Dark Tranquillity - Character (Limited MFTM 2013 Edition) (Music CD)

Release Date: 31 December 2012
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Having taken longer than most of Gothenburg, Sweden's death metal giants to reveal their greatness, Dark Tranquility have now arguably become that ever-popular subgenre's most enduring torch-bearers -- the living embodiment of melodic death metal midway through the '00s. And, in keeping with that station, 2005's Character marks the third installment of what most agree has been the band's most consistent career-phase; one which finds them, like other genre standard-bearers before them (Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, anyone?), reveling in their mastery of a formula they know so well it inevitably begs the question: have they become too comfortable in their niche? Are they stagnating? Well, there's a distinct difference between beating a dead horse and riding it to victory every time, and Character sure feels like the latter, as song after memorable song storms by all limbs a-flailing and death-shrieks a-shrieking, their riffs and harmonies stacked as densely as only Dark Tranquility can stack them. If anything, this outing follows a slightly more straightforward and aggressive tact than its two acclaimed predecessors, using well-placed synthesizer breaks and melodies to heighten, not suffocate, the ferocious onslaught driving the nearly black metal barrage of "The New Build," the overpowering fury of "Lost to Apathy," and the brilliantly schizophrenic "Dry Run." In fact, only the rather electronics-heavy "The Endless Feed" and the especially emotive quasi-ballad "My Negation" ever manage to distract us from the dominant maelstroms raging here. Admittedly, there's probably no single perfect offering on Character on par with Haven's "Not Built to Last" or Damage Done's "Cathode Ray Sunshine," but there's also no real weak links to speak of, either -- perhaps the less-than-marvelous, "Mind Matters" and "Am I 1?" But, for all intents and purposes, what we have here is quite simply state-of-the-art melodic death metal. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
Release Date: 31 December 2012
  • Disk 1
  • 1. The New Build
  • 2. Through Smudged Lenses
  • 3. Out of Nothing
  • 4. The Endless Feed
  • 5. Lost to Apathy
  • 6. Mind Matters
  • 7. One Thought
  • 8. Dry Run
  • 9. Am I 1?
  • 10. Senses Tied
  • 11. My Negation
  • Disk 2
  • 1. The Wonders at Your Feet (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 2. The Treason Wall (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 3. Hedon (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 4. White Noise/Black Silence (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 5. Haven (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 6. Punish My Heaven (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 7. Monochromatic Stains (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 8. Indifferent Suns (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 9. Format C: for Cortex (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 10. Insanity's Crescendo (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 11. Hours Passed in Exile (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 12. The Sun Fired Blanks (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 13. Damage Done (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 14. Lethe (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 15. Not Built to Last (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 16. ThereIn (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 17. Zodijackyl Light (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 18. Final Resistance (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)
  • 19. Ex Nihilo (Live in Poland, October 7th 2002)

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