Gothenburg gods, DARK TRANQUILLITY, have never been guilty of musical complacency. Even with their last few albums, new angles and ideas can be found, even if they are, at times, only subtle nuances. With We are the Void, the band have easily created their most artistically challenging album since Haven. Their new work surely takes many listens over the course of time to fully understand that this isn’t the same animal that you’ve heard previously. There are plenty of stimulating and interesting song arrangements (“Iridium“), new riffing territory (“Her Silent Language”), and some new avenues (“Arkhangelsk”) that DARK TRANQUILLITY traverse that give the album a fresh feel.
However, that’s not to say that We are the Void is some 180 degree shift. The melancholy, the soul, invincible riffs (“I Am the Void”), and tasteful and tight musicianship are here as they’ve always been. New bassist Daniel Antonsson fits in seamlessly with the rest of the band with not only his bass lines but also his songwriting.
As mentioned above, the baring of the soul and the deep, honest emotions and thoughts expressed on We are the Void exemplify the greatness of this band. We are the Void reminds one that life is short and thus, time should never be wasted on lesser music. (Century Media Records)