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Crimson II Import


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  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Black Mark Germany
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000C23C9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Anyway, whoever liked the first Crimson, definitely will worship this one as well.
Branislav Kolarski
The album tends to sound like Moontower in some points, but still has the classic Edge of Sanity stamp all over it.
Murat Batmaz
This CD blew me away the first time I listened to it, and somehow it gets better every time!
Michael Cullen

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on October 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When Dan Swano, the mastermind behind legendary Swedish death metal band Edge of Sanity, left the band in 1997 after the band's sixth studio album Infernal, few of us believed he would release another album under the EOS moniker. His solo effort (1998) was a true masterpiece in every sense of the word, but unfortunately it was the last album of Dan where he used his amazing death vocals. Now after five years, when he was approached to do a follow-up to Crimson 1 without the rest of the band, his initial plan was to sing with his clean vocals. He hadn't growled in years, and he wasn't intending to, until the last minute. It was a great surprise, because I happen to think he is one of the greatest death metal vocalists of the decade.
As well all know Crimson 1 (1996) was one of the most important achievements in the history of death metal. With its 40+ minute running time, lyrically focusing on every kind of destruction from art to God to ideas, it literally breathed new life into the overblown genre. The band released a poor follow-up to Infernal with a different singer and it resulted in misery. It was like Death was releasing a new album without Chuck Shuldiner. So now we have Dan Swano on his own. He is offering us his OWN version of Edge of Sanity, making the music that represents him the best!
Crimson II picks up where its predecessor left off. It just takes a different path musically to express itself. This is 100% Dan Swano, the compositions borrow elements from 70's prog rock which is indispensibale to Dan's musical vision. The album tends to sound like Moontower in some points, but still has the classic Edge of Sanity stamp all over it. The amazing riffing, rich melodies, opaque lyrics, angry vocals, great musicianship--everything.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tom Z on July 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When I got Dan Swano's Moontower about a month ago, I thought that it had to be the pinnacle of his career. While I knew Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath, Diabolical Masquerade and some of his other bands were really talented, I doubted that and of them would ever match the greatness achieved on Moontower. So you can imagine my surprise when I found Crimson 2 not only matched but perhaps surpassed Moontower. In many ways the two are alike, Dan Swano does almost everthing, the use of the way screwed up keyboards is the same, and weird death metal prog vibe is the same. Differences are C2 is an 40+ minute song, and it's a bit heavier and a bit less progressive than Moontower. Definitly a must buy for any melodic death fan. I also recommend checking Swano's other bands that I will list below.
Dan Swano, Diabolical Masquerade, Bloodbath, Infestdead, Karaboudjan, Star One, Nightingale
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andre Dupuis on August 20, 2011
Format: Vinyl
Beware the 2011 remastered re-issue, it was badly mastered.

There are gaps and fade-outs between "parts" of the albums, like the records were remastered using the CD versions. Not only that, the fade-outs parts are actually repeated during the fade-ins! Even the CD versions don't do that.

That being said, the remastered albums sound amazing. It's just frustrating to have the flow cut every 5 minutes.

If those gaps don't matter to you, get it. Otherwise, wait for another remaster (if there's any). I don't know if the 2003 vinyl release has this issue, but you might as well look for one of those instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin Freund on October 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
In case you weren't aware, the rest of EOS is not on this cd, its basically Dan Swano and a few guest musicians here and there. This one takes place (i think dan said 1000) many years later than the original Crimson, when evil is reborn. There maybe 44 tracks on the cd, but it's still one song like the original. Where this differs from the original crimson is there is a major usage of keyboards and synths in this. If you are not a fan of Dan's Moontower album, then there is a chance you might not like this album. However, it does still sound like EOS despite the fact the rest of the band is missing and the presence of synth. Dan does not do 100% of the vocals on this (he originally was not going to do any growling), but changed his mind at the last minute and did some growls. What is really cool is that the other vocalists on here, kind of sound like dan, so there are many scenarios where you may not be sure exactly who is singing. Either way, this is the best final release that could ever have the EOS name on it, it is a perfect end to the band, even if dan was the only member who worked on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By theosprastus x on October 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Simple Duh.
When I first heard Crimson, it was unlike anything I had heard before(especially the length) and its excellent storyline totally blew me away. Now that I had an idea of how a epic concept album should be made, the amazement is considerably less. Crimson II as almost every reviewer here and elsewhere on the net have stated is like Crimson with keyboards(in fact riffs off the original are reused in places, with good effect). However, once I began to decipher the plot my interest returned. Anyway the big question is whether this is as good as most reviewers make it out to be. Not to me. Its probably the third best EoS album(after Crimson and Purgatory Afterglow) and an essential to lovers of this kind of music, though I don't need to tell you that.
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