Nightingale Overview

Nightingale are a once goth rock, now progressive progressive rock /AOR Album-oriented rock metal heavy metal music /rock rock music band from Örebro Örebro Municipality in Sweden. They are signed to Black Mark Records.

Nightingale began in 1995 as a solo goth rock project of Dan Swanö, designed to explore his brief fascination with the genre, also evident on Edge of Sanity tracks such as "Sacrificed". The first album The Breathing Shadow was recorded and mastered by Swanö alone in the space of a week at his home Unisound studio, and has been described by some as a tribute to legendary goth rock band The Sisters of Mercy, whose sound it does indeed resemble. The second album The Closing Chronicles was recorded in April 1996 with his brother Dag acting as producer and contributing some guitar parts. Unlike the first album, it is somewhat influenced by progressive rock and heavy metal heavy metal music , and continues the conceptual storyline that began in The Breathing Shadow to the logical conclusion of the central characters death, as it was intended to be the last Nightingale album.

After this the band went on semi-hiatus, playing a couple of live concerts in small venues around Orebro with future permanent band member Erik Oskarsson on bass bass guitar and Ari Halinoja playing the drums. The second concert, in October 1998 is remarkable because it marks one of the few times Edge of Sanity songs were performed live by Swanö, the band adding two lighter tracks to bulk out their set (Swanö scarcely performed live with Edge of Sanity, citing his inability to sustain death metal vocals for long enough).

The band returned to Unisound in April 1999 to expand upon a lost demo of the track 'I Return' recorded by Dan and Dag in September 1998. 2000's I is a prequel to the first two albums, half composed by Dan and half by Dag, several of the tracks, such as Alonely and Dead or Alive being recycled by Dag from previously abandoned projects and given new lyrics (the originals being both written in Swedish Swedish language and outside the conceptual storyline). For the recording of Alive Again in May 2002 (a sequel to the original "Breathing Shadow Trilogy" of I, The Breathing Shadow and The Closing Chronicles) the band was filled out with Tom Björn on drums and Erik Oskarsson returning as a permanent member. This record received the most critical acclaim yet upon its release in February 2003, partly owing to the increased exposure caused by their signing of a distribution deal with American USA label The End Records, and saw them play a string of live shows before travelling to Västerås in June 2004 to record Invisible, which is the band's first departure from their conceptual storyline approach, dealing with a wide array of topics from love to history. The band are currently preparing for their first major tour, after re-recording a set of tracks for a best-of album, Nightfall Overture, containing songs from their first four conceptual albums as well as an Edge of Sanity track and one new Nightingale song.

In 2006 the band had the honour to conclude the second and last day of the international progressive rock festival, InProg 2006. Later that year Dag stated on his website that he will no longer be using his alias Tom Nouga;

The band's latest album is White Darkness and it was released 4th of June, 2007.*Dan Swanö (1995-present): Vocals, guitars, keyboard Keyboard synthesizer s (see entry for list of other projects)
*Dag Swanö (Tom Nouga) (1995-present): Bass Bass guitar , guitars, keyboard Keyboard synthesizer s, vocals (Also in: Pan.Thy.Monium)
*Tom Björn (2002-present): drums Drum kit (Also in: Memory Garden, Memento Mori Memento Mori (band) )
*Erik Oskarsson (2002-present): Bass Bass guitar (Also in: Godsend Godsend (Norwegian Band) )*1995 - The Breathing Shadow
*1996 - The Closing Chronicles
*2000 - I I (Nightingale album)
*2003 - Alive Again Alive Again (Nightingale album)
*2004 - Invisible Invisible (Nightingale album)
*2005 - Nightfall Overture Nightfall Overture (Nightingale album) , (Re-recorded versions of previously released songs)
*2007 - White Darkness


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