|Review: Dark Tranquillity - Damage Done|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 2002
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: July 19, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 4.32/5 (86.4%) (25 Votes)
I don’t think it would be a too far-fetched statement to say that this new album from Dark Tranquillity is one of the most anticipated albums of the year for the majority of metal fans out there. With this type of anticipation there is real fear of an album not living up to the high expectations set for those eagerly awaiting it’s release. Well for all the fans of Dark Tranquillity or the melodic death metal sound they helped pioneer along with In Flames there is absolutely nothing on this album that could even slightly be considered a disappointment. If anything this album is actually better than I expected it to be and that is saying something considering I am a big fan of their previous work.
It is hard to say what this album really sounds like compared to previous releases other than to say it seems like a natural progression for this band which seems to change their sound ever so slightly from one release to the next but always in a good way. It seems to me that the album is a little heavier than "Haven" but that could really just be my imagination (Like I said it is a bit hard to say :)). One fact that really stands out however is the absolutely brilliant songwriting on this album. Multiple tempo changes within each song blend together so seamlessly that at first listen you don’t even notice. I also noticed that this album is much more guitar oriented in it’s delivery with some absolutely killer riffs and melody lines over the top. The vocals are the same as on "Haven" which for me personally fits the style a lot better.
From start to finish this album just screams quality and really showcases the immense amount of talent in this band. In my opinion this may very well be the album that sets a new standard for the genre as a whole. Those may be some pretty big words but after you hear this for yourself you will see what I mean. It is just that damn good.
Overall an album that will certainly become part of the year end top ten for a great many people and certainly part of mine. Dark Tranquillity have topped themselves again and this album can simply be described in one word… BRILLIANT!
HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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