Dan Swanö Returns with Nightingale “Retribution”

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…and it’s about freaking time. The follow-up to Nightingale’s mindblowingly-awesome 2007-release White Darkness is already available in the EU via the characteristically progressive and indie German label Inside Out Music. (Inside Out has a partnership with Century Media and the album is due to be released in North America on January 27, 2015.)

The special edition enhanced CD will (like last year’s amazing Witherscape album entitled The Inheritance) include the highly-dynamic vinyl mix as bonus data tracks that can be extracted on your PC or Mac. If you’re at all a dork like me you probably pooped yourself, stopped reading, and are in the process of placing your order at insideoutshop.de.

For those who require an introduction: Dan “The Man” Swanö is a renowned mix/mastering engineer and owner at Unisound AB. He is also the vocalist/multi-insturmentalist for bands such as Edge of Sanity and Witherscape. He has been involved with Katatonia, Bloodbath, and a metric shit-ton of other bands of which I will refrain from namedropping.

On the making of Retribution Dan says this:

During the writing of the Witherscape debut album, I wrote a lot of stuff that would work better on a Nightingale album, and before I knew it, I had the skeleton for a lot of potentially awesome Nightingale songs! It was important that the new material had the vibe of the older albums, yet with a better production and performance.

Guaranteed contender for Album of the Decade, people.

Since JAG can not find any of the new tracks about the interwebs, here’s the opening track from White Darkness:

NIGHTINGALE is:
Dan Swanö – vocals, guitars, keyboards
Dag Swanö – bass, guitars, keyboards
Erik Oskarsson – bass
Tom Björn – drums

If you just gotta get this album now, you can pick it up right here. 

Pictures and quotation courtesy of Inside Out Music

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  • Edward Meehan

    My curiosity is peaked.

    • Piqued, you mean? *pushes glasses up nose, chortles softly to self*

      • No. His curiosity is rolling hard as fuck on Molly right now.

        • he’s never been, nor will he ever be, that curious

          • Jimmy, you ain’t Jimmy no more.

          • yeah, i took a page from the Negr– Edward Meehan playbook.

          • Good idea. One day I’ll reveal my true identity.

          • you’ll dox yourself? (did i do that right)

      • Xan

        You hath destroyed him.
        EDIT: Also, props for using the word “chortle”. People need to use it more.

      • Edward Meehan

        Ha, yeah it is piqued.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        *chortles after reading the word chortle, puts sunglasses on and rocks out to The Crimson Idol*

  • Xan

    I took a glance at Swano’s metal encyclopedia page…that’s a lot of work. I frankly haven’t ever heard of Nightingale but I’ll gladly give it a listen once I am home.

    • White Darkness, while not very heavy, is just brilliant. Some of the best songwriting ever.

      • Xan

        Heaviness has never mattered very much to me. As long as it sounds awesome, it could be made on a flute (explaining much of my love for good folk metal).

        • I would bet money you’d love it. It’s impossible not to.

          • Xan

            I liked everything he did in Edge of Sanity. I only ever listened to the single for Witherscape. I should probably go listen to more of his stuff.

          • There’s no death-vox in Nightingale. Ever. …just a heads-up.

            Witherscape – The Inheritance was really good.

          • Xan

            Fine with me. I need more stuff with clean singing. I’ve got to balance the brutality of my usual fair with something.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          Flute you say? I love me some Jethro Tull when it comes to flute because Ian Anderson is a beast on the flute.

          • Xan

            Jethro Tull is a band I’ve just never got around to listening to. Along with trying to listen to all the new albums that have come this year, I’m working my through bands that I haven’t listened to or didn’t give a fair chance. I’m going through a bunch of obscure thrash bands at the moment. Found out that there is a ton of terrible thrash bands and there is a reason why they only made a single album.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Do you like the bands Toxik and Xentrix? They’re pretty obscure. On that subject are there any terrible thrash bands you recommend? I love crappy music from any genre especially from metal subgenres.

          • Xan

            I love Toxik and I haven’t listened to Xentrix yet but I have picked a couple albums up for listening. I’ll try to remember to get you the names of some of the terrible bands when I get to my home computer and records. I can’t remember half their names. One particular one was a demo by a band called “Jail Dog Eaters”. They’re shit isn’t anywhere online as far as I know and they aren’t even listed on the metal encyclopedia. I suspect they might be a local band that was active for all of week.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Jail Dog Eaters sounds like a hair metal band who decided to play thrash after hair metal failed to get them any recognition. I like them already.

          • Xan

            You nailed their sound pretty much on the head. The demo only had two songs. “Woof” and “Might and Sight”. It was terrible though not as terrible as that Unleashing My Demons song you shared last week. That was the stuff of nightmares.

          • Xan

            Alright, made it home and found the terrible bands I listened to. One was called E-wrecksion. Terrible Metallica clone. Dethrayd. Horrible mix of Kreator and hair metal. The last one (other than the one I mentioned earlier) was Lupus Horror. Music isn’t bad but the singer sounds like he is being fucked in the ass by a cactus.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            E-Wrecksion sounds like the greatest band name ever. Dethrayd has a great name and it seems very bad. Lupus Horror sounds amazing because any singer who can sing like they are getting fucked by a cactus sounds so bad.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        The album The Crimson Idol by WASP has the best songwriting ever in my opinion. The album is extremely heavy lyrically and emotionally even though the music sounds like regular hair metal.

        • I have always loved WASP. I bought their self-titled on cassette when it was still new lol.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            The Crimson Idol has had a very big impact on my life. It saved me when I was in a very dark place and I will always love Blackie Lawless for making it. I could care less if people say he’s an asshole, he knew the way people would feel after listening to the album and he is justified in being an asshole because of it. I cannot say anything bad about the man as you can tell.

          • Howard Dean

            Whatever happened to the Chris Holmes “liars and cheaters” disqus account? That shit was awesome. I know the real Chris Holmes expatriated to Finland or something (can our imaginary friends on the ToH confirm the arrival of Mr. Holmes).

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            He lived on Finland for a while, but currently resides on a remote island far from civilization called, get this, France. What a dorky name.

          • Howard Dean

            Is he sharecropping on Varg’s farm?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I doubt, doesn’t Varg consider all longhaired people “acting like a typical negro” now?

          • Howard Dean

            Ja. But Chris Holmes ist krieg. And he’s strong on plow.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Maybe Chris’ is plowing Marie Cachet then. If he work’s on Varg’s farm. With Varg being constantly in and out of jail and stuff

          • Howard Dean

            Could be. But remember, women are “all liars and cheaters,” so Madam Cachet might be fibbing.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Maybe we should ask his former Finnish bandmates then. I bet they’d know

          • W.

            “strong on plow.”

            Dangit, where’s @masterlordsteeldragon:disqus when I need him?

    • No matter what you do, DEFINITELY check out Edge of Sanity for some good old school proggy-ish death metal times, particularly Crimson

  • Tyree

    That album artwork is killer. Flush the whole damn world with a giant title wave of toilet water!

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    Special edition CD with the album vinyl mix as bonus data tracks? I want it so bad yet I don’t want to pay shipping or wait for it!

    • I know. It literally cost me 20.99€…because there’s no fucking way I’m waiting until the end of January. White Darkness was one of the best albums I ever heard I shit you not.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I wish I didn’t have to wait until I have money to buy this. I want it so bad but I’m broke currently.

        • There will be a review when mine arrives from Deutschland.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            How much do albums cost where you are buying if 20,99€ feels bad?

          • Death

            Man, on a Finnish scale that’s not that much.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            It’s regular. Most new releases cost almost that. On REGULAR editions

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Btw, Kuusumun Profeetta is working on an “extremely ambitiius” project as we speak

          • Death

            They’re gonna go in the studio soon!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Bit the album is going to be “only a side product” of Salainen Planeetta as they call the project

          • Howard Dean

            As long as they aren’t special edition, OOP, or highly sought after pressings, albums in the U.S. are far cheaper than that. Ordering albums in the U.S. from North American distributors, one can expect to pay around $15.00-$17.00 or so (~11-13 euro) for a single CD (shipping included in that number).

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Some albums are as cheap as 15€ even if they are new. And x has recently begun to sell a few month old records cheaper. And there are constantly multiple sales (x has). So that’s brought the prices down a bit. But 20€ for a regular editoon new album is casual still.

          • Howard Dean

            I’m familiar with paying 20+ euros per CD, as I buy a lot of OOP stuff, and make a lot of orders from Euro distros (exchange rate + registered mail to the U.S. is a killer!), but for a regular run-of-the-mill new release purchased in the U.S.? I wouldn’t expect to pay over $15.00 for a CD (walking in and buying from a store, I would expect even less–like <$13.00 per CD). That's pretty standard.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            These prices I would pay smiling

          • Howard Dean

            They really aren’t bad, especially when you consider that CDs pretty much cost the same in the U.S. as they did 25 years ago. And compared to what most Euros pay? I’ll take it all day.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        That’s not much. Considering it’s an import it’s cheap

        • Yeah, but nobody this side of the pond expects to pay thirty USD for a CD. They’re like twelve new at my local indy record store.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            You get cheap records then one new album costs almost that here.

          • I know. Some things are expensive as fuck in Europe. My friends pay almost twice as much for an XBox game; one that’s been heavily-edited for violence and blood or it won’t be sold in DE.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            It’s a bugger that import from US isn’t getting any cheaper either. I’d order the shit out of it

          • I’ll pay $30 for a double LP. If I realllly like the band.

          • Vinyl though. IDK why it’s so expensive when CDs have remained the same price since 1987. Records and cassettes were always five bucks less. Now vinyl is a niche-product so we pay more.

            …but yeah: if it’s a double vinyl I’ll pay it too if it’s something I really want. Shit, I paid almost a hundred bucks for a record on eBay.

          • Howard Dean

            eBay is my new vice, and I’m finding some crazy shit on there. I’m about to pay close to $30.00 per CD for a few OOP gems.

            I’ve also paid close to $30.00/CD for a few imports I wanted that you couldn’t buy from American distros. It’s a dirty game, but when you want something that doesn’t normally touch U.S. soil, you’ve got to pay for it.

          • I try to get a lot of mint or sealed Japanese-pressings of eighties records I like. They used virgin vinyl back then and it was much quieter than US pressings. (US had air pollution laws against manufacturing virgin vinyl so we either recycled or imported…though the latter was unlikely due to cost prohibition.)

          • Howard Dean

            I’ve never ventured into the Japanese market, but I’ve heard stuff can get crazy expensive. And the Japanese (many of whom have huge discographies to begin with) are known for making ~6,000 different editions of the same album, or releasing ~1,000,000 different singles with different covers.

          • W.

            I’ve noticed a lot of bands catering to the Japanese market with exclusive bonus tracks.

          • Howard Dean

            The story I’ve heard (not sure if it’s true) is that CDs are very expensive in Japan, so labels always load up the Japanese version of the album with bonus tracks, in order to entice buyers. This also causes for high trade/import prices, as many North American or European buyers try to purchase these Japanese versions simply for the bonus tracks.

          • True story. In the eighties it was often cheaper for Japanese buyers to purchase English or US pressed vinyl than their own.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            It’s still one of the most expensive countries to buy music.

          • I’ve also heard you can get into REAL trouble for pirating music in Japan. Not just fines and restitution.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I’ve heard that too. These are supposedly reasons to the Japanese bonustracks on every album ever

          • W.

            I’m fairly certain I’ve purchased “Deluxe” editions to get those sweet Japanese bonus tracks.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            A friend of mine just paid 70€ for an old-ish LP (double)… seriously things are too good for you

    • Howard Dean

      I’ve heard they take Planet Hollywood memorabilia in trade. Euros can’t get enough Planet Hollywood.

    • Howard Dean

      Seconded. What a colossus.

      • W.

        Oddly, I’ve never actually listened to this album. I’m jamming it now.

        • Howard Dean

          It’s a good one to jam. Such a huge song/album.

          Also: What did you think of Sacrocurse? You can be honest. It won’t hurt my and Tyree’s feelings (too much).

          • W.

            I liked it! But I think I prefer slightly more dynamic black metal ala BAN rather than bestial/war metal.

          • Howard Dean

            Bestial/war metal is definitely an acquired taste. It’s like 2 parts raw black metal, one part old school death metal, and one part thrash. Once you get the bug, though, look the fuck out! Black/thrash bands like Destroyer 666 acted as sort of a gateway into the bestial/war scenes for me. Destroyer 666 is awesome stuff. One of my favorite bands.

          • W.

            Did you listen to the new Swallowed album? It hit me in just the right way.

          • Howard Dean

            Not yet, but I’ve heard many positive things. I’ve recently been knee deep in the new Horrendous, and re-listening to Drowned’s Idola Specus (another one of my favorites from the year). I should have thrown a copy of the Swallowed album in with my recent order to Dark Descent. I’ll give it a listen at some point.

          • W.

            I think you’ll enjoy it. It has a very chaotic and claustrophobic feel.

          • Tyree

            What did you think of “Unholier Master” by Sacrocurse? Howard is probably curious to know too.

    • Scrimm

      So good. This is my personal favorite. Fun to play too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kLbMALuFak

    • Simon Phoenix

      Such an epic song. I’m quite partial to this one.

      http://youtu.be/JgjzLqOc-4Y

    • Max

      Me too. Followed closely by:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-OmFXq_5jw

  • The Inheritence ruled, can confirm. Didn’t even know this was in the works. Pumped now. Thanks JAG!

  • This distribution deal is confusing as hell to me. It’s currently out (in Germany) but I can’t buy it here til January? It’s like the Internet never even happened.

    • W.

      It really is a strange and archaic way of doing business.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Someone apparently told the label bosses all over the world that internet was just another trend and it would be forgotten as fast as it came. So they need not pay attention to it.

      Apparently everybody in the biz still believes it.

    • Howard Dean

      A lot of Euro bands on Euro labels have this type of delay to their releases–though this might be the longest one I’ve seen. I don’t really get it, either. I imagine they try to explain it away as a lag in production (from the factory pressing CDs/vinyl) and the distributor (usually someone else will pick up the North American distribution rights). But none of it really makes sense. I could see a month or two lag in release dates on different continents… in the 1980’s. I feel like that should be handled by now. I imagine it is more immediate and streamlined with larger labels/distributor–maybe it’s only problematic for mid-to-smaller labels/distributors (i.e. 99% of metal bands)?

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Most Euro labels don’t have possibilities to distribute in the US, most Euro labels have a lot of trouble distributing in their home countries. As they can’t use the channels of the big labels. And most Euro labels are small, the big ones are naturally excluded.
        Nevertheless an unforgivable wait this is and unbelievable.

      • Well, Century Media handles distro so the only thing being manufactured is the delay itself 😉

        …maybe a European way of getting even with our movie industry for making them wait three months for every major release. Only difference is German and French-speaking people apparently have a hissy fit if they have to read subtitles and need all English-language movies to be voice-acted. (Seriously: Inglourious Basterds was rendered completely nonsensical in German…in the part where the guy was translating for Brad Pitt they were BOTH speaking German.)

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Thank dog, subtitles are the only way in Finland. Only kids movies get dubbed, I hate dubbed movies

          • Well, most countries in Europe (including Finland) don’t get a lot of stuff in their native language and have to learn two or even three and otherwise read subtitles. It’s pretty much just the Germans and French that didn’t get the memo stating that there’s to be no whining that the world doesn’t speak their language. (Anymore, in the case of French.)

        • Howard Dean

          Hahaha, that’s ridiculous. I feel like most well-adjusted Americans don’t mind watching movies with subtitles (see: Inglorious Basterds or Apocalypto)

          • The only movie I remember ever being dubbed in English was Das Boot. In Germany EVERY foreign movie is dubbed.

          • Howard Dean

            A lot of Italian westerns have that strange dubbing and shoddy voiceover feel to them, but that sort of adds to their charm.

          • I love those movies haha. If there’s any cowboy shit going on I’m usually in. Clint Eastwood was always my favorite do I loved the Fistful of Dollars trilogy.

          • Howard Dean

            Yeah, the Fistful of Dollars trilogy is amazing. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is one of the best movies ever made. The original Django is great, too. The anti-hero dragging around a coffin–what a cool concept. Some of the later Italian Westerns, like Keoma and Mannaja: A Man Called Blade, were very good, too. Those movies are really dark.

          • Tyree

            I’m a big fan of High Plains Drifter. That’s a really dark movie.

          • Fuck, yes it is.

          • Howard Dean

            Agreed. Clint Eastwood was a demon in that movie. Drags that woman into the barn and rapes her, makes that dwarf the sheriff, paints the entire red… what a crazy mofo.

          • Tyree

            Yup! I saw that movie really young too. It was like watching a horror film.

          • Howard Dean

            Similarly, I saw a lot of movies when I was way too young. They made indelible impacts.

          • Simon Phoenix

            That movie is twisted. Funny thing is, my fav Clint western is actually Hang em High. That movie did a really good job of showing the futilty of revenge while still being badass.

            Edit: Matter of fact, it’s tied with The Outlaw Josey Wales for fav Clint western.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Nothing beats the voiceovers in Bud Spencer & Terence Hill classics

  • Ignatius the Wizened

    Heretofore the brambles shred, maimed of the earth, torn and cast asunder; forsaken

  • nbm02ss

    New Nightingale, you say? I don’t even need to hear a new track, I’m preordering it right meow!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yisMHpfiyYQ

  • Link D. LeonhⒶrt V.

    That song you posted sounds killer! you buyed me with this recommendation, bro

  • Scrimm

    Any Swano is an automatic classic.

  • MoshOff

    Shiiiiiiiiii how did this slip my Swan-Ö-Meter??

    • It’s technically not out yet in the EU either. I made a mistake and read the date wrong. My “order” just became a pre-order haha. It’s out early next month in Europe.

  • Simon Phoenix

    Swano is the second most prolific and second most badass lefty in metal next to Tony Iommi. For that alone he gets my respect.

    Funny thing is, I’ve never listened to a Nightingale album in full, as Edge of Sanity was always my Swano band of choice. Which one should i start with?

    • CONANtheMotherFuckin’KING

      I like to call him the jimmy page of extreme music. Master musician and producer. Not to mention swano writes better songs on a piece of toilet paper which he then flushes because they are not to his standards than other bands write in a lifetime. He could also make the sound of a toilet flushing a full scale production triumph.

    • Try “Alive Again: The Breathing Shadow Part IV” if you’re looking for something a bit more metallic. Then do “White Darkness” because you’ll “get it” and appreciate the excellent songwriting even though it’s not quite as heavy metal.

      The first two were a different sound altogether because Dan’s original intention for Nightingale was to be a bit more gothy. I rarely listen to those albums. They’re not bad…just different.