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Dark Tranquillity
Gates Of Metal 2005 [No Label 1CD]
Live in Hultsfred, Sweden, August 6, 2005. An FM recording.

At the metal festival, Gates of Metal, in Hultsfred, Sweden, Dark Tranquillity played a set that drew on material from their last two albums Character [2005] and Damage Done [2002]. Those two albums offered fresh direction for the band introducing electronic soundscapes and fuller compositions of very dramatic and epic songs while retaining their melodeath style with hummable tunes.

If the term "melodic death metal" sounds like a contradiction in terms, then that's what Sweden's Dark Tranquillity sound like. Take the band's opening track at the Hultsfred Festival in 2005 for example. The Treason Wall sounds like any other death metal track, buzzing guitar and growling vocals. But in the background, there is a majestic sweep that better recalls Asia or even Yes. Seen as one of the leading Swedish metal bands, Dark Tranquillity have the speed, they have the chops and there is a nice balance between ferocity and melody. Then there are tracks such as The New Build, The Wonders At Your Feet and Punish My Heaven, which have a certain catchiness (not to mention a certain Twilight Zone-ishness) to them. On the downside, Lost To Apathy and Through Smudged Lenses breeze through without registering.

But Dark Tranquillity are the maturing sound of the early Scandinavian black metal scene that once panicked adults from Norway to Malaysia with its aggression and satanic stance. These days the metal bands there prefer to put on a show. Typical is Dark Tranquillity's studied compositions, layered sound and competent musicianship. The band look more like middle-age salarymen than heavy metallers.

At once enjoyable and entertaining, you'd wished they'd be a bit more menacing. But they do put up a good show. - Stephen Tan

Character is their 7th album. First album was recorded in 1991, Trail Of Life Decayed.

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Track 01 Intro
Track 02 The Treason Wall *
Track 03 Lost To Apathy #
Track 04
Through Smudged Lenses #
Track 05 White Noise/ Black Silence *
Track 06 The New Build #
Track 07
The Wonders At Your Feet
Track 08
Monochromatic Stains *
Track 09 Punish My Heaven
Track 10 Therein
Track 11 One Thought #
Track 12 My Negation #
Track 13 Final Resistance *

Lineup:

Mikael Stanne - vocals
Michael Nicklasson - Bass
Anders Jivarp - Drums
Martin Henriksson - Guitars
Niklas Sundin - Guitars
Martin Brändström - Keyboards

# Songs found on the band’s 2005 Character album.
* Songs found on the 2002 Damage Done album.

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