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Dark Tranquillity - Skydancer

1993 Spinefarm Records :: Reviewed by rofreason on 2005-07-02

One of the major players in the "Gothenburg Sound" Dark Tranquillity consistently release intelligent, finely crafted musical artistry. On their first full length release, Dark Tranquillity incorporate melody, operatic themes and huge waves of emotion to form an ocean of sound which swallows the listener whole. While this album may not be as tight as The Gallery, or as focused as The Mind's I, there are moments of unparalled brilliance here. Interestingly, Anders Frieden vocal style on Skydancer is incredibly similar to Mikael Stanne, and his performance on In Flames' Lunar Strain, the subsequent band for Anders. The entire album flows together, almost thematic at times. An excellent first release. A re-issue has the Chaos and Eternal Night E.P. included.