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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, May 15, 2012
Vinyl, Limited Edition, August 10, 2010
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Equal parts vicious and melodic, _Damage Done_ is a concrete force of heavy songwriting that achieves a good deal of musical depth within its 45 minute length. Razor-sharp guitar harmonies slice through the dense riffing, keyboards hover around the edges, and Mikael Stanne's fierce, flesh-blistering vocals. There is an unfortunate onus surrounding metal intimating that it cannot be melodic, but Sweden can make the difference - Dark Tranquillity especially.
Unlike old In Flames' major-key guitar harmonies, however, Dark Tranquillity has achieved a different sort of melodic attribute. Over top chunky riffing and aggressive percussion, Stanne's vocal performances are surprisingly irresistible (as they have always been), and the keyboard-guitar interplay stands out as particularly ear-catching. "Hours Passed in Exile" is just remarkable as a feast of melodic rapture, with brilliant synth accents and a gloomy heaviness. "Monochromatic Stains" evokes speed metal but also integrates keyboard-enhanced melodic explorations (and depending on the edition you pick up, you can see the ultra-cool video). "Ex Nihilo" is a shivery instrumental recalling the more quieter passages of _Projector_ and _Haven_, illuminated by shadowy keys.Read more ›
Opener "Final Resistance" is a perfect mood-setter, a rousing speed-metal number with riffs and drums that would do Megadeth proud, complemented by a killer melodic chorus. "Hours Passed in Exile" has a melodic lead guitar line effotlessly woven into the verses, with some keyboard touches thrown in for atmosphere. "Monochromatic Stains," ironically, is anything but monochromatic, as it's chock full of tempo changes, careening back and forth between melody and all-out aggressiveness. "Treason Wall" slows things down bit initially, but it's still plenty heavy, with menacing vocals from Stanne, and it breaks into a thrashy sound in the chorus. The title track brings the album back into the thrash sound, as it's perhaps the fastest song to be found here. "The Enemy" is perhaps my personal favorite on "Damage Done," though, as it seems to exemplify everything that makes the album great. It starts out as a midtempo, heavy-as-hell basher, but then abruptly shifts into a soft melodic passage highlighted by almost-gentle keys and lead guitar work before reverting to the metallic sound again.
As my review should have indicated by now, the band seems intent on not sticking with one sound for too long, as each song goes through a myriad of changes.Read more ›
Now comes "Damage Done." The band secluded themselves and deprived themselves of sleep until it was completed. It's a wonder what sleep deprivation and seclusion will do for a band, because what resulted is an amazing album. Gone is the clean singing and female vocals. Less attention is paid to the programming. It doesn't seem as forced as it did on the two previous albums, and it flows perfectly with each song. Still present is the melody, beauty, and overall great song writing that has become expected from DT. "Damage Done" is the perfect blend of all the good things about "Projector" and "Haven." This, along with the Crown's "Crowned in Terror," is the essential Swedish death metal album of the year; it is the album In Flames and Soilwork wishes they could have released.
On this Rescue Tape/Disk, which accompanies me on all road trips and other places where I might find myself without access to my collection, I place ~80 minutes of the best -- and ONLY the absolute best -- metal songs I've ever come across.
Each time a new song cracks into the 80 minutes-worth of best music I've ever heard, I destroy the old recording (I know: shame on me. But it's a ritual; what can I say?), and immediately make a new one, retaining as many of the Old Classics as possible, while making room for the new song. This happens about once every couple years. At most. Genuine classics come about that infrequently, so I don't take this process lightly.
After just a couple listens, the 4 or so minutes of "Monochromatic Stains" has earned a place among the best 80 minutes of metal I've ever heard. Less than a week after buying "Damage Done," I took the 20-lb sledge to the old Rescue Disk and created a new one, adding this track, and bumping Slayer's "Angel of Death," which had been with me since the beginning.
"Damage Done" is worth the price of the disk for this track alone. The amazing thing is that the remaining tracks are all nearly as strong. There is not a weak moment on the album, and in its strongest moments, I place it among the Legends. That is higher praise than I could give it in a thousand words of musical description. Easily the best album I've purchased in 2002.
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Great Album. Great quality of the sound of vinyl. This Black on Black Release.Published 19 months ago by SpreadYourLove
Dark Tranquillity's proper worldwide breakthrough album features a blurry red cover with Mikael Stanne doubled over in what appears to be agony. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Head of Metal
Dark tranquility are one of the better known melodic death metal bands and for good reason. As one of the originators of what would be come to known as the gothenburg melodic death... Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Joshua Craig
Like most Swedish melodic death metal groups, Gothenburg's Dark Tranquility have always --and I mean ALWAYS -- had a knack for skillfully balancing heaviness with streaks of... Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by A. Stutheit
I had never liked the kind of metal where the singer screams...like with most death metal. But these guys completely changed my thinking. One of the greatest metal albums ever. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Rudi Anger
I get the impression this band is quite overlooked when compared to some of Gothenburg's other bands, such as In Flames. This particular album is well worth a listen. Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by Jeremy
One of the best metal albums in history! So much passion in the vocals and the rest of the band is unreal. Read morePublished on December 25, 2010 by Pete
-Simply said... Great album.
Atmospheric Melodic Death Metal style on this one.