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We Are the Void: Reviews

Discussion in 'Dark Tranquillity' started by Defiance, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. Defiance

    Defiance I vårens ljusa kvällar

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  2. La Rocque

    La Rocque I am that I am

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    I posted that very review in/on the WATV thread a few days ago

    edit ... maybe you have me on your ignore list?
     
  3. plintus

    plintus Señor Member

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    I think he has ADD :D

    Why not have everything in the WATV thread? I mean - having one for reviews is a good idea, but people will just start discussing the album :cool:

    Make album thread sticky, get all reviews in the first post - just like that I command thee! :)
     
  4. rahvin

    rahvin keeper of the flame

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    Yes to stickying the album thread. But we can keep this one for reviews as well, the other is really long already.
     
  5. Defiance

    Defiance I vårens ljusa kvällar

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    Great, grazie!

    Here's the only one (until now) from metal-archives:

    Dark Tranquillity experiments with black metal
    - 90%
    Written by The_Wanderer on February 21st, 2010

    When I heard Dark Tranquillity was coming out with a new album, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Like many fans, I have always viewed The Gallery as the pinnacle of their career, but I have also enjoyed every album since. After the highly experimental Projector, the band began a gradual stylistic evolution to which Fiction seemed the inevitable conclusion. Projector began an emphasis on a dark futuristic atmosphere which has been a consistent theme in the modern DT sound, slowing the tempo down and showcasing Mikael Stanne’s gothic-styled clean vocals. Haven was the debut of keyboardist Martin Brandstrom, which continued the mid-paced atmospheric sound of Projector with more industrial elements and without the clean vocals. Damage Done was a return to more conventional melodic death metal, but with the gothic/industrial elements of the previous two albums replacing the neoclassical and folk elements present on the first three. Character continued this trend, but with a significant boost of aggression and technicality. Fiction combined all of these sounds into a diverse yet focused masterpiece of modern melodic death metal, featuring the return of Stanne’s clean voice alongside the atmospheric industrial elements of Haven, and without a lack of the aggression and technicality found on Damage Done and Character.

    Which brings us to 2010, and We Are The Void. 21 years into their career, Dark Tranquillity proves able to do what few bands can, bringing in fresh new elements to their sound without changing it at the core and losing their identity. I feared Fiction II, an inferior clone of the previous album, but Fiction II this is not, thanks to the subtle addition of an influence I found slightly surprising - black metal.

    The black metal elements are made clear in the very first track, Shadow In Our Blood. Beginning with a haunting keyboard melody, the song proceeds into technical thrash-influenced melodeath riffage typical of Dark Tranquillity, except that the melodies and harmonies being used are less typical of Gothenburg than they are of black metal. The keyboards in the chorus descend in chromatic minor chords, another very typical black metal move resulting in a dark and eerie atmosphere. The song climaxes with an aggressive drum fill leading into two nicely done eastern sounding guitar solos. Dream Oblivion is notable for its use of black metal elements alongside progressive tendencies that have always been present in the band’s sound, beginning with dark chords on the keyboard coming in on odd beats. A black metal atmosphere is also quite noticeable on Arkhangelsk (named appropriately after a city in the far north), and the closing track, Iridium, which proceeds along at a relatively slow pace, featuring some very well done clean vocals from Stanne and a haunting but beautiful industrial outro.

    Aside from the new black metal elements which should be obvious to the longtime Dark Tranquillity fan as something quite new for them, another notable feature of this album is that Stanne has not abandoned the clean vocals he brought back for Fiction. For people who despised Projector, this could be bad news, but personally, I have always been a fan of them, and I actually think they’re better than they ever have been. Aside from the previously mentioned Iridium, they are also quite well done in the other two songs they appear in, The Grandest Accusation, and the beautiful semi-ballad Her Silent Language.

    So what’s the verdict? It’s a great album. For those new to Dark Tranquillity, I would suggest getting Fiction first as essentially the epitome of their modern sound, and if you like that, you will certainly like this. I would only suggest staying away from it if you hate Gothenburg or “keyboard metal”, but even if that is the case, this might just be the band that changes your mind.

    Standout Tracks: Shadow In Our Blood, Her Silent Language, I Am The Void, and pretty much every other.
    Weak Tracks: None
     
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    herneheim Photog. Extraordinaire

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    Not only the best swedish metal album of the year, but a magnificent masterpiece that's gonna last. Forever.
     
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    I'd just like to add that Göteborgs-Posten is the largest morning paper not only in town but also in the Western region. Personally I've found them rather conservative with the grades (typically a 2/5 is a normal review) so this is maximum positive PR for the band. Pleasant surprise and perhaps an opening to a wider audience.
     
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    Yeah, I got the "För alltid" bit :D

    As awesome as it is true :)
     
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    He also writes something like this:

    The result is a plunge into the harsh blacks(?) and shimmering stars of hope, and at the same time, it's the most merciless and focused album the pioneers of the Gothenburg sound has ever recorded.
     
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    I know how to use Google's Translate tool :D (got from online posting).

    The article is very well written - translation is almost impeccable :)
     
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    herneheim Photog. Extraordinaire

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    Aah, right. Well, i didn't ;)
    Yes, very good indeed. Quality review, quality album.
     
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    Hahaha, just thought that the article compliments the record nicely :)

    But seriously - it read like poetry in Google's translation =)
     
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    Even though he does not understand the need for this thread
    as always La Rocque follows the master's wishes and gets with the program
    from Revolver march/april 2010
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    :lol:

    And... "cookie monster vocals"? Bahaha, I saw some cunt mention that on BBM aeons ago... yeah, "music journalism" at it's best.
     
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    Are we able to put personal reviews in this thread? Or shove those into the other WATV thread? Just because I'm really inspired to write about this album... And I'm dying to hear Stizzle's review as well... I can't deal with how good this album is.
     
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    As you prefer. General guidelines are: this thread to be relatively "ZOMG WAtV rules!!!"-comments free and focusing on reviews/links to reviews, the other WAtV thread to be more of a free-for-all, and the other other WAtV thread to be stizzleomnibus' domain because, seriously, he has put so much effort into it and the least we can do is not to see it buried in a myriad other posts too soon.
     
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    NovembersDirge Angry Metal Guy

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    I also find that song quality increases with track number for the first seven tracks of this album, but to me the peak, both emotionally and tension-wise, is reached on tracks seven and eight. Funny how the exact opposite poles in the album (my two favorite tracks from it and my least favorite track from it) are right next to each other. Then it goes back up with the last two songs but doesn't quite reach the enormous heights Arkhangelsk and Her silent language established.
     

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