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Review: Dark Tranquillity - Lost to Apathy
Dark Tranquillity
Lost to Apathy

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 17:24
Tracks: 4
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Review online: November 19, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating
Lost to Apathy

Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (4 Votes)

It is no secret that this reviewer is a huge Dark Tranquillity fan. Hence, I just had to check this EP out; even if it is a cash grab attempt. We get four songs here, a Dark Tranquillity screen-saver and a video clip of the title track. For the price of a single, that is worth your money I guess. My problem is simply – Why? WE WANT THE FULL ALBUM NOW! We know it has been done and completed for a long, long time! *Shudders*

Anyway, the opening track – "Lost To Apathy" is the only one from here that will be featured on the bands upcoming release "Character" in January 2005. And if this song is any indication of what the rest of that album sounds like, then good God, sign me up 'cause I want a piece! It is damn amazing and fully lives up to the astronomical expectations that their fans have. I would say it is something of a "Damage Done" song gone berserk and pumped full of even more energy! There is nothing 'tame' about the guitars on it and the vocals…well they are always top notch aren't they? No clean vox though, only the cookie monster comes out for his feeding. "Derivation TNB" is a decent song and sounds like a ballad that should have been on the "Projector" album. The next track we get is the problematic one. I realize that it is just a remix and will not be featured on the album in this form, but please…It just scares me where it is going. There is far too much keyboard wankery going on and just…no. Stanne's vocals make it clear that this is Dark Tranquillity but musically, it is just annoying, and flirts too much with techno or whatever is going on there. It just does not sound right. The live version of "Undo Control" is pretty cool though, with Stanne doing both the harsh and clean vocals.

Overall, a good release, but only recommended for those who want a little taste of what is to come. I think this EP only increases the hype surrounding the album, so I really hope the rest of it delivers like the title cut here. Anyway…fans will not be disappointed from this.

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