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Dark Tranquillity: Damage Done (2009 Reissue)
Gothenburg, Melodic Death Metal
Century Media Records
July 22nd, 2002 / July 24th, 2009
Release length: 47:29
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The third of three 2009 reissues of the mid-career material by Dark Tranquillity, Damage Done is perhaps one of the most pivotol of releases. After two experimental albums (Projector and Haven), the band released the album Damage Done, which took the metal fans by storm, and still does today. But, once again, many of the elitist metal fans still knock this album.

While it’s true that this release doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, the music on Damage Done clearly has more energy behind it then on previous releases, and is much tighter too. The band has ditched much of the simpler music for much of the release, and aims for a heavier, somewhat complex musical style. They still continue to incorporate keyboards into every song, and nothing much has changed outside of the chords are just a little more complex and there’s more keyboard activity, period. While that may not sound like anything promising, from the start of the album you’ll see it was a change clearly for the better, as you’ll be swept up by the openner “Final Resistance”, the album’s epic single “Monochromatic Stains”, and even “Single Part Of Two”.

There isn’t anything to really say negatively about this album. The only real things that could be mentioned is that sometimes the bass drums seem to be a bit too low compared to the cymbols. The title track, “Damage Done” may get old after a few listens, but that’s only because it’s one of the band’s more creative tracks on here, like “Single Part Of Two”, just a bit toned down. The same can be said for “The Enemy”, except the song may not hit you at first listen instead of just getting old the more you listen to it. After a few spins, you’ll actually appreciate the song for what it is, but, even then it’ll still feel like a bit of a filler track.


Again, the audio on this release is superb thanks to the digital remastering, and is definitely a nice upgrade to the original, even though the original’s audio wasn’t that bad to begin with. “I, Deception” is a nice bonus track for those who didn’t pick up the first printing of this album, and, of course, “Static” and “The Poison Well” can also be found on Exposures – In Retrospect And Denial, so if you’re looking at this, or any of the other three reissues for their bonus tracks, don’t bother. And, again, the final bonus track is a live version of “The Treason Wall”, which is taken from the upcoming Where Death Is Most Alive DVD.


So if you don’t have Damage Done already in your collection, then what are you waiting for? One of the most important releases for Dark Tranquillity, it sports an insane amount of catchy songs, as well as a few that could be considered filler. Of course, the reissue is a great upgrade, but the quality on the first pressing wasn’t really too bad in the first place, plus that pressing also came with the only bonus track on here that matters. Either way you go with the reissue, Damage Done is still an impeccable album with a lot of potential for a masterpiece future album shown here.

Initial Pressing:
01. Final Resistance – 3:01
02. Hours Passed In Exile – 4:45
03. Monochromatic Stains – 3:38
04. Single Part Of Two – 3:52
05. The Treason Wall – 3:30
06. Format C: For Cortex – 4:30
07. Damage Done – 3:28
08. Cathode Raw Sunshine – 4:14
09. The Enemy – 3:56
10. White Noise/Black Silence – 4:09
11. Ex Nihilo – 4:31

2009 Reissue:
12. I, Deception (Bonus Track) – 3:55
13. Static (Bonus Track) – 4:40
14. The Poison Well (Bonus Track) – 4:06
15. The Treason Wall (Live) (Bonus Track) – 3:56

Initial Pressing: 8.5/10

2009 Reissue: 9/10
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Dark Tranquillity (logo)Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.