Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dark Tranquillity: We Are the Void (2010) Review

What is there to say about a new Dark Tranquility album?

In the late 80's they were one of the first groups to develop the melodic death metal style, building aggressive songs around compelling melodies, and accenting it with subtle keyboards. Since at least the mid-90's, they've been one of the most consistent metal bands out there in both style and songwriting. We Are the Void is no exception.

Saying that it's consistent is not the same as saying it's more of the same. Their songs are always new, and they're always willing to plug in subtle elements from other genres, be it black metal (the vocals lean this way), gothic metal (see "Her Silent Language"), thrash metal (see "In My Absence"), sometimes even industrial metal (the keyboards).

The Verdict: So, what is there to say about a new Dark Tranquility album? Nothing. You should already have it, because it's predictably good--but the songwriting is not predictable. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

1 comment:

  1. Dark Tranquillity is one of my favorite bands. I enjoyed this album, just as much as all their other stuff. The Gallery is still my favorite though.