Seven full-length releases into their career and the near infallible DARK TRANQUILLITY continue to flow with vitality. Character very much picks up where Damage Done left off with more straight ahead aggression and adds a bit more technicality to the mix. Fans looking for a return to the more experimental days of Projector (or even Haven) will be sorely disappointed as the band has clearly moved on. Opener, “The New Build,” makes a grand entrance with an immediate rain of blast beats, something that has been absent in their material for years. But don’t get too attached to them for long as they are the only blast beats you’ll hear on Character. The action continues to pound as much of the album provides more than enough up-tempo energy and bite. In the true DARK TRANQUILLITY-style, the music is powerful, tight, and supreme riffs abound. Buried among all of the more aggressive, up-tempo numbers are the album’s highlights, “Am I 1?” and “My Negation.” These sublime, depressive gems exemplify the progression that the band has been developing through their last four albums. As a whole, it seems that this progression has been a bit stifled, that is, to those who hail Projector to be the band’s best work. And this is the only weak point of an otherwise fantastic album. Cast all the pathetic imitators and posers aside. DARK TRANQUILLITY have clearly proven once again that they are leagues above what a mere “Swedish melodic death metal”-tag could ever describe. (Century Media Records)

4 thoughts on “DARK TRANQUILLITY – Character

  1. I was never a fan of this band before this cd came out, but i got an advanced copy from work one day and decided to give it a shot since people rave so much about these guys. In any case, I was pretty much blown away because I was expecting some sort of cheesyness like many bands that seem to want to follow the gothenberg melodic genre, but wow was I surprised. Definitely worth a listen, doesn’t matter what you have against the type of music, youll be hooked. I’ve since picked up their previous work too, “Damage Done” and although it’s not quite as good its still worth a shot.

  2. Although the most underground out of all Gothenburg bands, Dark Tranquillity proves that they have won the game. They are #1. Many Swedish melodic death acts are over now, and some new bands are emerging. However, Dark Tranquillity is the only stable one. The new Nightrage is also a one to reckon with. But all in all, Dark Tranquillity rules.

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