Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary



8.5 | 235 votes |
Release date: 22 July 2016
Style: Atmospheric death metal, Extreme progressive metal

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01. Wake Of Infinity
02. In The Eyes Of Idols
03. Rapture Ballet
04. The Examiner
05. Marionette
06. Divinity
07. God Of Ruin
08. The Northern Sanctuary
09. Vila I Frid

Top 20 albums of 2016: 9

Line-up
Dan Erland Swanö - drums, keyboards, vocals
Ragnar Widerberg - bass, guitars

Guest review by
X-FrEaK
Rating:
9.5
As a proud fan of Dan Swanö's work, I don't really know how it took me so long to discover this project. I was so disappointed in myself but on the other hand was also completely astonished and I will start this review by stating this: The Northern Sanctuary is my album of the year.

Who the hell is the moustache guy Swanö brought along for this project? I really don't know who or why Swanö thought it would need a friend with a moustache (his name is Ragnar Widerberg by the way) to play bass and guitar for him but I am really glad he did. The musicianship is top notch and while the songwriting here is nothing really different from Swanö's other bands (this really seems the logical sequel to Edge Of Sanity - with a lot of Nightingale influences throughout) it's a blessing for us humans to hear Swano's growls and clean vocals.

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published 02.01.2017 | Comments (1)

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14.05.2016 - 01:03
Rating: 9
Lokasenna
I didn't realize Paul Kuhr was writing their lyrics; thought he was just helping out on vocals.

My boner for this album just got even more engorged, if that's possible.
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21.07.2016 - 12:12
Vittorio
Just ordered. Can't wait for it.
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22.07.2016 - 00:11
Rating: 9
robpal
Proglord
Awesome, I think it's even better than the debut.
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22.07.2016 - 13:05
Rating: 10
qnick90
Finally something that did not disappoint me this year. Swanö is the man!
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23.07.2016 - 00:32
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Masterchief
I have been spinning this whole evening, a brilliant masterpiece. So emotional and I personally think if people want a bit old Opeth they should listen this one, because we all know new Opeth album will suck, this don't, similar style, but Dan Swanö singing is so emotional, I personally and maybe I am only one, who thinks that he should not growl, but use clean vocals here?
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23.07.2016 - 03:28
Rating: 10
caergian
Chills up and down my body. I love this album so much.
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23.07.2016 - 14:44
Alondate
As good as the debut. Maybe better than it. I am having a blast right now
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23.07.2016 - 18:00
Rating: 10
qnick90
Written by Bad English on 23.07.2016 at 00:32

I personally and maybe I am only one, who thinks that he should not growl, but use clean vocals here?


There is Swanös Nightingale for clean vocals only... I have read few interviews with Dan and he said, that doing harsh vocals is very painful for him, so I think that he is very brave that he is still doing it despite the fact it hurts him. I personally love his false chord screams, it is so deep, so I am very thankful for this. Saddly Akerfeldt has stopped doing harsh vocals. They both have this gift - ability to both sing (beautifly) and scream (Imho two best screamers ever). So I have to repeat - I´m really thankful, that at least one of them still does it, and most importanly this album would have been excellent even without the screams...
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23.07.2016 - 23:22
Rating: 7
Nicko's Nose
Pretty sure I will bump this up to an 8 soon.
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24.07.2016 - 12:56
Rating: 10
phanto
It's insanely good. Better than debut. More of everything, more consistent.
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25.07.2016 - 10:54
Rating: 9
Necrodamus
Excellent album. Leagues better than the debut in my opinion. It has everything I look for in this style: catchy riffs, intense melodies, and spectacular vocals by one of the best in the business.
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27.07.2016 - 01:54
Rating: 9
Lokasenna
I've loving this disc. It doesn't sound as unique as the first, though - in this case, the style is more like someone took the previous album, threw in some Edge of Sanity, a bit of Moontower, some newer Nightingale, a dash of Octavarium-era Dream Theater, and then glued it all together with some nice '80s synths. The riffs are awesome, but not quite as catchy as the first album IMO. The songs are good, but are little too "jump from genre to genre" to really flow well. I read that Dan wanted Witherscape to be like a death metal Rush, which isn't a bad description.

The performances and production, as always with Dan and Ragnar, are perfect.
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08.08.2016 - 21:56
Rating: 9
OpenMind
I love this album !!!!!!!!
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15.08.2016 - 08:48
Rating: 10
bodomhunter
Words can't explain. A perfect album for every season. A masterpiece indeed. My personal favorite of 2016
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17.08.2016 - 11:53
Rating: 7
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
It's reminding me of Opeth's My Arms, Your Hearse, but more enjoyable.
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21.09.2016 - 01:47
Joe Zombie
Dan's vocals just do me the right way.
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12.10.2016 - 12:50
The Benighted
Written by Lokasenna on 27.07.2016 at 01:54

I read that Dan wanted Witherscape to be like a death metal Rush, which isn't a bad description.


Pretty sure he said this about Moontower.
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Learn to adapt to the change, or get washed away like tears in the rain.
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20.10.2016 - 20:24
Rating: 8
cubanmetalguy
Written by The Benighted on 12.10.2016 at 12:50

Written by Lokasenna on 27.07.2016 at 01:54

I read that Dan wanted Witherscape to be like a death metal Rush, which isn't a bad description.


Pretty sure he said this about Moontower.

I would say it sounds more like a death metal Whitesnake.
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23.10.2016 - 19:00
Rating: 7
Stoats
I prefer this one to the last - I think it's still got the punch but it lets the lighter progressive elements breathe a lot more. Solid.
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