Album 0253: Dark Tranquillity – Character


Release Date: 2005
Genre: Melodic Death Metal


1. The New Build (04:06)
2. Through Smudged Lenses (04:12)
3. Out Of Nothing (03:52)
4. The Endless Feed (04:44)
5. Lost To Apathy (04:37)
6. Mind Matters (03:30)
7. One Thought (04:07)
8. Dry Run (04:07)
9. Am I 1? (04:29)
10. Senses Tied (04:03)
11. My Negation (06:29)

Total Length: 48:15

The New Build starts off with a drum fill which is kind of a pet peeve of mine, but the song itself is pretty great. I love this band’s riff style (yes I realize that they are not unique in this respect) and the use of keyboards is neat as well. The vocals sound great, it’s a great texture if I can describe it as that. Through Smudged Lenses was actually one of my favorites from this album the first time I heard it. Now I realize that it’s a pretty basic but enjoyable track.

Out Of Nothing is great, especially during the bridge. The keyboards on it are neat and the vocals are fierce. The Endless Feed is a slight change of pace, it’s different enough and really cool. The breakdown in the middle is pretty cool, it’s a good song overall. Lost To Apathy is a pretty enormous song. It’s easy to hear why it got picked as a single. Mind Matters has a neat bridge in it, and the chorus sticks with me. One Thought could be considered more of the same at this point but it is still worth listening to.

Dry Run is a very cool song as well. This whole album is very consistent. I just can’t quite wrap my head around Am I 1? for some reason. It might be the samey thing popping up, but once the song is over I can’t remember much about it. Senses Tied kind of has the same issue, but it is a good track. The only song to really compare to track five is My Negation. It has a decent intro, and the transition into the main song is disorienting but great at the same time. The last couple minutes kind of meander but in a good way, ending with the main melody dwindling down. There are issues on this album, but overall it’s definitely solid and worth your time.

Final Rating: 8/10


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