Dark Tranquillity
Construct


4.5
superb

Review

by King Henry VIII USER (63 Reviews)
June 4th, 2013 | 25 replies | 2,788 views


Release Date: 05/27/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The construction of a new era.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

To fully understand and appreciate Dark Tranquillity is to understand their evolution as a band. It is indisputable that the 'classic' era of Dark Tranquillity is from Skydancer to The Mind's, I. An era that is riddled with spectacular guitar melodies and riffs, acoustic passages, poetic lyrics, fierce vocals that have merit, drumming that is centered on innovation rather than being a background metronome (Lars Ulrich and Ringo style). There are too many positive things to say about Dark Tranquillity’s ‘classic’ era. However, they step out of their comfort zone and tackle a new monster in the second era of Dark Tranquillity with Projector and Haven. A monster that Construct echoes, and arguably amplifies. It’s true that this monster wasn’t perceived with open arms right off the bat. In fact, it had quite a bit of negative reactions from reviewers and fans alike - something Dark Tranquillity is not accustomed too – but it’s safe to say that Projector and Haven have been gaining quite a bit of respect over the years from previous past ills. Now it’s not uncommon to hear someone say that Projector is genius; an underrated classic. Afterwards we see Dark Tranquillity shed its skin just like a snake. Damage Done, Character, and Fiction stand side-by-side with the ‘classic’ era as “Part 2 – Modern Day Classics”.

In 2010, We Are The Void is and was the first of many leaps, rather than steps, into uncharted territory. By doing so, they released their most criticized album to date. However, We Are The Void, just like Projector, is strange and criticized heavily, but there is a good chance that it will be looked upon with positive opinions later on. Who knows? Life is always full of surprises. But it is important to look back on We Are The Void to fully understand the direction and ambition Dark Tranquillity is trying to grasp. That ambition and direction is hardly seen consistently in every other album prior to 2010 with the exception of Projector, and it’s atmosphere. It’s all about the atmosphere: dark, haunting, sporadic, ire filled, melancholic - if there’s anything else you can petition by all means fill it in - but that is the general direction they’ve been pursuing. Once listening and understanding the direction Dark Tranquillity is pursuing it becomes evident that Construct fits the album perfectly.

From the very start of Construct Dark Tranquillity unleashes the beast with full force on “For Broken Words”. This song sets up the precedent of what to expect from the rest of the album: melodic guitars (something to expect), slightly disturbing lyrics (matter of opinion, still cool though), progressive elements, and a solo section that focuses on emotions rather than shred (something Dark Tranquillity has always been none for), and most importantly an odd song structure. The follow up,”The Science of Noise”, plays it safe but maintains the quality of enjoyment with “classic modern day” elements [Dark Tranquility elements], which makes it look like a song that could have been seen in 2002-2007. Other songs that follow in the same footpath of “The Science of Noise” are “Endtime Hearts”, “The Silence In Between”, and “Apathetic”. However, “Apathetic” is a thrash-esque song that has a straightforward structure, and “Endtime Hearts” is just a flat out strange song… but it’s amazing though… It has everything: the rage from Stanne, the quasi-pop chorus, the haunting pre-chorus, and a spectacular solo.

Another interesting region that Construct showcases are the 3 songs that amplify and echo Projector: “State of Trust”, “Uniformity”, and “What Only You Know”. “What Only You Know” and “State of Trust” grasps the concept of inner struggles in oneself; however, both songs can be accused of being carbon copies of each other. Despite this, there is reason to detest that claim for each song is different and unique in tempo, mood, and atmosphere (melancholic), but the vocals are structured the same (verse = clean, chorus = harsh). As for “Uniformity”, it’s probably without a doubt the most difficult song to get into, mainly because of the its lethargic mood, repetitive guitar denouement, and the drum solo. It’s an odd song, but any listener should give it time to grow on oneself.

In the past few albums, Dark Tranquillity has always concluded with a dark, atmospheric song. In Construct they deliver with just that, and more. Just like “Uniformity”, “None Becoming” requires a great deal of listens to fully appreciate, that difficulty was also seen in We Are The Void’s “Iridium”, but not in Fiction’s “The Mundane And The Magic”. “None Becoming” isn’t exactly a spectacular song based off of the first listen and there’s nothing flashy about the song either. As I said before, one needs to give it time. In addition, Dark Tranquillity gives more to the listeners (who bothered with the bonus tracks). “Immemorial” could have easily taken the spot of “None Becoming” as being the denouement of the album. There is vast wonder as to why it wasn’t included on the album, for it stands as one of the strongest efforts on Construct. Lastly, there is “Photon Dreams”. A song that is structured with nothing but dissonance. It’s a shame actually, one can only wonder if they [the band members] could have expanded the song into some gem. Alas, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that the dissonance limits the song writing process.

In conclusion, Construct has a great deal of things to offer. Whether it is in your face thrash (Apathetic), Gothic melancholy (State of Trust, What Only You Know), or even instant hits (The Science of Noise, Endtime Hearts); Construct has it all. Even if you may not be a fan of the entire album, there is however, at least one song everyone can enjoy. In addition, we should not ignore the progress of Dark Tranquillity’s pursuit. We Are The Void and Construct are very similar when it comes to the general direction of experimenting with atmosphere, however, Construct perfects what We Are the Void failed to accomplish despite the mash-up of the different types of songs (thrash, gothic). Construct is just the construction of a new era in Dark Tranquillity’s career, and it is nowhere as bleak as it was in 2010, rather it’s anticipated with hope and excitement.

As a side note: We Are The Void would’ve been better if they didn’t write so many songs and just focused on improving/lengthening the guitar leads along with other melodies.

Recommended Tracks:
The Science of Noise
Apathetic
Endtime Hearts
State of Trust
Immemorial
The Silence In Between



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FictionalFlames
June 4th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Solid 4.3

First review in a while, hope you guys like it!

Tell me if there's something that needs to be fixed.

EvoHavok
June 4th 2013



1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All those 3.5 reviews were getting stale. Nice job!

FictionalFlames
June 4th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks man!

FictionalFlames
June 4th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol it's all about opinion, it just clicked with me that's all

EvoHavok
June 4th 2013



1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It has such a cool vibe that the others don't.

FictionalFlames
June 4th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not really. New Megadeth sucks a splintered-wooden cock.

EvoHavok
June 4th 2013



1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't even hear that. Dunno if I should haha.

FictionalFlames
June 4th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's almost like LuLu bad.

EvoHavok
June 4th 2013



1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I highly doubt that. Not much can get worse than that turd or at least close to it.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2013



19674 Comments


i think i like this better than new children of bodom but not a 4.5

FictionalFlames
June 4th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm sorry I actually meant the vocals are Lulu bad.

EvoHavok
June 4th 2013



1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, that should be... quite intriguing.
I think I prefer the CoB album over this, but I'm a CoB fanboy, anyway.

FictionalFlames
June 4th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They're getting better, but I prefer this over Halo of Blood. It's actually surprising how good they got for a rebound effort.

KILL
June 4th 2013



71566 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

p gd

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

FictionalFlames
June 4th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

KILL I fail to understand your hip Internet lingo :{

FrozenVain
June 5th 2013



2412 Comments


Very good review, man! I agree with EvoHavok as well. It's nice to see a really high rated review for this. I can't say if I disagree or agree with your review just yet but I will fully listen to this in time. The things I have heard so far sounds great.

"I think I prefer the CoB album over this, but I'm a CoB fanboy, anyway."
Not as big as me.

FictionalFlames
June 5th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks man!

Pebster49
June 6th 2013



2991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is an album that gets better after repeated plays. I'm in between a 4.0 and 4.5

CK
June 6th 2013



4910 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

KILL I fail to understand your hip Internet lingo :{


It's not internet lingo, he's mentally retarded. And I think you may have offended him so please apologize

FrozenVain
June 6th 2013



2412 Comments


haha



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