Dark Tranquillity — Projector (1999)

19.02.2002  :: АрхивАрхив рецензий Автор: Chris Alfano

I originally listened to this album with low expectations. It’s not that I have ever been disappointed with a Dark Tranquility release, but 1997’s «The Mind’s I» was going to be a tough act to follow. Further fuelling my anticipation of mediocrity were the vast number of rumors flying around that the band had changed for the worse. Having finally listened, re-listened, analyzed, and cherished this disc, I can say with certainty that «Projector» is the best DT disc to date.

The most basic description of Dark Tranquility’s music would undoubtedly include the dreaded «Gothenburg-style melodic death metal» tag, but only the most casual listener will walk away from «Projector» with the same impression. This album sees the band moving into new territory with clean vocal sections, stronger hooks, and overall, a more orchestrated sound. Opener «Freecard» is an excellent example of DT’s new approach, as well as the best tune they have ever written. The upbeat string intro is followed by a majestic guitar riff, after which vocalist Michael Stanne steps in with some powerful roaring to throw everything into high gear. Other highlights include «Auctioned», «The Sun Fired Blanks», and the surprisingly melodic «Dobermann». Watch these guys closely; they are on to something big.

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