Dark Tranquillity
Skydancer


4.0
excellent

Review

by DieDead USER (6 Reviews)
September 11th, 2011 | 31 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the first Melodic Death Metal albums, and one of the best.

Dark Tranquility... one of the founders of Melodic Death Metal and one of the greatest Melodic Death Metal bands. Skydancer is definitely a great album. But its also different from there other albums. Even The Gallery. Skydancer has more of a death metal feel to it rather than a melodic death metal feel to it. The vocals are also done by Anders Friden from In Flames, while Mikael Stanne is doing rhythm guitar. So that definitely brings a different feel to it as well.

This album has strange song writing similar to The Red Sky is Ours album from At The Gates. The songs have strange structure. Also a lot of tempo changes like in Nightfall By The Shore Of Time. It can be fast then be slower or a random acoustic guitar section will come in, which is no problem. But it is strange sounding. As i said before this album has more of a Death Metal feel to it, it seems they were going for a more heavy, fast, and brutal sound, rather than focusing on melody. That doesn't mean that you won't find any melodic stuff on this album. Cause you will find melody its just not as melodic as something like The Gallery.

The production of the album is ok. At times you can hear the bass at other times you can't. Its quiet so you have to turn up your volume to listen to it.(Its a lot like Lunar Strain from In Flames) The guitar tone is solid, very raw sounding. The vocals are brutal, Anders Friden does really good on this album. He has this dark screeching scream(Or Growl) that is mostly deep or in the middle range. Never does any real high screams. Mikael Stanne does his clean vocals on some of the songs they are great as well, just as good as they are now.

I want to talk about the two tracks that really shine. The first being A Bolt Of Blazing Gold. A Bolt Of Blazing Gold reminds me of The Gallery. It has a clean guitar intro, then turns heavy and melodic and back to a clean part with Female vocals just like in The Gallery, though i think the ones on The Gallery are better. Its also one of the more catchier melodic songs. Great song 5/5

Now Shadow Duet is just simply heavy, catchy and melodic. It Starts off with this bass and drum intro which will hook you in right away, then the guitar comes in with a more of a melodic riff and slowly progresses on. Also has some interesting vocal work, like Mikaels clean vocals. 4.5/5 I recommend these two songs.

This is a must listen to anyone who listens to Dark Tranquility or death metal. Great Album 4/5

Lineup/
Anders Fridén − vocals
Niklas Sundin − lead guitar
Mikael Stanne − rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Martin Henriksson − bass guitar
Anders Jivarp − drums



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DieDead
September 11th 2011


222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This needed to be reviewed. Hope you like the review.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2011


7122 Comments


And Skydancer is definitely a great album.

No And. Just the first of many, needs editing and some form of proof reading.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2011


16467 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Alone" is easily one of my top 5 favorite dt songs

Eclecticist
September 12th 2011


3863 Comments


There doesn't appear to be any tracks on this album.

AfterTheBreakdown
September 12th 2011


7166 Comments


I'm a fan of this band so i will give it a listen.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2012


50871 Comments


umm 3.5 underrated
has a 3.5 average, and mostly 3.5 ratings

Digging: Bobby Barnett - Little Wounds

KILL
October 13th 2012


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its cool its just the next record is so much better in every way ever

Digging: Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

70sPriestIsBetter
April 29th 2013


1934 Comments


sweet album

ViperAces
May 29th 2013


12485 Comments


crimson winds is so beautiful ~~

Willie
Moderator
May 29th 2013


16128 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

They need to re-record this.

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

ViperAces
May 29th 2013


12485 Comments


production seems fine to me.. did you mean the vox?

70sPriestIsBetter
May 29th 2013


1934 Comments


lol why would they re record this

Dreamflight
May 29th 2013


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

to replace Frieden's growls for Stanne's.

ViperAces
May 29th 2013


12485 Comments


this prob just as good as the gallery

Dreamflight
May 29th 2013


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nah..needs more Edenspring.

ViperAces
May 30th 2013


12485 Comments


you mean more lethe

Dreamflight
May 30th 2013


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah that too.

ViperAces
May 30th 2013


12485 Comments


album is amazing

EvoHavok
June 11th 2013


1476 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds so black metal-ish at times and so unlike later DT. I'm curious how this would turn out with Stanne on lead vocals and a better production.

Digging: Bloodbath - Grand Morbid Funeral

Hawks
September 11th 2013


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally got around to hearing this.



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