Dark Tranquillity - The Mind's I review
|Album:||The Mind's I|
|Release date:||April 1997|
01. Dreamlore Degenerate
02. Zodijackyl Light
04. Scythe, Rage And Roses
06. Dissolution Factor Red
07. Insanity's Crescendo
08. Still Moving Sinews
09. Atom Heart 243.5
10. Tidal Tantrum
12. The Mind's Eye
13. Razonfever [Deluxe edition bonus]
14. Shadowlit Façade [Deluxe edition bonus]
15. Archetype [Deluxe edition bonus]
+ Zodijackyl Light [video] [Deluxe edition bonus]
+ Hedon [video] [Deluxe edition bonus]
After an album called The Gallery, which has been defined the mere masterpiece of this band and of the entire Gothenburg scene by a lot of critics and reviewers, one of the greatest bands ever returned with a new album. The title has two meanings if we think about the words in another way: The I of the Mind / I Am the Mind. The CD cover is strange: there are pieces of animals, plants, blood,a piece of paper, atoms and obviously the DT logo; all connected to the psychologic subject.
Listening to this album (the most brutal output of this band yet) I immediately thought that darkness has never been so tranquil and tranquillity has never been so dark at the same time in the same album; the CD is full of hidden-meaning and emotions that only with a careful listening can be heard or felt. I noticed a great use of melodic stuff in some songs; an example could be one of the catchiest songs I've ever heard: the mighty Insanity's Crescendo. It blew me away with a duet of growl and female vocals and a fascinating structure in which Sundin's guitar reigns and leads with precision, never disappointing.
There are a lot of futurist, dirty and mysterious elements in songs like Atom Heart 243,5, Still Moving Sinews or Tongues; here we notice the rhythm, the strength. In Constant and Tidal Tantrum leads the despair, however in Zodijackyl Light and Hedon we can feel the fury and the fear. Some songs are really short but they create a catchy atmosphere and an appropriate belonging to the others that gives to the whole album a great fluency.
That's a good album, and for me is a step over The Gallery; check it if you're searching for real emotions from sadness till hate.
Best songs: Zodijackyl Light, Hedon, Insanity's Crescendo, Still Moving Sinews
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