The music on Moontower is melodic synth heavy death metal with brutal growling vocals and a few clean ones. Rarely an album is created when the band members, or member — Dan Swano - in this case, showcase true emotion in which the music reflects their feelings at the time. From this rut, Moontower was born. Before you know it, we reach the final track 'In Empty Phrases'. This does put 'Moontower' in an awkward position, as I believe that it may be too laid back for someone looking for a death metal record, yet too filled with Swano's distinctive growls to appeal to someone who may be turned off by the style of vocals. Monium, Katatonia, Bloodbath, Maceration, Unicorn and many more.
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Shadowscapes form a web a cross the sky and steal the light that runs the engine of my heart Decieved by clouds but I know it will soon return to watch my every move like an eye in the sky Lunartic Obsessed I am indeed I will gain no strength this moonless night Heavens heart or just a long forgotten stone All Me lost or is yet to come The stars will be alone in the firmament tonight Shadows grow stronger across the sky The sun prepares for battle The night is soon to die Vicious beams will soon obscure the presence of the sun of the night My soul dispise the dawning and the light that it will bring Doomed to be nocturnal A creature of the night Another dawn dilutes the dark the void where I can live The rays of light bum òó skin and ravage my desire I close my eyes and I await the vengeance soon to come When the dusk will bring the unlight and heal me once again I have to return to my tower before the twilight will drain me of life Tomorrow I need to be caressed by the moonlit sky or my soul will be carried away by the light Just like the sun of the night The moon is mine Oh how I long to be one with the sun of the night Oh how I long to unite with the sun of mine I have healed the broken wings of fatten angels and laid the wildest storms to rest I have tamed the fury of a thousand oceans All I've done to fall asleep A tribute to the dreaming A hymn to the delusions that sometimes realty feels like they're real In the deepest slumber reality is blended with fantasies and things I have repressed When I awake all the stories remain inside my head Memories forgotten always reappear in the wicked sceneries Characters that once tell into oblivion united with my recent past Tribute to my dreaming Hymn to the delusions that I sometimes realty wish were for-real In the deepest slumber reality is twisted and staggered across the halls of my head When I awake I can remember it still and it is nothing that my senses can kill And I fall through the passage of time Then there's the nightmares That never seem to leave my mind I can't escape it They're even stronger when I close my eyes How to forget and how to erase all the wicked scenes in here How to make them disappear and burn this patchwork of fear How to delete How do I stop all the sickened things I see in this spurious diary that wasn't made by me How to replace my artificial memories A tale forgotten long ago brought to life again Ancient wisdom ancient lies Horrid lullabies for the earth Time will turn my prophecies into reality and it will lead the world astray Death found the remedy for its enemy Ifs too late the seize the day Time and my malicious spells live In harmony They await the hour set Rapture of all that Is alive The reaper will arrive to invert the hour glass Oh uncreation The evolution in reverse Oh uncreation The death of universe His reflections on the end still unknown to man Dark predictions dark cliches in this recital of doom The world is aging backwards The young remains the young We all know tomorrow will be yesterday reborn The time and space deserted will hold no life for man We face these final hours to be buried in the past Something Is wrong with the sky tonight The clouds are darker than ever before There is unrest in the stars alight As if they warned me for the distant roar The sun is descending Nevermore to shine Light is lost forever We are the last in line Time is ever-changing I will never have It back Sometimes I had wondered if the best was yet to come I can't deny it there are moments I regret So much I'd do different if I could do it all again I lost the world and I didn't find it until you found me Gone but it came back in the wake of your smile Now I am stronger growing the soul of a man And I know my heart will never be alone again I've got a life and nothing win make it go away I guess we glorified the world around us as we went along the way One day reality was all there ever was I ate and drank your beauty and breathed the air you had breathed Then came the autumn and the winter like before Dreamland turned to realland and we faced a new frontier We lost the world Sometimes we hold it but it's slipping away When we add reality it doesn't taste like our dream Then there's too much sour loo much salt in our world There's too many cooks to decide what two lovers shall eat We're not alone I know you know what I mean with these words now don't you We're siamese children related by heart And nothing can tear us apart When we share the silence she knows what I'm saying Words though unspoken are changing heart Two-thousand days have now passed since I met you and of so many only four-houndred alone Then we were joined by a fusion of my eyes and the face of an angel It reminds me of her With you around all the day are worth living and when we add reality now we're still standing strong You create a hell for the ones to buy your illusion You design a spell that you cast upon the forsaken Hortative You engender temptation Re-create Invent the latest sensation Procreate Produce the perfect delusion Your god is digital You erase the deviations Adding beauty to the frail Dreams contrived upon a drawing-table set the pace of the vain Trust the vagaries of fashion Do what an the others do Total loss of independence You've always wishing you were someone else You behold your victims inane Opinions cast aside And when they try to change And try to find their native demeanor They are frozen out. I was immediately captured by the excellent synths and organs that play a major part in this album. A three star rating is deserved. You can easily distinguish between guitar and keyboard lines and the bass is still audible, which is more than can be said for a lot of metal albums. I think this is most important factor for all multi-instrumentalists.
This is a very niche album, I've never heard anything quite like it. By entering Memory mode, seven footswitches are automatically reconfigured to select user or preset patches and patch banks, letting you recall complete multi-effects setups directly. Although 'Moontower' does lack in terms of a binding album cohesion, Swano writes a very tasteful batch of songs here. It may therefore come as no surprise to learn that Swano produced a couple of Opeth's albums. A one off gem, this album is unique and bursting with life — a refreshing listen that will inspire you. It has really nice synthesiser and guitar and rounds off things well. I wish this album would be a little more varied though.
I don't think it's the best from the album, though, as it can be pretty forgettable. An odd time signature riff reminiscent of Dream Theater intertwines with slow, spacey clean guitar sections with that trademark soothing keyboard layer over the top. Sun of the Night This bursts in with a single guitar chord with a catchy keyboard melody that will have you wishing that you wrote it yourself. While I do partially agree with this, I think this album has many neo-prog tendencies reminding me of Marillion. However, there are times when switching among an entire group of preset effects is more efficient, such as when you've set up complex tones for different songs.
Track two 'Patchworks' continues the onslaught and as in track one features Swano's growling vocals. The guitars are generally mixed lower than I would normally expect from a death metal record, and sound flat and even a little wimpy as a result. If there would have been more variation in the arrangements of some of these tracks, my enthusiasm would be much higher. All of the songs are arranged exactly the same. I heard this song and I fell in love. Organ, guitar riffs, synthesizers and growled vocals. Still, this is a highly enjoyable and energetic album.
All in all, Moontower benefits from the full range of Swanö's talent, if not the full range of his musical interests, thereby keeping it musically focused and surprisingly safe from the rampant self-indulgence one might expect of such a belated solo debut. I honestly wish there would have been more sections like that on this album. There are passages here where the keyboards get quite technical and 'proggy', but for the most part, I found the synth's greatest role to be in the crafting of catchy hooks, of which there are plenty to enjoy on 'Moontower'. This is filled with great riffs, solid melodies, and excellent keyboards as well. My only real problem with this album is the lack of variation.
Track four 'Add Reality' features piano at the beginning, lulling you into thinking that we may be entering a sensitive phase - sorry,wrong - what we have is another powerful song which has passages of clean vocals from Swano. Sadly, the guitar and drums take a beating in response. In terms of the most interesting metal, Dan Swano is miles ahead, and each song here has its own theme which flows like a babbling brook. Review Summary: It's rare that you see music fuelled by pure emotion these days, and Moontower is the perfect embodiment of such a feat. Effects are organized into eight logical categories that can all be active at the same time. Check back often for additional patches, how-to videos, artist interviews, and much more.
If this was another synth driven prog metal song with death metal vocals in a verse-chorus-verse style I would be getting a little frustrated. Seven categories contain multiple effects types to choose from, plus dedicated knobs for selecting a type and adjusting it with a set of parameters you'd find in the pedal version of the effect. Now I don't know where you stand regarding these type of vocals, but I found it fairly easy to get used to them on Opeth's 'Ghost Reveries' and they are equally accessible here. It has a short instrumental section in the middle that's really excellent. This screams 80's neo prog, but with a heavy death metal edge. It´s actually the second time I´ve reviewed Moontower in the last couple of years and truth is I wasn´t too impressed the first time. It has growling and similar arrangements to the rest of the song.
Fusing those two halves together, 'Moontower' is born. I love the heavy organ parts in contrast to the guitar riffs and synth lines. Complex but slow distorted guitar lines add to the clean sections, and the song speeds up slightly, before falling once again into another trippy section. The Big Sleep 05:17 loading lyrics. The fact that Dan Swanö plays everything on this album shows what a musical genius he is. Musically, Moontower delivered a progressive brand of death metal characterized by widespread keyboards cleverly used to offset the singer's persistent death growls and signature guitar riff inventiveness, thus making it a natural progression for Edge of Sanity fans to enjoy, whether they still held the band's dissolution against Swanö or not.
I proper fusion of Nightingale and Edge of Sanity, 'Moontower' is an incredibly synth-laden, melodic take at death metal, usually to the point where it feels more like a melodic prog album with growls than something more metal related. UncreationDan Swano Lyrics provided by SongLyrics. The melodies are strong, the musicianship is excellent, and the arrangements are unique and satisfying. The tempo in the songs is mostly kept slow- to mid-paced, so while I´m mostly thinking of Edge Of Sanity when I listen to Moontower, you shouldn´t expect blast beats or faster parts on this album. Besides Edge of Sanity- which is almost certainly his greatest work- Swano also dabbled in more melodic progressive rock, under the guise of Nightingale. Okay, hope that did not scare you completely. In fact, Swanö took it upon himself to produce, record, and perform every instrument on the album, completing the package with a close-up of his eyeball serving as cover art, and therefore leaving no doubt as to how personal a statement this was.