If you’re a fan of the Melodic Death scene, you could do a fair bit worse than to check out Dark Tranquillity. Similar in style to former kings of the genre Soilwork and In Flames (indeed, In Flames vocalist Anders Friden sung on the first Dark Tranquillity record), they combine some reasonably brutal death metal riffing with melodic guitar harmonies and the tastefully-done use of keyboards in a similar fashion to that which Soilwork did from ‘A Predator’s Portrait’ onwards. Mikael Stanne’s rasping singing voice is pure Gothenburg Melodic Death, and he himself is actually an ex-member of In Flames, showing how tight knit the whole scene is. The riffs will get your head nodding, the keyboards add colour to the mixture without ever being overpowering, it’s all a perfect mixture for those into the less harsh and brutal side of Death Metal. Stand-out tracks are hard to choose on an album as consistently impressive as ‘Damage Done’, but my personal favourite is the third song ‘Monochromatic Stains’ with its driving riff and near-perfect use of electronics just adding a bit of texture to the mixture. However, none of the songs are far short of excellent and the record, along with all of the rest the band have recorded, comes highly recommended. If this seems a bit too lightweight for you, try some of the older records, particularly 1995’s ‘The Gallery’, as the band have undoubtedly mellowed with the passage of time.