1. Sun of the Night 05:14
2. Patchworks 04:59
3. Uncreation 05:40
4. Add Reality 06:17
5. Creating Illusions 04:13
6. The Big Sleep 05:17
7. Encounterparts 06:06
8. In Empty Phrases 05:58
Total playing time 43:44
Everything on this album was created by Dan Swanö
Recorded & mixed in The Sanctuary, April 1998
Photography & layout by Anders Storm
Mastered by Peter In De Betou
The cover is a picture of Dan Swanö's eye.
[quote]One could say that the album created under the bandname of Dan Swanö was the next Edge Of Sanity album. But since Dan left that band, he created the album 'Moontower' by himself, an album that is generally considered to be one of the best albums he participated on.
Description of the music in Dan`s own words is "if Rush played Death Metal in the 70s".[/quote]
[quote]Dan Swanö, the man behind such bands as Nightingale, Edge of Sanity, Pan-Thy-Monium, Unicorn etc. etc. Moontower is his solo project, unfortunately not an ongoing one. Moontower is Swanö's first creative project after his departure from Edge of Sanity and also his first creative project after his writer's block. He is a one man wonder, he has recorded all the instruments by himself and the record was also recorded, produced and engineered by him so it most probably is just the way he wants it to be.
Moontower doesn't sound like anything Swanö made before it, nor does it sound like anything he has done after it. It is easy to say what kind of music Moontower is since it is really clear when you hear it. Classic heavy metal riffs meet Swanö's great death vocals and keyboard melodies from 70's prog rock acts (Kansas, Marillion). The combination may sound a bit weird but works very well. Most of the time the keyboard melodies are in the lead and bring most of the flavor in to the music. Swanö doesn't use just one sound on the keyboard though, he also uses it as a hammond and a grand piano which adds diversity to the album.
Swanö also knows how to use his instruments and doesn't over emphasize any instrument. The keyboard solos are done with exquisite taste and are nothing too flashy. Guitar solos are scarce but the ones found are really great. Swanö's experience and excellence as a composer shows as well. Every instrument supports each other very well and Swanö's really strong vocals and great vocal melodies fit the songs almost perfectly and even perfectly at times (the verse of 'Patchworks'). Also Swanö's compositions are very catchy. They stick to your mind like glue but there's a down side to that too. While most of the parts are catchy as hell, not all of them are and the non-catchy parts end up sounding more boring than they actually are. It is just a minor flaw and doesn't intervene with the overall listening experience almost at all.