Dan 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, Brejn Dedd, Unicorn, Infestdead and Route Nine. He has also been a member of Pan.Thy.Monium, 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 (Opeth) 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 as his "services are no longer needed" because he cannot tour with the group.
In the two man band 'Sörskogen', he was playing drums, keyboard and bass, while Åkerfeldt took care of vocals and guitar. Since the project was "just for fun", they never got serious about working on a release and officially only wrote one song, 'Mordet i Grottan', which was published on the internet with Åkerfeldts permission.
Swanö also has 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 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 grunts, clean, melodic singing with a warm rich tone, deep, dark, gothic vocals, and thrash shouting.
Musical projects involved with and/or is still involved with
This list is incomplete
Aeon - Production on Rise to Dominate
Altar - Keyboards, backing vocals
As Light Dies - Producer Ars Suptilior from within the cage
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"
Infestdead - Guitars, bass, drum programming
Karaboudjan - Vocals, all instruments
Katatonia - Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Maceration - Vocals, Keyboards, Piano (under the alias "Day Disyraah")
Mahlstrøm - Guest vocals
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
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
Schecht + Akerfeldt + Swanö '98
Sörskogen - Drums, bass, Keyboards
Star One - Guest vocals
Steel - vocals
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
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
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