Hey it's The Asian Invasion here with name change and all, here I am to review another album.
When I first learned of this assignment, I was a tad hesitant because their last few albums just didn’t do it for me.
Dark Tranquility is set to release their next full length entitled "Construct". Everything in the last 15 years they have released has stayed very riff driven with guitar arpeggios and harmonic melodies.
This album does have the trademark stamp of DT but it is probably the most experimental and diverse album they've released since 1999's "Projector". I must say delving deep into what they think their capable of, "Construct" really hits it out of the park. Sometimes change is good and this definitely adheres to that rule.
These boys have been a staple of the Gothenburg melodic death metal scene for the better part of twenty years and I haven't heard ten sharper compositions together like this in a long time. Acclaimed producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator etc) lends his superb mixing skills to quite possibly the best Dark Tranquility album in the catalog.
Mikael Stanne's vocals are fantastic through and through. They go from killer death metal growl to beautiful angelic singing voice at the drop of a hat. Tracks like "Apathetic", "For Broken Words" and "Weight of The End" give us those heavy riffs and the snarling we know and love but "State of Trust" shows just how impressive the vocal range is. "Uniformity" is a particular standout as it shifts seamlessly with the different vocal tactics.
Martin Henriksson pulled double duty as he handled the bass and guitar passages. Former bassist,Daniel Antonsson, amicably left the group citing a desire to work on guitar playing, recording and producing. That left the door open for Martin to step in and step up on bass. The final product on both instruments are stupendous as he really makes it obvious he is a jack of all trades. Once again "Apathetic" slays in the catchy riff and heaviness department. Although, he is a guitar player at heart so it'll be interesting to see who they get to tour with them and play the proverbial four string.
The composing process changed for this album as the duties were taken from the jam space to the recording studio. Recent efforts have taken quite a long time due to the old habits and the new way of going about this shows, as it is very polished and I'm sure was a lot less stressful on them to record in a decent time frame.
More and more, every single day, I find myself enjoying all sorts of death metal. If excellent albums like Dark Tranquility's "Construct" keep dropping, I might have to hang up my thrash metal skates and put on the deadly stuff.