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Damage Done

4.7 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

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2002 release on Century Media includes the bonus track 'I, Deception' and the CD-Rom video for 'Monochromatic Stains'.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Final Resistance
  2. Hours Passed In Exile
  3. Monochromatic Stains
  4. Single Part Of Two
  5. The Treason Wall
  6. Format C: For Cortex
  7. Damage Done
  8. Cathode Ray Sunshine
  9. The Enemy
  10. White Noise/Black Silence
  11. Ex Nihilo
  12. Bonus Track 1

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B00006FIAX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Sweden's dense roster of metal bands have been unleashing some of the best metal in the world for years now, and this year is no exception. Along with Soilwork's _Natural Born Chaos_, 2002 has another stunning release - Dark Tranquillity's _Damage Done_. Even with a cursory listen, being impressed is unavoidable. Dark Tranquillity's musical fettle has always placed them at the forefront of the Swedish metal movement, and this release promises to put some distance between them and their worthy peers.
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.
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A mere week after its release, "Damage Done" has already assumed a prominent spot among my favorites of the new millenium. Simply put, it's an outstanding synthesis of what's come before, showing influences of classic metal, prog metal, thrash, and death metal. The playing is extremely tight, and a diversity of sounds and frequent time changes keeps things from ever getting boring. If this is a direction that metal will be going in in coming years, I'll be pretty damn happy.
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.
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By A Customer on April 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Back in 1999, Sweden's Dark Tranquillity released "Projector" to much critical acclaim and was rewarded with a Swedish Grammy nomination. Dark Tranquillity had always been a leader in the Gothenburg metal scene, but fans were spurned by the change in style seen on "Projector": the clean singing, the greater presence of female vocals and electronic/piano parts. 2000 saw the band release "Haven," which was better received, but still not satisfying to the die hard fans, as the clean singing and a lot more electronics were still present.
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.
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By A Customer on December 11, 2002
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I've been a metal fan since the early 80's. Starting about 1990, I decided it was essential to have a "Metal Rescue Disk" (a tape at the time, but now a disk) on hand at all times.
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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