DARK TRANQUILLITY – Construct

Dark Tranquillity - ConstructAlbum number 10, Construct, is finally here from the kings of Gothenburg, Sweden.  After making their biggest leap in sound and style in recent times with We Are the Void, DARK TRANQUILLITY continue moving forward.

Those ghostly, eerie, and beautifully sublime and sad feelings from We Are the Void are further explored.  New melodic sensibilities and angles are born here as well.  There are also nods to the past but presented with the wisdom that the band has attained through out the years.

Songs such as “The Silence in Between,” “Apathetic“,  “Endtime Hearts” and “Weight of the End” are a piece of cake for them.  Catchy as hell with some of the best riffs DT have ever written, and I’m referring to those distinctly invincible DT riffs.

Where they shine the brightest on Construct is when they shift into the somber, subdued atmospheres.  The sad melodic lead guitar riff on album opener, “For Broken Words,” speaks volumes.

Uniformity” calls to mind the band’s love of DEPECHE MODE as well as the cold atmospheres from We Are the Void. It is this track where we hear Mikael Stanne  utilizes those soulful clean vocals that we all love so much. The song ends likes glaciers in the distance silently and slowly toppling into the sea.

Construct goes to another level with the soulful “What Only You Know.” The song is a culmination of the best elements of the album – soul, massive keyboards, different tempos, great transitions between quiet and heavy parts, and clean vocals.

State of Trust” is an exercise in dichotomies with the band at its cleanest crashing against heavy, jagged rocks of tension.  The volatility and contrast are awesome.

Album closer, “None Becoming,” sends Construct into the depths of oblivion.  It ranks as one of the band’s most powerful, epic songs, and is a true culmination and summary of present day DT.

Bonus tracks, “Immemorial” and “Photon Dreams,” are definitely worth the few extra bucks.

The subtleties on Construct should never be ignored, whether it be technical brilliance, song arrangements, well placed drum fills, or great lyrics.  Those are the crucial details that distinguish DT as standing high above the pack.  Res ipsa loquitor.

The New DARK TRANQUILLITY Album Approaches

Gothenburg, Sweden’s DARK TRANQUILLITY are set to release their new album, Construct, on May 27, 2013.  Check out the trailer.  There are some snippets of the new album.

Dark Tranquillity - ConstructDARK TRANQUILLITY has this to say about Construct:

“The selected few people that so far have been granted the privilege of hearing the full album are uniformingly convinced that ‘Construct‘ is the strongest and most exciting D.T. album in a long time, and who are we to disagree? While still bearing the unmistakable mark of the dark tranquillity, the record is probably our most different and diverse offering since 1999′s ‘Projector‘. For now, we’re pleased to share the track-list, trailer and sleeve design with you, but the first musical preview will appear in the near future.”

Construct US release track-listing:

1. “For Broken Words
2. “The Science Of Noise
3. “Uniformity
4. “The Silence In Between
5. “Apathetic
6. “What Only You Know
7. “Endtime Hearts
8. “State Of Trust
9. “Weight Of The End
10. “None Becoming
11. “Immemorial” (bonus track)
12. “Photon Dreams” (bonus track)

New DARK TRANQUILLITY Album Hits May 2013

Dark TranquillityGothenburg gods, DARK TRANQUILLITY, released their first album, Skydancer, 20 years ago and are set to release 10th album, Construct, on May 2013.

The band comments: “Greetings, Darklings! After having played over 200 shows in every corner of the world in support of the ‘We Are The Void‘ album, it’s time to focus inwards and lock ourselves up in the studio. Months and months of hard songwriting work has paid off, and the recording sessions will start early this year. Further details will be announced in due time, but for now we can reveal that the album will be entitled ‘Construct‘ and that we’re very excited to have Jens Bogren (PARADISE LOST, OPETH, KATATONIA) taking care of the mix. The release date is set for May 28 in North America.”

The next chance to see DARK TRANQUILLITY live will be in Dubai, where the band has never played before. Some European summer festival appearances have also been announced, and the band is currently working on a US tour for this upcoming September. Stay tuned for more tour dates coming soon!

DARK TRANQUILLITY to Digitally Release Zero Distance EP on October 22nd

Swedish melodic death metal legends DARK TRANQUILLITY will digitally release their Zero Distance EP on October 22nd in North America. Taken from the European tour edition of We are the Void (2010).

Zero Distance tracklisting:

Zero Distance
Out of Gravity
Star of Nothingness
To Where Fires Cannot Feed
The Bow and the Arrow

DARK TRANQUILLITY had this to say about the EP and the immediate future of the band: “We are excited to offer the ‘Zero Distance‘ EP to our US fans who missed out on being able to pick up the limited tour edition of ‘We Are The Void.’ We would also like to inform our fans that we’re are already working on songs for the new album and we plan to enter the studio after the ‘Metal Attack Over Europe‘ tour with our label mates WARBRINGER! We expect to see a summer 2013 release of this new opus and we look forward to seeing everyone in the U.S. as we tour in support of this new release…”

Check out video for the track “Zero Distance”:

The band is currently working on their 10th studio album, tentatively set for a summer 2013 release via Century Media Records.

Watch DARK TRANQUILLITY’s New Video for “In My Absence”

DARK TRANQUILLITY is proud to present their new music video, “In My Absence“! Taken from their latest release, We Are The Void (2010), the video is the band’s fifth promo clip for the album, and was filmed by the band themselves on the road, with guitarist Niklas Sundin taking care of the editing/post production duties. Additional live footage was provided by Anders Björler (THE HAUNTED, AT THE GATES) and Nikolas Pegler.

In regards to this video, Niklas Sundin comments: ”I wanted to create a live video that would capture the energy of our show both from the audience’s perspective as well as from the stage. To accomplish this, we headed out on our recent Europe/Russia tours equipped with a GoPro HD camera, which was mounted on various objects (guitar necks, vocal microphone, member’s bodies etc.) on most of the shows. Despite probably looking pretty weird for those in the crowd that noticed the little device, we arrived home with a lot of interesting footage, and after a lot of editing we’re happy to present the final result: A clip for ‘In My Absence‘, filled with an energy and closeness out of the ordinary. Enjoy!”

Watch the New Video for DARK TRANQUILLITY’s “Zero Distance”

The video for DARK TRANQUILLITY‘s “Zero Distance” has been posted online. The song was written during We are the Void sessions and will appear on the Tour Edition of the album along with additional live tracks, and videos. The video was created by Aduro Labs, which includes DARK TRANQUILLITY guitarist/graphic designer Niklas Sundin.

Watch the visually impressive video: