Dan Swanö

Dan Swanö

Dan Swanö live at Nosturi
Background information
Also known as Day DiSyraah
Born (1973-03-10) 10 March 1973
Finspång, Sweden
Origin Örebro
Genres Progressive metal, death metal, progressive rock, power metal, avant-garde metal, gothic rock, melodic death metal, black metal, doom metal.
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion, saxophone, cello, programming
Years active 1988–present
Labels Black Mark
Associated acts Therion
Edge of Sanity

Dan-Erland Swanö[1] (born 10 March 1973) is a Swedish musician who is currently the vocalist, guitarist, ex-bassist and ex-drummer for the band Nightingale, lately vocalist, keyboardist and drummer for the band Witherscape, as well as the Owner of Unisound but he achieved fame as the vocalist and songwriter of progressive death metal band Edge of Sanity.

As a multi-instrumentalist he is regarded as influential in the underground melodic death metal, black metal, progressive metal, death metal, progressive rock, power metal communities. He is known for his progressive rock-influenced songwriting style and his frequent use of both clean and growled vocals.


Swanö has fronted a number of bands, including Edge of Sanity, Brejn Dedd, Unicorn, Infestdead and Route Nine. He has also been a member of Katatonia, Ribspreader, as well as playing drums and lead guitar in death metal band Bloodbath.[2]

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.

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) as well as providing all the vocal work.

During 2009 Swanö re-activated Odyssey, this time performing all instruments by himself. Swanö recorded 7 of his all-time favourite songs which was released in November 2010 on the album 'Reinventing The Past', together with the three 1999 tracks as a bonus on Dutch based Vic Records. His brother Dag played guest lead guitar on the song 'Gypsy' (Uriah Heep cover).

In 2013, Swanö released with his new project Witherscape the full studio album The Inheritance, with Ragnar Widerberg as co-member, and the collaboration of, amongst other guest musicians, Novembers Doom's founder Paul Kuhr. It was followed a year after by the EP The New Tomorrow. In 2016, the full studio album The Northern Sanctuary was released, via Century Media Records like its predecessors, featuring once again Paul Kuhr. [3] [4]

Dan 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. As a peculiarity, he is a left-handed guitarist (right hand on the neck) but plays on right-handed guitars without reversing the strings (highest strings up), which is quite unusual.

Family and work

Dan with his brother Dag

Despite the large amount of releases to his name, Swanö up until recently worked full-time in a music store[5] (Musikbörsen) in Örebro, near his home in Sweden, rarely doing live performances with any of his bands. He had played bass in his elder brother Dag Swanö's band Pan.Thy.Monium with Dan using Day DiSyraah, and Dag using Äag as pseudonyms. Dag also plays guitar in Nightingale, formerly under the name of Tom Nouga.

Musical contributions

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MemberOther InstrumentsRecord
Aeon[6][7]Green tickGreen tick
AltarGreen tickGreen tick
AncientGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
Ancient AscendantGreen tick[8]Green tick[9]
Another LifeGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
Another Perfect DayGreen tick
ArgentumGreen tickGreen tick
As Light Dies Green tickGreen tickGreen tick
BattleloreGreen tick[10]Green tick[11] Green tick[11]
BloodbathGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
Bombshell RocksGreen tick[12]
Brejn DeddGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
Bucovina Green tick[13] Green tick[13]
CanopyGreen tickGreen tick
ColdworkerGreen tick
CoraxoGreen tick[14]
CronianGreen tick
Dark FuneralGreen tick
DarkcideGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
DarkifiedGreen tick[15] Green tickGreen tick
DawnGreen tick
Dawn of DreamsGreen tick[16]Green tick
De InfernaliGreen tick
Demiurg Green tick[17]Green tickGreen tick
Demon ProjectGreen tick
DenialGreen tick[18]
Diabolical MasqueradeGreen tick[19] Green tick[20]Green tick[20]Green tickGreen tick[21]
DissectionGreen tick
Edge of SanityGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
EffloresceGreen tick[22]Green tick[22]
EvergreyGreen tick[23]Green tick[23]
Evocation[24]Green tick
EvokeGreen tick
Fall of SerenityGreen tick
FleshcrawlGreen tick
FrameshiftGreen tick
Gates of IshtarGreen tick
GhostGreen tick
GhostormGreen tick[25]Green tick[26]Green tick[27]
GodsendGreen tick[28]Green tickGreen tick[29]
Gorath[30]Green tick[31][32]
Hail of Bullets[33]Green tick[34]Green tick[34]
Hallows DieGreen tick[35]
HearseGreen tick[36]
IncisionGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
InfestdeadGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
InsomniumGreen tick[37]
KaoteonGreen tick[38]
KaraboudjanGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
KatatoniaGreen tick[39]Green tick[40]Green tick[41]
Lay Down RottenGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
MacerationGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
M.E.S.SGreen tick[42]Green tick[43]
MahlstrømGreen tick
MardukGreen tick
MasticateGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
MechanizationGreen tick[44]
MillencolinGreen tick[45]
Mirrors of ObsidianGreen tick
MoredhelGreen tick[46]
Mörk GryningGreen tick
MyGrainGreen tickGreen tick
NasumGreen tickGreen tick
NightingaleGreen tickGreen tick Green tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
Novembers Doom[47]Green tick[48][49][50]Green tick[51]
NovembreGreen tick[52]
October TideGreen tick[53]
OddlandGreen tickGreen tick
Odyssey[54]Green tick[55]Green tick[55]Green tick[56]Green tickGreen tick[56]
Omnium GatherumGreen tick[57]Green tick[58]Green tickGreen tick[58]
OpethGreen tick[59] Green tick[60] Green tick[60]
OverflashGreen tick
PainGreen tick[61]
Pan.Thy.MoniumGreen tickGreen tick
Proserpine[62]Green tick[63]
RakshasasGreen tick[64]
RibspreaderGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
Route NineGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick??Green tick
Rytmihäiriö[65] Green tick[66]Green tick[66]
ScartownGreen tick[67]
SomnaeGreen tick[68]
SörskogenGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
Star OneGreen tick[69][70]Green tickGreen tick[69][70]
SteelGreen tickGreen tick
Subway MirrorGreen tickGreen tick
The Foreshadowing[71]Green tickGreen tick
Theatre of TragedyGreen tick[72]Green tickGreen tick
TherionGreen tick[73]
ThresholdGreen tick[74]
Torture Division[75]Green tick
Total TerrorGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
UncannyGreen tick
Under Black CloudsGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
VinterlandGreen tickGreen tick
Wake Arkane Green tick
WindsGreen tick
WitherscapeGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick
Wounded Knee Green tickGreen tick



(All Instruments/Vocals)

with Edge of Sanity

(Vocals/Keyboards/Add. Guitar 1989-1997), (All Instruments/Vocals 2003)

with Nightingale

Drums (1994-2000), Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards (1994-present)

with Pan.Thy.Monium


with Unicorn

(Drums/Lead Vocals)

with Infestdead


with Steel


with Katatonia

(Session drums)

with Odyssey

(All Instruments/Vocals)

with Bloodbath

(Guitar/Vocals/Keyboards) (Drums 00-02)

with Karaboudjan

(All Instruments/Vocals)

with Total Terror


with Witherscape


with Incision


with Darkcide

(All instruments/Vocals)

with Masticate


with Stygg Död


with Brejn Dedd

(Drums/Backing Vocals)

with Wounded Knee

(Drums/Backing Vocals)

with Route Nine


with Ulan Bator

(Drums/Backing Vocals)

with Ghost


with Subway Mirror/O(:the circle)


with Deppdöden


with Star One


with Maceration




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  2. Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Bloodbath". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  3. "Witherscape: Releases". witherscape.com. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  4. "Century Media Records: Witherscape". Century Media Records. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  5. "Dan Swanö comments on the next album release". Ultimate Metal Forums. 31 February 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2012. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. Bleeding the False
  7. "Aeon: New Album Title Announced". Blabbermouth. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  8. "http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=175101">ANCIENT ASCENDANT To Release 'Into The Dark' In August – 7 June 2012, Retrieved 12 May 2013
  9. "http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=175101">ANCIENT ASCENDANT To Release 'Into The Dark' In August – 7 June 2012, Retrieved 12 May 2013
  10. The Last Alliance
  11. 1 2 The Last Alliance
  12. Street Art Gallery (Album, 1996)
  13. 1 2 Duh (EP)
  14. "Unisound Recordings – 2015".
  15. A Dance on the Grave (1995)
  16. "Unisound Recordings – 2012".
  17. Breath of the Demiurg (Album, 2007), The Hate Chamber (Album, 2008) & Slakthus Gamleby (Album, 2010)
  18. Catacombs of the Grotesque (Album)
  19. Nightwork
  20. 1 2 Death's Design
  21. The Phantom Lodge
  22. 1 2 Coma Ghosts
  23. 1 2 Glorious Collision
  24. "Evocation Prepares To Record New Album". Blabbermouth. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  25. On The Song "Fraud of Dark" from The Album, Frozen in Fire
  26. Frozen in Fire
  27. On The Song "Legend", from The Album, "Black Box"
  28. In the Electric Mist (Album, 1995) & A Wayfarers Tears (Album, 1997)
  29. As The Shadows Fall (Album, 1993)
  30. "Gorath Parts Ways With Drummer, Announces Replacement". Blabbermouth. 27 December 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  31. Misotheism (Album)
  32. MXCII (Album)
  33. "Hail of Bullets Putting Finishing Touches on New Album". Blabbermouth. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  34. 1 2 ....Of Frost and War (Album)
  35. World of Ruin (Album)
  36. In These Veins
  37. "http://www.centurymedia.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=17018&IdCompany=3">INSOMNIUM: NEW ALBUM AND BOOK "WINTER'S GATE" TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2016
  38. Veni Vidi Vomui
  39. Jhva Elohim Meth... The Revival & Dance of December Souls
  40. Tonight's Decision
  41. Jhva Elohim Meth... The Revival & Dance of December Souls
  42. Weekend Ritual Massacre (Album)
  43. Weekend Ritual Massacre
  44. "Mechanization – Discography".
  45. For Monkeys
  46. Metamorphose (Album)
  47. "Novembers Doom: A Eulogy For The Living Lost Video Released". Blabbermouth. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  48. The Pale Haunt Departure
  49. The Novella Reservoir
  50. Into Night's Requiem Infernal
  51. Guitar solo on the song "Dark World Burden" on the album The Pale Haunt Departure
  52. Wish I Could Dream it Again (Album, 1994) & Arte Novecento (Album, 1996)
  53. Rain Without End
  54. "Odyssey: Reinventing The Past Artwork Unveiled". Blabbermouth. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  55. 1 2 Odyssey (EP, 1999) & Reinventing the Past (Album, 2010)
  56. 1 2 Odyssey & Reinventing the Past
  57. The Redshift
  58. 1 2 The Redshift
  59. Morningrise
  60. 1 2 Morningrise
  61. Nothing Remains The Same
  62. "About Proserpine". Proserpine.
  63. Human Machine (Album)
  64. Kans Mama Da Shraaph (EP)
  65. "Albumit | Rytmihäiriö". Surmacore.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  66. 1 2 Surmantuoja (Album)
  67. "Легенды большого города" (Russian spelling for "Legends of a big city")
  68. Forever More (EP)"Dan Swanö Mastering Somnae Forevermore E.P.". Somnae.
  69. 1 2 Victims of the Modern Age
  70. 1 2 Space Metal
  71. "The official The Foreshadowing releases page".
  72. Theatre of Tragedy
  73. Theli and A'arab Zaraq – Lucid Dreaming
  74. Dead Reckoning
  75. "Torture Division: Evighetens Dårar II Demo Details Revealed". Blabbermouth. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  76. "Dan Swanö Issues Update on Second Sky Project". Blabbermouth. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  77. "The Project Hate MCMXCIX Announces Lineup Changes". Blabbermouth. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
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