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Dark Tranquillity - We Are The Void (2010) Retail CD
Dark Tranquillity have become something of a legend amoung their fans. Not only are they the only member of the Gothenburg 3 to still be outting good leodic death (ATG split while In Flames went la la in commerical metal land), they've been consistently supllying us with top quality metal albums for around two decades, yet to deliver anything outside the realm of fantastic. As an uber fanboy, new DT releases hold both excitement and anxiety in equal measure; excitment about hearing new material and anxiety that they might slip up and deliver an album thats 'only good'. We'll, after gettingmore… my filthy hands on a promo copy of We Are the Void, i can safely report that all's well on the DT front.
Carrying on with the style mapped out on Damage Done, Character and Fiction, We are the Void is another brilliant, if somewhat familiar sounding CD from the reigning kings of Melodic Death Metal. As usual theres a fair diversity of songs like speedy agreesive numbers Shadow in Our Blood and my favourite Surface the Infinite, the stopping groove of Dreamland Oblivion and In My Absence, the stop-start riffing of The Grandest Acusation and the token 'clean vocals' song Her Silent Language, all of which are excellent and do justice to the high standards one would expect. The biggest surprises come in hideously heavy Arghanglesk and the proggy, droning closer Iridium, both of which show more a of a modern/post-metal sound that brings to mind Cult of Luna or Isis. Overall, We are the Void sees a slow encroaching of more modern metal sounds coming into the bands sound and a slight, very slight, toning down of the Gothernburg melodies. That said, it's definitely a DT album through and through. It's also slightly less aggressive then Character and Fiction with less blast beats, and perhaps more of a focus on melodies and hooks.
Production, as always, is perfect for the band with chunky compressed guitar sounds and plenty of space for the atmospheric keyboards. Mikael Stanne sounds murderous behind the mic with his gargled screams and gutteral roars as potent as ever, which is surprising as he's been sounding a bit worn out live recently. Its also worth noting that the guitar solos sound a lot better then they have in a while, with Sundin and Henriksson giving their fingers a bit more of a workout then last time - excellent.
We are the Void really lacks a dull moment, and fans of DT will lap this up. However, there is one obvious flaw to the proceedings, the magnitutde of which depends on your own personal relationship with the band; it sticks very closely to the template laid down on Fiction, and it might be a bit to close for the casual observer. For the first time I can remember, DT didn't really bring anything new to the playing field on this one, which is why its coasting on 4 stars in my book... Perhaps unoriginality can be overlooked when you consider DT literally invented the genre with their buddies ATG and In Flames back in the day. Despite this, We are the Void is still another spectacular outing for Sweden's favourite sons and will, in my opinion, be amoung the top 5 albums of this style released in 2010.
Fans of the band will love this and feel right at home in the void, while anyone unimpressed with their recent albums will probably not jump for joy. I, a completly irrational and biased DT fan, already love it and will probably be listing to this day after day for the next few months.
|1||Shadow In Our Blood (3:46)|
|2||Dream Oblivion (3:48)|
|3||The Fatalist (4:32)|
|4||In My Absence (4:47)|
|5||The Grandest Accusation (4:55)|
|6||At The Point Of Ignition (3:52)|
|7||Her Silent Language (3:33)|
|9||I Am The Void (4:00)|
|10||Surface The Infinite (3:50)|
|12||Star Of Nothingness (2:12)|
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