Dark Tranquillity - _Exposures: In Retrospect and Denial _
(Century Media, 2004)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
_E:IRaD_ is a double CD set celebrating some fifteen years of existence, and is composed of rare songs and a live concert, split between disc one and disc two respectively. The live concert is the same one that was recorded in Poland for the _Live Damage_ DVD, and is more than adequately covered in an earlier review of the DVD -- therefore I will not waste time on the live disc and will focus exclusively on the rarities disc. The rarities disc can be divided into two sections: the first section is composed primarily of unreleased songs from the recording sessions for the last three studio albums, while the second section consists of the entire _Trail of Life Decayed_ and _A Moonclad Reflection_ demos -- both remastered.

The rarities are a rather mixed bag -- they are, after all, songs rejected for inclusion on a full-length for some or other reason. Of much greater interest are the _Trail of life Decayed_ and _A Moonclad Reflection_ EPs. Both were extremely limited releases on vinyl, and these re-mastered versions are the first time that they have been committed to plastic. These tracks are pretty good, but inferior to just about every song on _Skydancer_. Nonetheless, I'm surprised that they weren't used on _Skydancer_ or included as bonus tracks somewhere before now, as they are nowhere near that bad. Judging from the track list, there appear to be no songs which gained a limited release in-between the demos and _Projector_; it is a significant gap, covering what many regard as their golden period. It's hard to believe that there are no demos, rehearsals or covers from this period which could have been included.

I realise that considerably little has been said about the music in this review. But when a compilation of this nature is concerned, it is largely the nature, not the quality of the songs included that is of primary importance; unlike similar commemorative releases from My Dying Bride and Darkthrone, this CD set contains absolutely zero widely available songs and that counts for a lot in my book.

Contact: http://www.darktranquillity.com

(article published 29/11/2004)


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