One of the perks of being a Metal DJ is getting to listen to records before their release. And when the album is as good as We Are the Void it makes me quite compelled to tell everybody just how good it is, as soon as I heard it a week or so ago I pre ordered it and now im just waiting for tour dates to be announced.
We Are the Void is Dark Tranquillitys ninth studio album and at the risk of sounding cliche it really does sound like an amalgamation of all their work to date. All of their previous records are apparent within the songs on this album from debut Skydancer to latest Fiction. The album sounds like archetypical Dark Tranquillity whilst still bringing something new to the mix. Nowhere is this more apparent on Dream Oblivion which follows pounding opener Shadow in Our Blood which sounds like it could have come from their last album Fiction, I cant really describe the sound of Dream Oblivion, its atmospheric and crushing and slightly gothic (in ambience not musical aspect) sounding I guess, its definitely a riff to remember but you would probably have to hear it to understand. Put it this way, its sure to be a live favourite and its not even my favourite track on the album.
The quality on We Are the Void is evident throughout with tracks like The Fatalist sounding like it could have come off the commercial sounding Damage Done and At the Point of Ignition being a particular highlight. However the album really comes into its own in its latter half, saving the best for last. This is indicated no better than in Her Silent Language, sounding like Haven or Projector Dark Tranquillity and sure to please fans of this period of their career. Stannes clean vocals really lift this song up and some excellent keyboard work makes this a real stand out song and a good mid point for the album, Arkhangelsk is of a similar vein but features an truly outstanding guitar solo and I am the Void is probably the most commercial song on the album, its sing along chorus marking it out for the live set. However the true masterpiece on this record is Iridium, one of those songs that you wish would repeat the chorus one more time. The verse is mostly spoken, again the clean vocals harking back to Haven or Projector. When the chorus kicks in it evokes a semi black metal ambience and reminds me of the bands first studio album Skydancer, bringing the album truly full circle.