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This review is from: Damage Done (Audio CD)
Damage Done is another great DT album and a real milestone in the evolution of their sound that began with the still great but slightly awkward Projector back in 1999 when toned down their aggression and added in some keyboards and more of a gothic feel. Haven went along way in bringing back the heaviness, et it was obvious that they were still in working out the kinks in their new sound. But the stage was set for Damage Done, and damage surely was done on the metal world when this came out and DT finally delivered what we were all waiting for.
In its song writing approach Damage Done isn't remarkably different from Haven (modern melodic death metal with ambient keyboards); it's just better. Simple as that. Many of the same elements, yet more refined, more precise, and just a little bit more magic. For one, the electronics are alot more balanced out and don't so much fight with the guitars as they compliment them beatifully. Damage done also ses the band using more catchy melodies, such as on the anthemic chorus of Final Resistance (great opener) or the haunting Treason Wall. At the same time though, this is where they began to throw in in a lot of old school melodic riffs that harken back to earlier albums, such as on the great Hours Passed in Exile with soft piano's backing some great melodic thrashing or the wonderful interplay on Single Part of Two. I love the tasteful use of keybaords; it just coats every song in such a wonderfully dark atmosphere. Easily miles ahead of the likes of Soilwork in bringing keys into the metal lexicon.
On first listen you won't pick up on all the subtlties, but if you really get into this and give it time to sink in you'll find a whole host of great little creative touches. It's hard to pick out favourites for me, as all the songs really rock out and the whole album plays very well from strat to finish. Not one dull moment. The only thing that i'm not too keen on are the vocals; thats not to say the vocals aren't good. its just that Mikael Stanne usings a pretty low roar for most of the CD whereas i prefer his gargled screams of the Gallery and the Minds I. i guess its just personal preference.
A very memorable album, Damage Done sees DT stepping up and bring their A game to the play. Not quite as epicly heavy as Character, not quite as magestic as Fiction, but nonetheless another great album from one of the most consistent metal bands ever to grace my speakers.