Dark Tranquillity - _The Gallery_
by: Adrian Bromley (
If speed metal, death metal, and thrash metal could actually weed itself out and put all of the imitators and rip-off artists into a barrel, I'm pretty sure that this Carcass/Brutal Truth clone band called Dark Tranquility would be in there somewhere. From opening riff of "Punish My Heaven" to closing number "Of Melancholy Burning", Dark Tranquility seem destined to run around in circles with their lackluster performance, not to mention the unoriginal approach and styling of their music. The only moment worthy of praise is the title track due to its use of the soft-spoken, choir-like female vocals overlapping the trudge and ripping chords of their instrumentation. Song after song, the album seems to stray from anything original, and the band paints itself into a corner and must be asking themselves, "Where do we go from here?" Bland and uninspired music with no appeal at all - that is, unless you like to hear someone else's music ripped off over and over again. This one is destined to become the newest addition to the delete bin at your favourite music store.
(article published 2/9/1996)
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