Dark Tranquillity: Projector (2009 Reissue)

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Dark Tranquillity: Projector (2009 Reissue)
Gothenburg, Melodic Death Metal
Century Media Records
June 21st, 1999 / July 24th, 2009
Release length: 50:50
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Projector, who could forget this classic album that turned many fans away from the Dark Tranquillity? Following up from the tenacity that was The Mind’s I, Projector was a more somber, experimental album that contained the really heavy aspects the band has produced in the past, as well as a more gloomy, ballad-esque atmosphere with clean singing. While this is a dramatic change, it doesn’t necessarily make this album as bad as many people claim it to be.

While the clean singing isn’t the greatest out there, it still helps the depressing sound that the band is trying to create on this album. Don’t let “FreeCard” and “ThereIn” fool you, while they seem to be really heavy tracks with clean singing utilized mostly in the chorus, the music on Project starts to slow down, and the singing becomes more abudnant. “Auctioned” is about the point of the album where the music really changes up, as this track is flat out ballad track, which is a good acoustic track, but also utilizes electric guitars for the chorus and a solo. While this song is perhaps the worst off the album, as the vocals will get a little annoying with how overly dramatic they are at times, the music picks up once again for “To A Bitter Halt”, which is just a little hard to get into at first, sadly, but has a great guitar solo. It’s about this time the album becomes more experimental then “Auctioned” was.

The music that follows after “To A Bitter Halt” is great, but very different in comparison. “The Sun Fired Blanks” is a masterpiece of the band blending their heavier Gothenburg sound with this rather gloomy rock feel, but it isn’t until “Nether Novas” kicks in, and the rather fast paced harsh vocals break the repetative vocal structure of the album, and the last three tracks really seem to shake up the repetative song structure of the album, and really shine compared to the material mid-album, sounding as if the band really focused on the closing of the album and worked to make the music very tight.


This reissue is a nice piece to have, as it includes the original album remastered, as well as four bonus tracks. While two of these bonus tracks are already available on Exposures – In Retrospect And Denial (“No One” and “Exposure”), the track “Asleep In The Bandaged Light” has not been release prior to this reissue of Projector. If you really dig the keyboard usage in Dark Tranquillity‘s music, this keyboard only instrumental track is actually well done, giving off a bit of a dark, screwed up fantastical world feel. “ThereIn (Live)”, however, is simply a track to promote the release of the band’s upcoming DVD Where Death Is Most Alive and is nothing really that special, but is a nice live recording none the less.


All in all, Project really isn’t that bad a release. Granted some songs are mediocre and others are pretty much perfection and really show the start of the progression to the likes of Character, it’s a nice experiment that clearly helps shape Dark Tranquillity into what we have today. While this may not be their best effort, it’s a great album to just kick back and enjoy on those days where you’re sick of everything sounding the same and would like something just a little different, or a little lighter. If you don’t own it, now is the perfect time to make Projector a part of your metal collection.

Initial Pressing:
01. FreeCard – 4:34
02. ThereIn – 5:57
03. Undo Control – 5:13
04. Auctioned – 6:09
05. To A Bitter Halt – 4:51
06. The Sun Fired Blanks – 4:19
07. Nether Novas – 6:16
08. Day To End – 3:10
09. Dobermann – 4:41
10. On Your Time – 5:40

2009 Reissue:
11. Asleep In The Bandaged Light (Bonus Track) – 3:20
12. No One (Bonus Track) – 4:40
13. Exposure (Bonus Track) – 3:51
14. ThereIn (Live) (Bonus Track) – 6:11

Initial Pressing: 5.5/10

2009 Reissue: 6/10
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Dark Tranquillity (logo)Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.