|Review: Dark Tranquillity - Haven|
Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2000
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: June 11, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 3.85/5 (77%) (20 Votes)
This is a band that has really grown on me. At first I really didn't care for them very much but with each successive listen I have started changing my mind more and more until finally I really like this band a lot. I heard a couple of mp3's on the net and decided to buy both Haven and Projector and I am really glad that I did. It has become increasingly difficult to get both of these albums out of the CD player.
Dark Tranquility is another Swedish band (surprise, surprise…heh) but unlike a lot of their countrymen they have a very unique sound. This is one of those bands that are really difficult to categorize. They use black metal style growling vocals but the music is almost like black metal mixed with a pop sound. This is a really bad analogy but all I can say is you have to listen to this for yourself if you want to categorize the sound.
The highlight to me on the album is the overall strength in the songwriting department. The songs are really groove oriented and this really helps them stick in your mind and it seems the more you listen to them the more you will get to like it. Another of the highlights for me was the keyboards on this album. They are more pronounced but are mainly used for atmosphere to create emotion in the songs. The keyboards really add a lot of depth and dynamics to the songs, which keep the band from being just another dual guitar band.
The only complaint I have with the album is the lack of any clean vocals whatsoever. Projector switches back and forth and I though it added a lot to the music overall. That is a very minor complaint however as I really like this album a lot and although I prefer Projector by a slim margin this is still an excellent album and highly recommended.
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