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  • Audio CD (April 24, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Bring this misery down on me! I love dark tranquillity, one of my favorite bands ever (if not my favorite) and I own everything they have done. Ever since I heard "shadow duet" from their first major full length, I was hooked. Since then and over the years, I have gone back and bought their whole catalog and never once been dissapointed. With each album they expand on their sound without giving into mainstream ideals and still managing to pay homage to their roots. Here is a band that writes in depth, exciting, emotional music and they will never stop if this album is any indication. I'm not sure how they did it, but with this album, they managed to write their best since Projector.

Stanne's vocals on this album sound EVIL as all get out. I mean, really, he sounds down right frickin' scary on all the tracks. With each album, his vocals continue to grow and they are doing so in the right direction. He spits venom into the mic on this release and I love it. And that's not even mentioning the return of his clean vocals! It's been years and a couple of albums since we've heard his very unique and baritone singing style and I'm glad it's back. Even these have been upgraded by him, still sounding better with even more venom and emotion. Even the last track has both clean vocals AND female vocals, which is a nice return to form. It feels nice to my ears to hear angelic vocals pop up, something they haven't used in quite some time (since projector if my memory serves me correctly).

The drumming is once again intricate and he (anders) is using everyting on the kit at his will. However, unlike most metal drummers, he isn't constantly bashing the drums, seeing how fast he can play or how much noise he can make. He makes use of what he has when he has to.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By P. Binh on February 27, 2007
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Great metal bands are usually lucky to have 2-4 amazing albums, with the rest being somewhere between good and mediocre. Dark Tranquillity, on the other hand, have been producing nothing but phenomenal albums since their 1995 release of The Gallery. Ten years and five albums later, we have their latest and possibly their greatest masterpiece: Fiction.

Anyone who loved their last album, Character, will love Fiction even more because it's better at every level. It has the same dynamic blend of aggressive, heavy riffing, melodic passages, guttural growls, and synths that manage to provide background and texture to DT's beautiful melodic aggression. I was pleasantly surprised to hear these elements, so well-utilized on Character, blended with clean vocals and even female guest vocals on Fiction. I was also surprised that I could understand most of the lyrics without the booklet, a testament to the fact that vocalist Mikael Stanne has honed the uncanny ability to growl demonically and scream while retaining total control over his voice.

While Character was a great album, there were a few tracks that I wasn't crazy about. Fiction, on the other hand, does not have a single weak/mediocre/could-have-been-better track - they are all phenomenal. To me, a lot of the songs on Character sounded the same, perhaps because they didn't really have any slow sections or breaks to them. Fiction is far more dynamic with evenly balanced peaks of aggression and troughs of atmospheric keyboard breaks and everything in between.

How a great band can become greater with each passing album without falling into a musical rut after more than fifteen years is mind-boggling.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on June 3, 2007
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Comparing the Dark Tranquillity's recent work with that of their historically related band In Flames, it seems almost counter-intuitive for dark tranq's standards to have remained so high. This review is not of course to speak of In Flames, but merely keep them in mind when considering how different Dark Tranquillity's work has become. Instead of forcing their music to fit a preconceived notion of commercialism to the point where all of the songs end up sounding like it was churned out of somebody's Swedish metal factory. _Fiction_ marks the third masterpiece in a row, and by now they have utterly perfected the stylistic turn that began years back with the mostly successful experiment _Projector_. It is easy enough to lump _Projector_ into the same category as stuff like _Clayman_ or _Natural Born Chaos_, although such a comparison does not bear much usefulness as _Projector_ did not mark a turn to commercialism in the scope of dark tranq's career, but instead was an experiment in the grand scheme of finding awesome music.

With gorgeous pianos and keys shining alongside the ever-brilliant guitar leads and riffs, _Fiction_ also marks the return of Stanne's clean vocals on two tracks and a female-voice supported chorus on the final track, the stunning finale "The Mundane and the Magic". The music is very close to _Character_, but where _Character_'s tracks came off sounding a bit blurred together, _Fiction_'s variety and imagination shows that if anything, Dark Tranquillity is only getting better and may yet peak beyond even what they attained with their youthful masterworks of genre-defining melodeath godliness, _The Gallery_ and _The Mind's I_. In fact, this is the best album since those.
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