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2013: CONSTRUCT

Discussion in 'Dark Tranquillity' started by Defiance, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. Defiance

    Defiance I vårens ljusa kvällar

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    The one, only track I'm not getting into is None Becoming; right now it seems weak compared to the rest; I need to pay more attention to it.
     
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    The_Fatalist New Metal Member

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    I think Construct is DT's most impressive album since Damage Done.

    Stanne has never sounded better, both in terms of his growls and his cleans, and the lyrical themes really resonate with me.

    The songwriting is exceptional too - it feels very organic and sophisticated. Even though the riffs don't always take center stage, the songs are still crushing and memorable. No more over reliance on simplified, chuggy guitar rhythms and prominent keyboard leads, which were my main issues with Fiction and WATV. Every instrument is as prominent and complex as it needs to be, giving the album a feeling of synergy I haven't experienced in years.

    I enjoy every track, but Uniformity, The Silence In Between, Endtime Hearts and State of Trust are the standouts for me.
     
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    Will do :kickass:.



    In my opinion, Uniformity is the best song on the album, although the whole album is fucking amazing!!
     
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    Nice pics !

    Can you say something about the sound of the LP?
     
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    The grey LP + 7", limited to 300 copies. :kickass:

    Here it is:

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Defiance

    Defiance I vårens ljusa kvällar

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    Ohhhh very nice; I didn't know it was limited to 100, less than the white one. How many LPs are there, 3, 4 or5? Grey, Black, Red… and?

    I want to see the coveeeer! :p I hate the normal cover, to be honest haha.

    My package has arrived (for some reason I'll have to pay CAD 20 to FedEx), so as soon as I finish the trip I'll have it in my greedy hands.

    And the more I listen to Construct, the more I love it; slowly thinking this might be the best DT album… ever?
     
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    The_Fatalist New Metal Member

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    I also think Construct could be their best album yet. It combines everything I love about Projector, Haven and Damage Done, while carving out new sonic territory.

    I'll need to let the album age a bit before I decide, but it's certainly their best release in over a decade.
     
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    Defiance I vårens ljusa kvällar

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    I'm debating if it's better than Character; the feelings I get from both albums are different, so I'm not sure if I can compare them; with the former I feel quite hopeless, whilst with the latter I feel quite hopeful at times.

    New poll!
     
  10. Defiance

    Defiance I vårens ljusa kvällar

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    Compare with Through Smudged Lenses:

    These walls are protecting us
    Burn them to the ground
    This haven of refuge
    Burn it to the ground
    So smudge the lens a little
    muffle the voice phase out of sound a while and let it go
    citizens of choice in a twilight world of your design
    left to our devices we stumble on

    ----
    Silence in Between:
    The walls are coming down
    All we need is
    One to fail, one to break
    One to take it all away
    What if we crumble,
    What if we fall
    Where is the flame
    That torch the soul
    Truth when spoken
    Dies down to nothing
    ----

    Which again makes me more convinced that this is a slightly more "hopeful" DT album.
     
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    The CD cover isn't the best, but it's good. The vinyl cover is fucking awesome, though.

    Here it is:
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Defiance

    Defiance I vårens ljusa kvällar

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    The thing is that Niklas is a great artist, and the CD cover is rather lame to be honest; I don't like it, at all. The LP one? Brilliant! It gives a really old-skool vibe to me; I love it.
     
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    ^ I want to get the LP cover on a shirt or something :kickass:
     
  14. Defiance

    Defiance I vårens ljusa kvällar

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    YES, PLEASE.
     
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    Really liking the new album Construct so far, early favourite song is the silence in between. this is the album that should have been the follow up to fiction imo. listening to stanne's clean vocals it seems possible, but not likely the band could go down the katatonia route. DT are back !
     
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    After giving myself some time to become familiar with the album I've come to the conclusion that Construct is another really good effort by DT overall but I think it's not their best. There are just some songs/parts on this album that don't really get me. Nothing REALLY bad but quite some flaws. I think it has some songs that really feel different and fresh in a good way, some with a usual feeling but also some that I cannot really be friends with so far.

    Stannes vocals are stunning throughout the whole album especially the clean ones, everything is fine with drums/bass too. I'm not overly satisfied with the guitar work in some songs though (maybe there's not enough Henriksson for me on this release). On the keyboard side I'm sometimes missing the piano-stuff from Fiction, otherwise it's solidly good, sometimes to dominant maybe where it needs to fill in for the guitars.

    Songs that don't really work for me up until now:
    For Broken Words, which just passes by without much Highlights, best part is the opening guitar melody (It growed on me over the past weeks since release though and might leave this list with a few more spins or after hering it live).

    Apathetic, even though it is probably the most guitar driven song on the album. The riffing partly feels rather bland to me. Like the pre-chorus Section though and the beginning of the verse. I'm really disliking the part from 2:16-2:46, just gives me nothing.

    None Becoming, which leaves me pretty cold, probably the closest DT can get to writing a bad song :/ Need to give it more spins though, as I've not really given it much of a chance so far. Iridium left me cold as well for quite some time, now I love it, so there is always hope ;)
    Actually while listening to it again right now as I'm writing this I think it has some good parts to it, so it will probably just need more time. Won't turn into a favourite though.

    Now for the other ones ;)

    The Sience of Noise hast a pretty 90s feel to it in some parts (especially the bridge, love it!) and has really neat guitar work on the whole song. One of the Highlights for me even though the Chorus doesn't stand out as much as it could be from the magnificient verse&bridge.

    Uniformity leaves me with a little bit of biased feelings about the verse but it's all turning very good with this infectious chorus melody. After the intro the verse starts with a little dissonant feeling that I'm not so fond of. It turns way better in the second part of the verse when the piano part kicks in followed by a beautiful chorus. Outro is a bit too long maybe, but good. Like this one :)

    I absolutely love The Silence in Between! Everything about this Song is what I like to hear. It maybe could use a bit more of a build-up in the beginning but this is not something I would criticize. Splendid guitar work, crushing drums, a little cooldown in between, melodic but still heavy chorus. Best song on the album.

    What Only You Know starts with kind of over-dominant keyboards, which is also the only flaw this song has got throughout (ending part of the first chorus!). Again we've got amazing vocals by Mikael, be it clean or rough. The little bridge has a nice feeling to it, also the chorus. Very good song overall with some minor flaws.

    When I first heard the beginning of Endtime Hearts I think I thought "Ouch, what is this?!" (up until around 15 or 20 seconds in). Pretty horrible start, which goes into a verse that is saved by the good vocals. The "chugging" (don't know if this is the right word for this) riff in the verse is something I'll probably never like about this song or in general wherever something like this appears. Everything turns better though with the calm pre-chorus which really leads well into the energetic chorus. Cool solo followning the second chorus, would've liked to hear more of these. Nice transition into the pre-chorus too.
    A very good song all in all even though I'm not too fond of the verse.

    I really like the calm beginning of State of Trust, with those beautiful cleans again, the guitar becoming more domniant after a while...and then it's suddenly disrupted after 49 seconds. The part from 0:49-1:03 is saved once again by the vocals and this time also by the synths which fit this part pretty well. Don't like the riffing here again. When it turns more "fluid" again for the second part of the chorus it is much more to my liking and just fits the song better imho. I'm a fan of this song but this pre-chorus riff is just too disruptive to be enjoyable for me. The variation in the chorus (turning rough vocals into clean ones in the 2nd and 3rd one) is also a neat addition.
    One of my absolute favourites on Construct despite the things I dislike about it.

    Again some chuggy riffs in Weight of the End but those are outweighed by far by the good parts ;). All in all good riffing in this one leading to a catchy chorus and and a neat melodic bridge / outro which pleases my ears very much :)

    Uff, didn't think I'd write so much but just couldn't reduce it to one-liners ^^

    Edit: Have just listened to the Bonus Songs once so far, need to give Immemorial some more spins before judging it but it left me with a good feeling when I listened to it.
    Photon Dreams felt kind of unnecessary to me.
     
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    State of Trust is perfect, how dare you criticise it??? ;)
     
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    Because I like it when music flows. I'm not a fan of either dissonant or a-rhytmic stuff ;)
    I mean I do like variable rhythms but this change is just too hard in my opinion. Just kicks you out of the song for a moment and this is not what should happen I think ^^
     
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    Anyone know first week sales numbers? DT made a few entries on Billboard US: #171 on the Billboard 200, #3 on Heatseekers, and #12 on Hard Rock Albums. I hope this means more than one headlining tour in North America.
     
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    stizzleomnibus Decisively Human

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    Oh man, I saw that they were #3 on Heatseekers, but I didn't realize they'd placed in the Billboard 200. That's incredible! Unfortunately, I think that means they're off the Heatseekers chart next week and they won't ever be eligible for it again, since Heatseekers is reserved for artists who have never placed in the top 200. Either way, that's incredible news for the band and it makes me very happy.

    As for North American tours: I'm hopeful like you, but NA tours aren't particularly profitable. Our currency is almost worthless, it's a long drive between populated cities (especially if you want to hit anything other than the U.S./Canada border), we tax foreign musicians, and increasingly venues have started taking big chunks of merchandise revenues for themselves. It's a break-even proposition, really.
     

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