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Dark Tranquillity
Damage Done
August 2002
Released: 2002, Century Media
Rating: 4.7/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Fans all over the world have waited for the sixth album by Dark Tranquillity from Gothenburg Sweden. The band has played for 13 years and their first demo was produced 1991.This is my first meeting with the melodic death-metal music that this band plays. DAMAGE DONE is solid as a rock !!!!!

DAMAGE DONE is recorded in the very famous studio-Fredman in Gothenburg.The studio is owned by Fredrik Nordström of the band Dream Evil.

Mikael Stanne-lead-vox

Niklas Sundin-guitar

Martin Henriksson-guitar

Anders Jivarp-drums

Michael Nicklasson-bass

Martin Brändström-electronics

For a fan of melodic death-metal the band has created eleven songs for our great pleasure. Mikael on lead-vox has the same angry voice as L.G in the band Entombed. You can hear what he sings and that is a big plus. Niklas/Martin Have a real heavy sound in their guitars. The band uses keyboard in the soundpicture and they are brave enough to bring this odd and heavy sound to their music.

I haven’t heard them before and I can’t analyse their former music but DAMAGE DONE is in my opinion one of the best cd this year. DAMAGE DONE kicks off with the ultrafast track ”FINAL RESISTANCE”. One example of their style is ”HOURS PASSED IN EXILE” with tidy keyboard in the chorus, more melodic deathmetal, another is ”MONOCHROMATIC STAINS”. The opening is industial metal and after that the music changes to very heavy melodic metal.” SINGLE PART OF TWO” The intro is on keyboard and the tempo is half-speed before it changes to gothic-metal with death-metal lead-vox. ”THE TREASON WALL” heavy melodic death-metal,fast and slow parts in the song.The titletrack is very heavy, everyone plays really fast but there are some slower parts in this song as well.The record ends with the first instrumental song of the band and it’s called ”EX NIHILO” very calm metal with keyboard and guitar on top of the soundpicture.

This is a very well thought out composition where the band dares to take risks and use keyboard in the melodic death-metal songs of the band. They dare to go their own way and skip trends.

A Masterpiece!

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