Edge Of Sanity, Katatonia, Pan.Thy.Monium, Witherscape - the list of bands in which Dan Swanö was involved as musician and/or producer is quite long. Seven years after the last Nightingale album so far, to which Swanö contributed only a few musical ideas due to a writer's blockade, the 41-year-old Swede now dares a new beginning with "Retribution" and impressively confirms that he has overcome the phase of lack of inspiration. His songwriting was influenced by the classic rock of the late seventies, without being too stylistically determined by him. But that wouldn't have suited him at all, because Swanö is adept in many genres. He also shows on "Retribution" his excellent feeling for concise melodies, for example with the driving opener "On Stolen Wings", the great AOR number "Lucifer's Lament" (sounds like Nickelback, only more sophisticated) and the great acoustic ballad "Divided I Fall" (with a giant chorus). What's very pleasant about this CD is that Nightingale also brings in some softer elements and sometimes uses sounds that you usually find in prog rock.
Top Track: Lucifer's Lament