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Release date: 2 April 1996
Style: Progressive death metal

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01. Crimson
02. Murder. Divided. [Japanese bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1996: 1

Review
Lyrics (1)


Line-up
Dan Erland Swanö - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Andreas "Dread" Axelsson - guitars
Benny "Winter" Larsson - drums
Anders Lindberg - bass
Sami Nerberg - guitars

Guest musicians
Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Anders Måreby - cello


Additional info
Music written and arranged by Edge Of Sanity November 1995
Lyrics written by Axelsson/Swanö in January 1996.
Crimson was recorded and mixed in Unisound by Dan Swanö and ProMix 01 December
to January 1996.
Mastered and digitally edited by Peter in de Betou & Dan Swanö in Cutting Room,
Stockholm January 1996.

Cover artwork by Duncan C. Storr.
Cover concept by Dan Swanö.
Design & Layout by Maren Lotz.
Executive Producer: Börje Forsberg.
Promotion: Björn Schrenk

Guest review by
Stalker

Rating:
9.0
I was really surprised to see that this outstanding album didn't have any reviews here. In an effort to make that right, lets start. What we have here is an album that consists of only one, 40 minute long song. For those who are not familiar with Crimson yet, don't be afraid. Songs over 10 minutes long are not so uncommon in metal, but even the most progressive of bands often fall into the trap of making them too dull and not really enjoyable after first few minutes - the story about Crimson Queen is definitely not.

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!J.O.O.E.! - 09.07.2010 at 15:11  
Rating: 10 Anyone know what that 'Murder, Dividead' song is like?
Yugosaki - 11.11.2010 at 14:58  
Rating: 10 Brilliant!!!!!
Beastofmetal456 - 16.05.2011 at 23:28  
  Epic. Everything here is great especially when they play a riff and then they change it and after about 5 minutes they crash again with it. You could hear the intro riff repeated 4 times. The melodic guitar sounds beautiful. The vocals are great. No wonder Dan Swano and Mikael Akerfeldt are involved! For all metal fans.
SexyCat_1113 - 22.05.2011 at 07:39  
Rating: 10 No Explanation !
strade - 01.06.2011 at 22:21  
Rating: 9 Press play. After the 40 minutes of the disc have finished, press play again.
merkuri - 18.09.2011 at 05:36  
  I agree with strade! Awesome music!
JaimeLeonel - 20.10.2011 at 19:38  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 09.07.2010 at 15:11

Anyone know what that 'Murder, Dividead' song is like?

begunia - 14.11.2011 at 00:00  
  Awesome! Love them!
Korah - 01.03.2012 at 19:31  
Rating: 10 I remember having listen to that masterpiece 10 times by day since a week. It as been a revelation for me.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.03.2012 at 15:18  
Rating: 10
Written by Cock is Intruder on 06.03.2012 at 10:59

Written by Korah on 01.03.2012 at 19:31

I remember having listen to that masterpiece 10 times by day since a week. It as been a revelation for me.


At the moment I have been listening tp this album for about 5 times, and I will keep on listeningto it until the 10th time. The reason for me to keep on listening until no. 10th time is because I will make my final decision if I want to throw this album into my dustbin on the 10th listening.

So far, this album is a bullshit to me (I don't simply criticize, I respect musician, and I hope they produce more good album, so that I can buy more of it).

When I talk about Swano, I always think of Death's Chuck, Chuck always know dos and donts, that's why i like him and his music.
Swano is different, quiet a greedy guy...(musically)
1) Swano can not play drum at all, his drum performance sucks, bring this album down.
2) Swano can not play bass at all....repeat (1)
3) Swano can not sing at all ....repeat (1)

The art direction of this album is not sharp and clear. I find Swano is holding a machine gun and shooting everywhere,end up a lot of dead black crows under the trees. Messy and Confused !
I think the whole album only the guitarist is performing !
IMPO (In my professional opinion),This Album Is Definitely Overrated.

So the majority of your criticisms of this album is based on the fact you think Swano is "greedy" by playing all the instruments? Well then, you should probably know that the MS's description is incorrect, Crimson I featured a full line-up. Swano does not play the drums or the bass on this album, this wouldn't happen until Crimson II, and it is also true that an amount of the clean singing on this album was done by Mikael Åkerfeldt. I don't know why MS has the info wrong but according to MS Swano did pretty much on everything on the Cryptic album when in fact he did nothing whatsoever, he had nothing to do with that album. So yeah, before throwing around terms like "in my professional opinion" you should double check your facts there ;]

Furthermore, just as a counter argument, Swano has proved himself more than competent in playing a vast numbers of musical instruments and he's a great singer if you ask me, and is the reason why he has dozens upon dozens of musical projects and collaborations and why he's frequently called upon to play instruments for a number of bands. (of course none of that relates to this album because most of the instruments are played by other people. And played well in my opinion). And pertaining to your assertions about it being "messy and confused" - this could be true if the album contained mismatched sections and parts but it is written to include leitmotifs, which allows a level of familiarity even if listening to it just the once; the music serves to build up recognition by having sections repeat themselves as part of a theme, so it most certainly has a clear structure and level of foresight. I thought listening to it as many times as you supposedly have you would have thought to mention that.
esw1026 - 03.05.2012 at 00:05  
Rating: 10 The pure perfection in my opinion. Hop to it bitches who are criticizing this opus.
Neiluria - 01.06.2012 at 00:36  
Rating: 10 All metal fans must know Edge Of Sanity - Crimson !
A masterpiece
Death_95 - 17.07.2012 at 10:18  
Rating: 10 Beautiful album.
Death_95 - 19.07.2012 at 13:18  
Rating: 10 I listen to the whole album just for the "and we'll capture her soul" line at the end. Amazing.
Dentura - 12.09.2012 at 08:10  
Rating: 10 And I thought Seventh Wonder's The Great Escape would be the longest song I would ever hear (still very long, being 30 minutes long), this "song" doesn't even feel like 40 minutes, it feels much shorter, and I want more! Amazing stuff.
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.09.2012 at 16:23  
Rating: 10
Written by Dentura on 12.09.2012 at 08:10

And I thought Seventh Wonder's The Great Escape would be the longest song I would ever hear



Enjoy
Dentura - 12.09.2012 at 17:15  
Rating: 10
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.09.2012 at 16:23

Written by Dentura on 12.09.2012 at 08:10

And I thought Seventh Wonder's The Great Escape would be the longest song I would ever hear



Enjoy


oh wow, this is like the length of a movie! Thanks for sharing.
anon - 27.09.2012 at 14:23  
  I've listened to Crimson at least 10 times times until now.
It simply is amazing.
LordHypnos - 22.12.2012 at 15:14  
Rating: 10 This album is one of the most brilliant albums ever made. I still can't understand why this album is in 18th position in the Top 200, it deserves a much higher position. Besides, I think it's just ridiculous the fact that Number Of The Beast is in a higher position. It's like a joke. A BIG joke.
lord artan - 03.01.2013 at 14:09  
Rating: 10 This album is amazing...
popmik - 05.04.2013 at 21:03  
Rating: 10 Perfection in the melodic death metal (not gothenburg) genre!
Nick K. - 22.05.2013 at 17:59  
  Perfect in every aspect. The whole song is filled with genious.
Erik M. - 22.06.2013 at 17:49  
Rating: 10 Obviously this album is a masterpiece. It's the best Edge of Sanity album and also the best death metal album I've ever heard.
Dima - 29.12.2013 at 15:58  
Rating: 10 Never realised how good this was until a week or so ago. I always liked it, but now I consider it the best death metal album that i've heard.
ManthraXXX - 02.01.2014 at 22:46  
Rating: 10 After all these years can't find such a masterpiece !!
Dentura - 09.01.2014 at 06:22  
Rating: 10 I still can't get over how much this album rules. It's an experience if you ask me.
deadone - 09.01.2014 at 06:41  
Rating: 9 Phenomenal album/song indeed. And the best work featuring Mikael Akerfeldt - yes that's cheeky.
M C Vice - 20.02.2014 at 08:34  
Rating: 7 Sounds like the 1st 2 Opeth albums.
Lit. - 20.02.2014 at 18:08  
 
Written by M C Vice on 20.02.2014 at 08:34

Sounds like the 1st 2 Opeth albums.

Except, you know, better.
deadone - 21.02.2014 at 00:21  
Rating: 9
Written by Lit. on 20.02.2014 at 18:08

Written by M C Vice on 20.02.2014 at 08:34

Sounds like the 1st 2 Opeth albums.

Except, you know, better.



I'll second that.
M C Vice - 21.02.2014 at 09:07  
Rating: 7
Written by Lit. on 20.02.2014 at 18:08

Written by M C Vice on 20.02.2014 at 08:34

Sounds like the 1st 2 Opeth albums.

Except, you know, better.

Nah, I like Morningrise more.
Deadmeat - 24.03.2014 at 22:54  
Rating: 9 I disliked their previous albums. i didnt find this one a masterpiece but a really interesting and innovative album...! 40 great minutes!
deadone - 25.03.2014 at 00:50  
Rating: 9
Written by Deadmeat on 24.03.2014 at 22:54

I disliked their previous albums. i didnt find this one a masterpiece but a really interesting and innovative album...! 40 great minutes!



At least you listened to their previous albums. I get the feeling a lot of people who go on about Crimson I and/or II have never listened to EoS' early stuff.
mz - 25.03.2014 at 00:55  
Rating: 9
Written by deadone on 25.03.2014 at 00:50

I get the feeling a lot of people who go on about Crimson I and/or II have never listened to EoS' early stuff.

That's true in my case.
Will listen to their earlier stuff this week.
deadone - 25.03.2014 at 00:57  
Rating: 9
Written by mz on 25.03.2014 at 00:55

Written by deadone on 25.03.2014 at 00:50

I get the feeling a lot of people who go on about Crimson I and/or II have never listened to EoS' early stuff.

That's true in my case.
Will listen to their earlier stuff this week.



I recommend Purgatory Afterglow and Spectral Sorrows which are both phenomenal in my opinion.

I also like Cryptic even though it doesn't feature Swano. It's more straight DM and I think it's good because Swano isn't in it. If you listen to the last proper album with Swano in it (Infernal) it's a very schizophrenic album in a bad way. It is essentially 2 different bands on the same album!
!J.O.O.E.! - 25.03.2014 at 02:12  
Rating: 10 I'd say Unorthodox is the only album in EoS's discog that's really worth talking about aside from the Crimsons. I do like Purgatory Afterglow and Spectral Sorrows but was never completely sold on them. I actually only heard Unorthodox a few months ago which is shameful considering I discovered EoS nearly a decade ago, but was pretty surprised at how good Unorthodox was. Definitely the more solid and confident record than the two that came after it, which really never fulfilled their potential.
deadone - 25.03.2014 at 02:17  
Rating: 9 I don't mind Unorthodox either. I just prefer the more mainstream later stuff.

Nothing But Death Remains is a bit of a dud though. Doesn't help mine has weird mistakes on the CD (i.e. bits where it gets muffled).
Lit. - 25.03.2014 at 03:46  
  I think Purgatory Afterglow is the only album that can touch the Crimson twins. Everything else goes from modest to meh-dest.
Constantine - 28.03.2014 at 15:29  
  I'd shit myself If I learned they were making a III
deadone - 31.03.2014 at 01:15  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 28.03.2014 at 15:29

I'd shit myself If I learned they were making a III



I wouldn't hold my breath.

I hated Crimson II - it was a crappy Dan Swano project that tarnished EoS's great name. It's the only "EoS" album I don't own and indeed refuse to own.
Paw!! - 28.05.2014 at 03:32  
Rating: 10 Haaa I almost forgot to declare it. In my personal opinion this album so awesome.
I love the atmosphere in this album that's why i'll give 10/10.
I really didn't understand why once or even more to listen to this not boring at all. Maybe Crimson so gorgeous in my mind
Stunning Cactus - 26.06.2014 at 20:56  
 
Written by LordHypnos on 22.12.2012 at 15:14

This album is one of the most brilliant albums ever made. I still can't understand why this album is in 18th position in the Top 200, it deserves a much higher position. Besides, I think it's just ridiculous the fact that Number Of The Beast is in a higher position. It's like a joke. A BIG joke.


Not as ridiculous as Ride The Lightning being in a higher position.
Mattybu - 27.06.2014 at 05:45  
 
Written by Stunning Cactus on 26.06.2014 at 20:56

Written by LordHypnos on 22.12.2012 at 15:14

This album is one of the most brilliant albums ever made. I still can't understand why this album is in 18th position in the Top 200, it deserves a much higher position. Besides, I think it's just ridiculous the fact that Number Of The Beast is in a higher position. It's like a joke. A BIG joke.


Not as ridiculous as Ride The Lightning being in a higher position.


Obviously everyone's top 200 would be different in some ways, pointing out how "ridiculous" it is when you personally think something is too high or too low is pointless if you ask me.
Troy Killjoy - 27.06.2014 at 06:57  
  Mattybu said it. Let's try to keep the conversation about the album in question rather than its position on the Metal Storm charts in relation to other albums. Otherwise we'd be here for a long time with x deserves to be higher than y and so forth.

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