Favorite

Rhythm & Views 

Dark Tranquility

Death metal is a genre in which there's not a lot of room for diversity in sound. In between multi-metered riff barrages, machine gun-like blast beats and haunting vocals, experimentation is rare.

Sweden's Dark Tranquility tests those boundaries with their latest release, Character. Sticking to the aggressive roots that made them an underground sensation, Dark Tranquility have set out to change the formalities of their genre. Melodies and hooks are added to the group's weaponry, layered with ever-present gothic keyboards.

Character's opening tracks--"The New Build" and "Through Smudged Lenses"--display the classic aggression and attitude of Dark Tranquility. Drummer Anders Jivarp plays 100 miles per minute with his lightning-quick beats, and guitarists Niklas Sundin and Martin Hendriksson complement Jivarp's playing by matching it with menacing riffs and varying tempos. Vocalist Mikael Stanne puts the "death" in death metal with his bloodcurdling and nightmarishly pissed- off lyrics.

"The Endless Feed" showcases the Swedish sextet's sonic evolution. Instead of firing off at will, programmer Martin Brandstrom begins the track with a more atmospheric sound, then it heads into the territory of mid-tempo, crunch riffs and eased-back beats. Stanne retains his aggressive message, but at a calmer pace.

The remaining tracks on Character find a perfect balance between the band's older sound, combined with their modern experimentation. It's quite possibly Dark Tranquility's finest effort, if not their most complete.

More by Jon Hobson

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

The Range

After Orlando: An International Theatre Action

Fifth Annual Rock Lottery with The Flycatcher

More »

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Vintage Vinyl Tucson

    This week: The Spiders 'Don’t Blow Your Mind' b/w 'No Price Tag'
    • Nov 24, 2016
  • Court and Spark

    This Tucson singer-songwriter, who moonlights as a jailhouse psychotherapist, overcame career-killing circumstances
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2016 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation