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Dan Erland Swanö


NA- Another Life - guitars, drums, vocals  
NA- Godsend - guitars, drums, vocals  
NA- Steel - guitars, drums, vocals  
1989-2003 Edge Of Sanity - vocals, guitars, drums, bass, keyboards  
1990-1996 Pan.thy.monium - keyboards, bass  
1993-2004 Diabolical Masquerade - vocals, guitars, drums, keyboards  
1994-1998 Nightingale - vocals, guitars, keyboards, drums  
1994-1999 Infestdead - guitars, bass, drum programming  
1998-1999 Dan Swanö - vocals, all instruments  
1998-2006 Bloodbath - guitars, drums  
1999-2010 Odyssey (SWE) - vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards  
2000- Nightingale - vocals, guitars, keyboards  
2001- Karaboudjan - bass, guitars, saxophone, organ, drums, programming  
2002 Star One - vocals  
2002-2004 Ribspreader - drums, guitars  
2006-2007 Demiurg - drums  
2007-2014 Demiurg - guitars, keyboards  
2010- Frameshift - vocals  
2010- Star One - vocals  
2013- Witherscape - drums, keyboards, vocals  

Studio musician

1992 Katatonia - drums  
1993 Katatonia - keyboards  
1995 Mörk Gryning - percussion  
1997 Gates Of Ishtar - keyboards  
1999 Katatonia - drums  

Guest musician

NA Another Perfect Day - vocals  
1994 Uncanny - guitars  
1996 Under Black Clouds - guitar  
1996 Therion - vocals  
2004 Novembers Doom - guitars  
2004 Canopy - vocals, guitars  
2004 Jigsore Terror - vocals  
2006 Enforsaken - vocals  
2007 Winds - vocals  
2007 Threshold - vocals  
2008 Hail Of Bullets - vocals  
2008 Evocation - vocals  
2009 Barren Earth - additional keyboard  
2009 Swallow The Sun - backing vocals  
2009 Battlelore - guitar solo  
2009 Graveyard (ESP) - vocals  
2010 Burden Of Grief - vocals  
2011 Appearance Of Nothing - vocals  
2011 Bilocate - vocals  
2011 Novembers Doom - vocals  
2011-2013 Entrails - vocals  
2012 Evadne - vocals  
2012 Megascavenger - vocals (as Dan Swanö)  
2012 Algol - vocals  
2013 Omnium Gatherum - vocals  
2013 Andy Winter - vocals  
2013 Fractal Gates - vocals  
2016 Nocturne - vocals  

Personal information

Born on: 10.03.1973

Official Site

Dan Erland Swanö, (born on the March 10, 1973, in Finspång, Östergötland, Sweden), is a Swedish music producer, vocalist, guitarist, bassist, drummer and keyboardist, regarded as influential in the underground death metal, progressive metal, and progressive rock communities, with a small but devoted cult following for his numerous works.

Swanö has fronted a huge number of bands, most notably Edge of Sanity, Nightingale, Pan.Thy.Monium, Brejn Dedd, Unicorn, Infestdead and Route Nine. He has also been a member of Katatonia (for whom he played the drums), Ribspreader, lead guitars and drums and most recently a member of Bloodbath, playing drums on their first EP Breeding Death and debut album Resurrection Through Carnage. He moved to guitar for the release of Nightmares Made Flesh, which occurred when vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt left and was replaced by Hypocrisy's Peter Tägtgren. Upon the completion of Nightmares Made Flesh, Tägtgren left and the vocalist position was once again vacant. Dan is no longer in Bloodbath because his "services are no longer needed", since he cannot tour with the group.

He has also contributed his vocal talents to Arjen Lucassen's Star One project. The two musicians are good friends, with Lucassen contributing guitar parts to Swanö's Nightingale project. He can also be heard on the albums Theli and A'arab Zaraq - Lucid Dreaming by the symphonic opera metal band Therion. He was also producer and contributing writer of the band Diabolical Masquerade, the now defunct solo avant-garde black metal band of Anders Nyström aka Blakkheim (Katatonia, Bloodbath, ex-Bewitched). He also contributed some guitar solos, backing vocals on various Diabolical Masquerade albums, and played the drums on the album Nightwork. He also produced and played the keyboards on the Memories from Nothing album by Swedish progressive rockers Another Life, released on Vic Records.

Besides all these bands, Swanö has also released a solo progressive death metal album entitled Moontower, on which he showcases his multi-instrumental talent, playing all instruments (guitar, bass, drums, keyboard) and providing all the vocal work.

Swanö has a diverse vocal register, encompassing many styles, which include death growls; clean, melodic singing with a warm rich tone; deep, dark, gothic vocals and thrash shouting.

Family and work
Despite the huge amounts of releases to his name, Dan still works as chief sales assistant in a music store (Musikbörsen) in Örebro, near his home in Sweden, rarely doing live performances with any of his bands (it has been said that one of the main reasons for this is that he is unable to sustain the heavy growling death metal vocals used in many of his bands for any prolonged period of time). He has his own studio in his home, variously called first Gorysound then Unisound, where he records his own projects as well as the music of other notable bands such as Marduk, Dark Funeral, Merciless, Dawn, Dissection, Opeth and Katatonia. He is currently divorced, but maintains close ties to his family. His elder brother Dag Swanö was in Pan.Thy.Monium under the pseudonym Äag and is a member of Nightingale under the name of Tom Nouga.

An incomplete list of musical projects Dan was involved with and is still involved with

* Aeon - Production on Rise to Dominate
* Altar - Keyboards, backing vocals
* As Light Dies - Producer Ars Suptilior from within the cage
* Attention
* Another Life - Drums, Keyboards, guitar solo
* Battlelore - Mix and Mastering on the album The last alliance
* Bloodbath - Drums (1998-2004), Guitar (2004-2006)
* Brejn Dedd - Drums, vocals
* Canopy - Guest vocals, guitar
* Coldworker - Producer
* Cronian - Mastering on the album Terra
* Dan Swanö - Vocals, all instruments
* Darkcide - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
* Demiurg - Lead Guitar
* Diabolical Masquerade - Drums (on Nightwork), guest guitar solos, producer
* Dissection - Engineered The Somberlain
* Edge of Sanity - Vocals, guitar, Keyboards (old), all instruments (current)
* Evocation - Guest Vocals on album Dead Calm Chaos
* Evoke - Producer (Dreaming The Reality)
* Fall Of Serenity - Production on The Crossfire
* Frameshift - Vocals
* Godsend - Vocals, Keyboards
* Gorath - Mastering on the album "Misotheism"
* Ghostorm - Vocals on song "Legend"
* Hail of Bullets - Producer, Guest Vocals on album "....Of Frost and War"
* Incision
* Infestdead - Guitars, bass, drum programming
* Kaoteon - Mastering on the album Veni Vidi Vomui
* Karaboudjan - Vocals, all instruments
* Katatonia - Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
* Laodicea
* Maceration - Vocals, Keyboards, Piano (under the alias "Day Disyraah")
* Mahlstrøm - Guest vocals
* Manfred Villes
* Marduk - Producer
* Masticate - Guitar, bass, vocals
* Millencolin - Production on For Monkeys
* Moredhel - Production on Metamorphose
* Mork Gryning - Producer
* Nasum - Producer, mastering
* Necrony - Guest Vocals, Guitars, Composer (under the alias "Day Disyraah")
* Nightingale - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
* Novembre - Producer
* Novembers Doom - Mixed The Pale Haunt Departure and The Novella Reservoir, and contributed a guitar solo on the song "Dark World Burden" on the album The Pale Haunt Departure
* O (The Circle)
* Odyssey - Vocals, Drums, Keyboards
* Omnium Gatherum - Producer
* Opeth - Producer
* Outcome
* Overflash - Drums
* Pain - Additional Engineering on Nothing Remains The Same
* Pan.Thy.Monium - Bass, Keyboards, effects (under the alias "Day Disyraah")
* Ribspreader - Guitar, Drums
* Route Nine - Vocals, guitar, bass, Keyboards
* Second Sky
* Schecht + Akerfeldt + Swanö '98
* Sörskogen - Drums, bass, Keyboards
* Star One - Guest vocals
* Steel - vocals
* Stygg Dödd
* Subway Mirror
* The Lucky Seven
* The Project Hate MCMXCIX - Producer
* Theatre of Tragedy - Producer
* Therion - Guest Vocals
* Threshold - Guest vocals
* Total Terror - Guitar, vocals
* Torture Division - Producer
* Ulan Bator
* Uncanny - Engineered
* Under Black Clouds
* Unicorn - Vocals, Drums, Session Bass, Session Saxophone
* Vinterland - Producer, Keyboards
* Winds - Guest Vocals (Prominence and Demise, 2007)
* Wounded Knee - Producer

(source: Wikipedia)