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The Gallery - Dark Tranquillity

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Death Metal / Artist: Dark Tranquillity / Audio CD released 2002-02-25 at Osmose

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      21.06.2008 10:06
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      Dark Tranquillity's second album (1995).

      Although despised by death metal purists, Swedish melodic death metal boasts an impressive range of talent that saw the genre develop through the 1990s before deteriorating into the shambles it is today. By far the most impressive and groundbreaking of all of these bands is Dark Tranquillity, one of the very few acts still performing great music today, though it's their second album 'The Gallery' that really defines their sound, and the potential of melodic death metal as a whole.

      This is as flawless as a melodeath album can get, combining Mikael Stanne's fierce vocals with the alternatively heavy and melodic guitars of Niklas Sundin and Frederik Johansson, churning out riff after memorable, distinctive, compelling riff. The opening song 'Punish My Heaven' still blows me away with its relentless motion and sheer quantity of ideas, without ever seeming overlong or alienating, and Stanne's vocal performance keeps things intense.

      Other songs such as 'The Gallery' and 'Lethe' introduce lighter, minimalistic elements along with female vocals to diversify the sound, before the final epic 'Mine is the Grandeur ... Of Melancholy Burning' morphs from a folky acoustic intro into a plodding death metal epic.

      1. Punish My Heaven
      2. Silence, and the Firmament Withdrew
      3. Edenspring
      4. The Dividing Line
      5. The Gallery
      6. The One Brooding Warning
      7. Midway Through Infinity
      8. Lethe
      9. The Emptiness From Which I Fed
      10. Mine Is the Grandeur...
      11. ...Of Melancholy Burning

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Punish My Heaven
    2 Silence And The Fimament Withdrew
    3 Denspring
    4 Dividing Line
    5 Gallery
    6 One Brooding Warning
    7 Midway Through Infinity
    8 Lethe
    9 Emptiness From Which I Fed
    10 Mine Is The Grandeur...
    11 Of Melancholy Burning