  Y  Y
Godsend  Y  Y  Y
Gorath[18]  Y
Hail of Bullets[19]  Y  Y
Hallows Die  Y
Hearse  Y
Incision  Y  Y  Y
Infestdead  Y  Y  Y
Insomnium  Y[20]
Kaoteon  Y
Karaboudjan  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Katatonia  Y  Y  Y
Lay Down Rotten  Y  Y  Y
Maceration  Y  Y  Y
M.E.S.S.  Y  Y
Mahlstrøm  Y
Marduk  Y
Masticate  Y  Y  Y  Y
Mechanization  Y[21]
Millencolin  Y
Mirrors of Obsidian  Y
Moredhel  Y
Mörk Gryning  Y
Motorowl  Y[22]  Y
MyGrain  Y  Y
Nasum  Y  Y
Necrochamber  Y  Y
Nightingale  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Novembers Doom[23]  Y  Y
Novembre  Y
Nårdegaist  Y
Oddland  Y  Y
Odyssey[24]  Y[25]  Y[25]  Y  Y  Y
Omnium Gatherum  Y  Y  Y  Y
Opeth  Y  Y  Y
Overflash  Y
Pain  Y
Pan.Thy.Monium  Y  Y
Proserpine[26]  Y
Rakshasas  Y
Ribspreader  Y  Y  Y
Route Nine  Y  Y  Y ? ?  Y
Rytmihäiriö[27]  Y  Y
Scartown  Y[28]
Somnae  Y[29]
Sörskogen  Y  Y  Y  Y
Star One  Y  Y  Y
Steel  Y  Y
Subway Mirror  Y  Y
The Foreshadowing[30]  Y  Y
Theatre of Tragedy  Y  Y  Y
Therion  Y
Threshold  Y
Torture Division[31]  Y
Total Death  Y  Y  Y  Y
Total Terror  Y  Y  Y
Uncanny  Y
Under Black Clouds  Y  Y  Y  Y
Vinterland  Y  Y
Wake Arkane  Y
Winds  Y
Witherscape  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Wounded Knee  Y  Y


Year Bands Title Instruments Notes
1985 Ghost Djävulstriangeln Vocals Drums Demo
1986 Ghost Hollywood Vocals Drums Demo
1987 Ghost Solens Söner Vocals Drums Demo
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 Masticate Desecration Vocals Guitars Bass Demo
1990 Stygg Död Välkommen till Helvetet Vocals Bass Demo
1990 Stygg Död 666+Våld Vocals Bass Demo
1990 Pan.Thy.Monium ...Dawn Bass Keyboards Demo
1990 Ulan Bator Gummicancer Backing vocals Drums Demo
1990 Incision Perverted Possessions 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 Pan.Thy.Monium Dream II Bass Keyboards EP
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
1992 Unicorn After Before Vocals Drums Demo
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 Pan.Thy.Monium Khaooohs Bass Keyboards
1993 Unicorn Ever Since Vocals Drums
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 Unicorn Emotional Wasteland Vocals Drums
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 Infestdead Killing Christ Guitars Bass Drum-programming EP
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
1997 Infestdead Hellfuck Guitars Bass Drum-programming
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 Odyssey Odyssey Vocals All Instruments EP
1999 Katatonia Tonight's Decision Session drums
1999 Infestdead JesuSatan Vocals Guitars Bass Drum-programming
2000 Nightingale I Vocals Guitars Drums Keyboards
2000 Bloodbath Breeding Death Backing vocals Drums EP
2001 Karaboudjan Sbrodj Vocals All Instruments EP
2001 Route Nine The Works Vocals Guitars Bass Drums Keyboards Compilation
2002 Bloodbath Resurrection Through Carnage Drums
2002 Nightingale Alive Again Vocals Guitars Keyboards
2002 Star One Space Metal Vocals
2003 Edge of Sanity Crimson II Vocals All Instruments
2004 Nightingale Invisible Vocals Guitars Keyboards
2004 Bloodbath Nightmares Made Flesh Backing vocals Guitars Bass
2005 Nightingale Nightfall Overture Vocals Guitars Keyboards
2005 Nightingale Alive Again Vocals Guitars Keyboards Live
2006 Edge of Sanity When All Is Said Vocals Add. Guitar Keyboards Compilation
2007 Darkcide Split EP with Infestdead Vocals All Instruments
2007 Nightingale White Darkness Vocals Guitar Keyboards
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
2010 Pan.Thy.Monium ...Dawn+Dream II Bass Keyboards Compilation
2012 Edge of Sanity Kur-Nu-Gi-A Vocals Add. Guitar Keyboards EP
2013 Witherscape The Inheritance Vocals Drums Keyboards
2014 Nightingale Retribution Vocals Guitars Keyboards
2014 Witherscape The New Tomorrow Vocals Guitars Keyboards EP
2015 Unicorn A Collection of Worlds Resurrection Vocals Drums Compilation
2016 Infestdead Satanic Serenades Bass Drum-programming Compilation
2016 Witherscape The Northern Sanctuary Vocals Guitars Keyboards
2017 Nightingale Rock Hard Live Vocals Guitars Keyboards Live
2018 Ghost 1983-1988 Vocals Drums Compilation



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