Nightingale - Retribution

Nightingale Retribution cover
Inside Out Music
Seven long years have passed since the previous Nightingale album, “White Darkness”. During these years the mastermind, composer, producer & multi-instrumental Dan Swanö has taken part in various projects so time, for such a hard-working guy, is irrelevant.
Anyway, “Retribution” has a straight-forward, hard rockin’ character with several AOR, melodic rock, atmospheric and prog rock elements. The performances are great, the production (Dan’s work huh!) simply awesome and the whole album quite enjoyable. Dan goes for the melodies, especially on the choruses and his voice is in rather good shape. The amazing cover artwork is courtesy of the renowned Travis Smith (Iced Earth, Katatonia, Opeth, Amorphis, Nevermore, etc.).
There are tracks which are more melodic and others which have a more prog rock melodious character (ala Asia). The album has a variety and those who are fond of nice melodies, and atmospheric themes will revel in “Retribution”. Confidently, Dan does not disappoint with “Retribution”, on the contrary he has released a very good album which showcases part of his musical genius…