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Twenty years since Dark Tranquillity burst onto the metal scene with ”Skydancer”, the Gothenburg quintet prepares to release studio album number ten. ”Construct” is the sound of perseverance. It’s also proof of the band’s ability to reinvent itself and stay relevant. This record is quintessential Dark Tranquillity while giving a fresh spin to the trademark ... Read more in Amazon's Dark Tranquillity Store

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  • Audio CD (27 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B00C7TMQXG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. For Broken Words
2. The Science Of Noise
3. Uniformity
4. The Silence In Between
5. Apathetic
6. What Only You Know
7. Endtime Hearts
8. State Of Trust
9. Weight Of the End
10. None Becoming
Disc: 2
1. Immemorial
2. Photon Dreams (instrumental)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Davies on 6 Jun 2013
Format: Audio CD
I must admit that we are the void nullified anticipation for the new DT album, however within the first few minutes it was proved to be incorrect.
Its been described as the most innovative DT album yet but in my opinion it is simply an elaboration on many previously brilliant, landmark albums. Listen to the science of noise and it could perfectly fit in with Damage Done; Uniformity on the other hand suits Haven with atmospheric keyboard moments, the list goes on.
The album has many great moments and thus far Id say its the best album Ive heard in 2013, surprising really considering that I expected mediocre at best, it really is a combination of Dark Tranquillities best moments: great, epic melodeath riffs, raspy vocals (which I highlight are exceptional even for someone like Michael Stanne), fantastic lyrics, good bass and drums.
Its just a well thought out album that I havent been able to stop listening to ...so give it a go and enjoy!
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By bullet45 on 10 Dec 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
superd album.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L.P. on 6 Jun 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This review is not about how good the songs are on the album (they are!). It's about the concept of the Limited Edition. It's a reminder and a warning to people who, like me, instantly buy the limited edition album of their favourite bands.

I must say that the contents of this limited edition are clearly stated in the product description on this page, and that if I had read it carefully I would not have bought it.

First of all. When I opened the amazon package I was pleased with the sturdy carton box which contains the CD's. Nice design, great artwork, overall well developed whith an eye to details.

Maybe I'm nitpicking here, the consequence of this design is that the album does not fit inside a standard CD rack. It's not just one milimeter, the box is almost 2 cm's taller then any other CD casing.

But this is not the main reason why I don't like this Limited Edition. It's the bonus content which is a letdown. Previous limited editions had at least the bonus tracks on the main disc and an extra DVD with a documentary and video's of concerts. This one doesn't have all that. There are just 2 bonus tracks. And they've put them on a _separate_ disc. I find that really bothersome, just to have to swap a disc for only two more songs.

For almost £4 extra, I think they could and should have put more effort in this.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lis on 2 Aug 2014
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Dark Tranquility continues to cultivate its signature sound on Construct 28 May 2013
By Brian E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Of all the virtues possessed by melodeath bands, a long shelf life isn't often one of them. For most bands it plays out one of two ways: either they stick to their guns and become derivative, or they discard their entire core philosophy in favor of jumping on trends, often burying the ideas that led them to prominence in the first place.

Swedish Gothenburg/melodeath godfathers Dark Tranquility have flirted with both outcomes at times, but they remain among the best of the bunch due to their dedication to a shared vision, and their consistency in executing it. Their 10th full length, Construct, doesn't change the blueprint much and generally consists of slower paced to mid tempo crunchers, but the band does their damage in enough ways to keep things varied and maintain your attention. One of the key themes is an expanded emphasis on the airy, atmospheric side of their sound. "Uniformity" is laden with excellent keyboard work from Martin Brändström and benefits from Mikael Stanne's impeccable baritone vocals. It lends of sense of stoic grandeur to the track, while sounding like their take on Katatonia's patented brand of atmospheric metal.

Speaking of which, "State of Trust" is dominated by clean vocals that very much capture the vibe championed by Katatonia frontman Jonas Renske, or perhaps Steven Wilson. It certainly stands out within their recent catalog. But of course, melodic metal has always been the band's forte, and yet again they do not disappoint. "The Science of Noise" boasts a downright catchy chorus which is followed up with some great winding melodic guitar passages; if this isn't the album's best track it's certainly one of the top two or three. "Endtime Hearts," with its twinkling keyboards and driving guitar passages, is reminiscent of Children of Bodom song, while "Weight of the End" boasts some of the album's best headbanging sections.

However, those looking for something fast and visceral would be advised to look elsewhere. "Apathetic" is one of the fastest and most aggressive songs the band has penned since 2005's ultra aggressive Character. It's anchored by Anders Jivarp's pounding drums and a kickass solo, but unfortunately it's the only real screamer Construct has to offer. The only song that noticeably falls flat, curiously enough, is the opener "For Broken Words." It does feature a nice verse riff from guitarists Niklas Sundin and Martin Henriksson, but its attempts to focus on atmosphere are somewhat awkward. It features several passages consisting mostly of just the bass, drums and vocals, but it's too slow to develop, and feels entirely too tepid and unsure of itself. As for the bonus tracks, "Immemorial" serves up more catchy metal while proving the band still has some grit, while instrumental closer "Photon Dreams" feels like it should have been a little more fleshed out.

As always, the instrumentation is first rate. There's not much about any of the individual performances that really grab your attention -- rather, the focus is on demonstrating how each part of the whole works together as one cohesive unit. Stanne's vocals are full of their trademark bubbling, sneering wrath, and he has shown great improvement in his clean vocals. The lyrics, meanwhile, are typically glum and moody, delivering a darker undertone to the project as a whole.

Anyone familiar with the band's output following their 2002 album Damage Done won't find any major breakthrough or revelation here, although Construct does come at a pivotal time in the band's career. It sees them picking themselves up and re-energizing following 2010's We Are the Void, which notably lacked punch and seemed to be the first major sign of lethargy and monotony setting in.

Dark Tranquility have managed to adjust and make alterations to their sound over the years without sacrificing their credibility, and there's good reason they remain one of today's most viable and well respected metal bands. Construct excels at upholding one of the band's innermost principles of consistency along with catchy and well constructed songwriting, and can stand ably in the band's catalog alongside Damage Done, Character, and Fiction.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Another Masterpiece of Dark Tranquillity!!! 16 Aug 2013
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Without fear "Construct" is the most accomplished album of Dark Tranquillity after "Fiction".
There is a mystical atmosphere that grabs the listener from the first to the last track of this album.
Mikael Stanne's voice sounds amazing mixing with the rest of the band as another instrument.
It's amazing how the guitarists Niklas Sundin and Martin Henriksson merge with Martin Brändström's keyboards to achieve perfect harmonies for each track.
Anders Jivarp demonstrates here his trademark technique to play drums and their songwriting talent.
But without a doubt, the surprise was the strength shown by Martin Henriksson playing bass providing a perfect rhythmic base with Anders Jivarp.
The lyrics are so deep and inspiring that I think was born a new genre: the "Life Metal".
The production of the album is impeccable as the art shown in the US Special Edition.
Everything seems to have a minimalist touch but this album contains a sound and unsurpassed quality.
My favorite tracks are: The Science Of Noise, What Only You Know, and None Becoming in that order though the whole album is incredibly addictive.
Congratulations to Dark Tranquillity for this Masterpiece, by far the best Death Metal band over the world.
I highly recommend to all lovers of good music to buy this album ... not regret.
Long live to Dark Tranquillity from Argentina!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dark Tranquillity - "Construct" (2013) 15 Sep 2013
By Head of Metal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Bend it to our will / Dream it into form / Shape it in our image..."

The lines to the chorus of "The Science of Noise" establish the central theme of "Construct," with even just the title itself revealing it: "Science" pertaining to order and logic; "noise" implying chaos and calamity.

From the standpoint of the album cover, which depicts a shrunken, alien-like Frankenstein's monster, the artist can be seen as displaying an imperfect creation. Someone has clearly "constructed" this beast, but in a haphazard way; it looks as if the creator just cut and pasted random bits of completely different bone, flesh, and machine to form its unwieldy body. Even though it's a sentient being, it is a chaotic, noisy figure indeed. It's a dramatic shift from the spare artwork of Dark Tranquillity's past few records.

"It twists and turns / Into something that is not to be..."

From a musical standpoint, Dark Tranquillity has never been the fastest or heaviest band, but they have always been one of the most versatile, and that versatility to their creative process as a unit is the attribute most emphasized on this 2013 release.

Simply from the first five songs on "Construct," the fan appreciates the rich textures and approaches Dark Tranquillity took: the melancholy introductory storm "For Broken Words," the stripped-down guitar focus of "The Science of Noise," "Uniformity"'s surprising major-key chorus; "The Silence In Between," the piano-driven single; and the rapid-fire thrash of "Apathetic."

By the time the clean singing of "What Only You Know" comes in, any expectations of dry repetition or recycling on the band's part is laid to rest.

Summer 2013 saw some of the worst rioting in Sweden in many years, and against this backdrop "Construct" can perhaps be seen as an expose of our limitations, not only as human beings but also as a society. Why do we believe what we believe, hate what we hate?

The overall somber, searching mood of the album is best captured in the gloomy echo of "State of Trust" and in the opening moments of "Immemorial," truly one of Dark Tranquillity's greatest arrangements in a 20-year-plus career. Although vocalist Mr. Stanne has compared "Construct" to resemble 1999's "Projector" record, this release from a maturing Dark Tranquillity has an even more expansive take on our "human constructs."

The figure on the cover may seem repulsive, but there is great beauty in this "Construct."

Mikael Stanne
Martin Henriksson
Niklas Sundin
Anders Jivarp
Martin Brandstrom
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
DT's most experimental album since 'Projector' 31 May 2013
By Marc Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for aggressive tunes look else where, this album is more 'mellow' then 'death' but it is not a bad thing. Stanne is a great singer and sounds awesome on songs like 'State of Trust'. There are a quite a few songs with clean vocals and piano mixed with guitars and drums and if you are a fan of Projector, you should not mind. Not all the songs are ballads, there are also some killer head bangers like 'Apathetic', 'Weight of the End', and 'The Science of Noise'. The US only bonus tracks are great too. Immeroial is another classic DT head banger and Photon Dreams is a instrumental. DT always changes up their style, if they did not they would be boring. I am glad they sound so refreshing and cool for a band that has been around for 20 years.
Another masterpiece - - EPIC 4 Aug 2014
By Rudi Anger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I don't know how DT does it. They have the ability to create what I like to call "beautiful" death metal over and over again. "Construct" is another masterpiece by a grossly underestimated band. Metal does not get any better, but I think their music transcends that genre. It is brutal...it is thought-provoking...it is complex...it is emotional. "Construct" captures the hopes, dreams and fears of our lives. Listening to it will change you forever.
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