Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Initial Impressions: Dark Tranquillity: We are the Void

Let's see, it's been three years, yep, it's time for a new Dark Tranquillity album. The band is like clockwork. Also, they have their own distinct sound that has been developed over the years to the point when you know damn well when you're listening to a Dark Tranquillity album.

If you've ever heard any of DT's recent albums, you know exactly what to expect here. Iron Maiden-esque riffs, downtuned, and played very fast and Mikael Stanne's trademark death growls. They play fast and heavy melodic death metal with an emphasis on the melodies. There are keyboard flourishes occasionally, but they do not overwhelm the music.

If anything, this album is a bit of a return to form to some of their heavier stuff. It's more aggressive and powerful than some of their recent output. It's not as laidback and calm. There's a sense of urgency to the album that has been missing for a little while.

The band is a leader in their genre for very good reason: they are quite simply amazing songwriters. I never tire of Dark Tranquillity. They are one of my favorite bands and have been since I discovered their music on my own back in college. This album re-emphasizes that feeling for their music.

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