|Gothenburg, Melodic Death Metal
Century Media Records
March 9th, 2010
Release length: 47:42
Review updated on March 20th, 2012
The material on here really does sound more solid then Fiction, and is far more enjoyable. The problem is that the album still sounds like the band is stuck in writing mode from their Character album. The entire start of the album holds a very tight grip on that sound “Shadow in Our Blood” to “In My Absence”, all not bad songs but nothing we haven’t heard already. It’s the tracks that seem to step outside the highly restrictive box and usher in a breath of change that really make the album shine through. While tracks like “The Grandest Accusation” aren’t always a dramatic step away from the already established melancholic keyboard driven sound that has become the band’s signature, with the exceptions being “Her Silent Language” and “Iridium” of course, they offer a new take on that sound that does benefit the final product.
As mentioned, “The Grandest Accusation” that breaks the mold here by being a much slower track that does have it’s moments that delve back to the band’s staple sound, but it’s the more mellow keyboard moments that act almost as if moments of reflection that really do push the song forward and show it to be something rather different. “Her Silent Language” is one of two tracks on here that really just stand out on their own. This track is a much more gothic sounding track compared to the rest, not necessarily harbing a melancholic feel but a rather dark and somewhat beautiful feel to it that utilizes clean singing that would be on par with various clean singing acts like H.I.M., while the other, “Arkhangelsk”, really just focuses on being heavy instead of catchy melodic, with the only exception really coming in prior to the guitar solo.
These two also seem to bring in some of the sound from Dark Tranquillity‘s past, as well as is where the album starts to take a twist musically and is far more enjoyable then it’s start. While it isn’t too obvious when you hit “Her Silent Language”, it does become growingly obvious the more your progress through the songs. The closing of We Are The Void almost feels like a challenge to the band to see if they could go into a new direction, and how well the fans would accept it. “Iridium” is perhaps the biggest challenge yet, consisting again of clean singing, and coming off as the band’s attempt to create a very epic track through combining “Her Silent Language” with “The Grandest Accusation”. While the song does start off rough, in the end it’s obvious the band does what they set out to do, and really just seems to embrace you for what things could be like for future releases.
Into The Void is also available as a limited deluxe edition, which is just fancy talk for “digipack”. While the packaging itself is nice but nothing too stand out, it also includes a bonus DVD, as well as two bonus tracks. The first of the two is a simple instrumental called “Star of Nothingness” which is an instrumental that sounds as if they just put what they recorded onto the album in reverse. This little segway track works well to set up the second bonus track, “To Where Fires Cannot Feed”, which was clearly omitted from the standard pressing to sell copies of this version as it is easily one of the best tracks recorded for this album. It’s only drawback is the rather slow-paced, almost Progressive Metal guitar solo that feels a bit drawn out. However, here’s the problem I have encountered: The bonus DVD included was blank! That’s right, there’s nothing at all on the bonus DVD! One could say it is just the player, but after testing the disc in five different players, and examining it through a computer, it’s obvious there is nothing on the disc itself. Sadly, this greatly impacts the score of this release.
If the band had sat down and created more tracks that stood out on this release like “Her Silent Language” and “Arkhangelsk” this album would have been a whole other monster entirely. Outside of the closing tracks that are very promising and the most enjoyable aspect of We Are The Void, you are given more staple songs with solid musicianship that create an album that fans of Dark Tranquillity will simply eat up. Hopefully the more experimental tracks on here will be accepted well enough to prompt the band to consider heading in other directions once more on future releases, so for now we shall sit and wait while examining the moments on here that defy the Character formula and imagine what could have been, and what possibly could be. And, as far as this deluxe edition goes, unless you happen to find this release for the same price as the standard version, or cheaper which was what happened in my case, or just don’t care about the bonus material on that DVD, it’s worth picking up for the bonus tracks on the CD and taking the risk you’ll get a blank DVD.
01. Shadow in Our Blood – 3:46
02. Dream Oblivion – 3:48
03. The Fatalist – 4:32
04. In My Absence – 4:47
05. The Grandest Accusation – 4:55
06. At the Point of Ignition – 3:52
07. Her Silent Language – 3:33
08. Arkhangelsk – 3:56
09. I Am the Void – 4:00
10. Surface the Infinite – 3:50
11. Iridium – 6:43
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|Initial Score: 4/10
Deluxe Edition Score: 4.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Century Media Records
Physical review copy of Deluxe Edition provided by personal funds.