Dark Tranquillity
Zero Distance


3.5
great

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
October 28th, 2012 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: These extras from We Are The Void prove to distance themselves more from Dark Tranquillity's previous LP than the title may suggest

Even two years after its release, We Are The Void is still a puzzling album. It was keyboard-heavy, riff-devoid, and bafflingly boring – all things that aren’t what Dark Tranquillity are known for. Sure, they have used keyboards in a notable capacity for over a decade now, but never before have they overshadowed the very essence of what makes the band so venerable and respected. The stinging is still rather poignant even after all this time, so it is nice to hear what Zero Distance has to offer. An EP of what are essentially b-sides from the We Are The Void sessions, Zero Distance is a release that doesn’t exactly have the highest expectations – if these are tracks that didn’t make the cut on their last LP, which was arguably their weakest release, what hope do they have of being any good? Thankfully – and perhaps finally – we have a set of songs which are all solid in their own right; even a few gems are thrown in the mix that shine more radiantly than nearly anything from We Are The Void.

Not only does Zero Distance attempt to invert the regressions of We Are The Void, it actually progresses in areas that are quite surprising. Aside from the increase in guitar riffing that has been somehow lost over the past two years, there are also shreds of emotion that have really been absent from Dark Tranquillity’s music for years now. “Star of Nothingness” is an instrumental that hearkens back to “The Mind’s Eye” from their third LP, with dissonant guitar melodies wrapping around each other to form a tune that is quite unlike anything the band has done in terms of both mood and pace. Couple that with the heavy-hitter “Out Of Gravity”, which could top any song on We Are The Void besides “Iridium” with amazing ease, and you have not only the return of what Dark Tranquillity do best, but a potential glimpse at what the future may hold. Stanne’s raspy screams are no longer the only thing holding up the music, instead they are joined by guitars, drums, and bass which have actually shown up ready to play. The keyboards still are prominent, but no longer ravage every other instrument before them.

The guitar solo of “To Where Fires Cannot Feed” accents the heavy riffing and simple but well-placed melodies conjured throughout the song’s verses and choruses, while the stunning display unleashed on the bridge and solo of “Out Of Gravity” are the best few minutes I’ve heard out of this band since 2007. The masterful flow and out-of-character technicality are exactly what Dark Tranquillity needed to get things back on track. It is true that “Zero Distance” may take a bit too much out of the book of We Are The Void, but the remaining tracks sound like they were extensions to Fiction, which is nothing worth complaining about. Dark Tranquillity are one of those bands that age well, and I think it is safe to assume that We Are The Void was only a hiccup that will be remedied given time. With new material in the works, these legends of melodic death metal have to show that they are able to take one on the chin and keep going strong. If Zero Distance is anything to go by, fans should sleep easy at night knowing that Dark Tranquillity aren’t going anywhere.




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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2012


16654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Out of Gravity" is so fucking good

Digging: Drudkh - Microcosmos

ViperAces
October 28th 2012


12510 Comments


No it actually sucks pretty bad.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2012


16654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You're right I changed my mind

ViperAces
October 28th 2012


12510 Comments


I also think that the album decreased in the guitar-riffing area, where the band obv improved 2 years ago, and DT also lost the shreds of emotions they def had for the last years.

HSThomas
October 28th 2012


668 Comments


So did Schuldiner in his later years but nobody complained.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2012


20285 Comments


cool band i'll listen later

Digging: Daisyhead - The Smallest Light

FrozenVain
October 28th 2012


2542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What a boring EP this is...Kudos for reviewing it though.

controlled
October 28th 2012


532 Comments


the band is done playing jokes on the musical world or?

Digging: Imprecation - Theurgia Goetia Summa

ArcLite
October 28th 2012


7 Comments


"So did Schuldiner in his later years but nobody complained."

Nobody complained because this is 100% false. You've never heard The Sound Of Perseverance if you think it's devoid of emotion, or riffs for that matter. Not sure which you were referring to, maybe both.

Darkwatch025
October 28th 2012


197 Comments


You must be fucking deaf. We are the Void was fucking awesome to my ears. These b-sides are great also.

FictionalFlames
October 28th 2012


1528 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

didn't this ep come out in March?

FictionalFlames
October 28th 2012


1528 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Dark_Tranquillity/Zero_Distance_EP/335442





March 5, 2012

BlueW
October 28th 2012


2141 Comments


obzen album art much? these swedes are so original

FictionalFlames
October 28th 2012


1528 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

now that you mention it....







holy shit

Dreamflight
October 28th 2012


1760 Comments


Wow, didn't know this was coming out.

Amazing review as always.

"Not only does Zero Distance attempt to invert the regressions of We Are The Void, it actually progresses in areas that are quite surprising."

This hooked me up right away.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2012


16654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was released in North America just this week. It came out in Europe earlier this year.



You must be fucking deaf. We are the Void was fucking awesome to my ears.




Right. Your ears must have heard more riffs than mine because I heard very few worth remembering.

XingKing
October 28th 2012


11090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

These guys don't know a thing about good album artwork. Thankfully, the music shares nothing with it.



These were bonus tracks off of Void, so nothing new really. They suck almost as much as that album too. Good review regardless.

XingKing
October 28th 2012


11090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Release something the moment the prior release has had enough time to just barely wear off and be forgotten.

FictionalFlames
October 28th 2012


1528 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"wonder what the strategy is in spreading release dates so far apart"





Swallow the Sun just released their new album in N.A. in September, but yet it's been out since February.

XingKing
October 28th 2012


11090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh snap, I just realized what you meant. I'm retarded, my b.



What's strange is how certain countries won't get movies until the film is already on dvd in the US.



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