Dark Tranquillity – We Are the Void
Written by Niek of Deathmetalbaboon.com
We Are the Void is already the ninth album of these fathers of Swedish melodeath, a.k.a. the Gothenburn style. Their previous one was Fiction and was released in 2007. We Are the Void has been baptized to be the second part of a duology in which Fiction was part 1. And what do you get with sequels?
Yep, more of the same, usually not as well performed either (Terminator 2 being the exception). Thus, if you liked Fiction, don’t buy this one and keep your memories pure. If you’re a diehard Dark Tranquillity fan, then you surely will buy this album. The key then is to employ it for the right moods. This is no stuff for when you’re in the good mood, because it’ll slow you down. Instead, play this when your cat just got mangled by an SUV or something.
The piano parts on this album don’t add much in terms of emotion. It’s all very flat and simplistic, as if it were a rhythm guitar. Waste of a good piano, because a whole lot could have been achieved with it on this album. The music lends itself well for that.
Still, there are a few enjoyable tracks on the record. Tune in to Dream Oblivion, Iridium and Star of Nothingness and you’ll have the best songs of the album in your ears. The rest is pretty much void.
My favorite tracks: Dream Oblivion and Iridium.