Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery

8.9 | 1004 votes |
Release date: 27 November 1995
Style: Gothenburg metal


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01. Punish My Heaven
02. Silence, And The Firmament Withdrew
03. Edenspring
04. The Dividing Line
05. The Gallery
06. The One Brooding Warning
07. Midway Through Infinity
08. Lethe
09. The Emptiness From Which I Fed
10. Mine Is the Grandeur...
11. ... Of Melancholy Burning
12. Bringer Of Torture [Kreator cover] [Special Deluxe Edition bonus]
13. Sacred Reich [Sacred Reich cover] [Special Deluxe Edition bonus]
14. 22 Acacia Avenue [Iron Maiden cover] [Special Deluxe Edition bonus]
15. Lady In Black [Mercyful Fate cover] [Special Deluxe Edition bonus]
16. My Friend Of Misery [Metallica cover] [Special Deluxe Edition bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1995: 7
Top 200 albums of all time: 84

Mikael Stanne - vocals
Niklas Sundin - guitars
Fredrik Johansson - guitars
Anders Jivarp - drums
Martin Henriksson - bass, acoustic guitar

Guest musicians
Eva-Marie Larsson - vocals
Frasse Franzén - timpani

Additional info
Label: Osmose productions (Cat.#: OPCD 033)

Special "Deluxe" edition released in 2005 by Century Media Records (US) & Osmose productions (Europe). This version features different booklet layout as well bonus tracks.

Recorded and mixed at Studio Fredman during April and May 1995. Engineered and produced by Fredrik Nordström and Dark Tranquillity.

Cover artwork by Kristian Wåhlin. Layout by Cabin Fever Media.
Band photo by Kenneth Johansson. Proofreading by Rahvin.

Staff review by
This is obviously my favourite album of my favourite band. So you can easily imagine that I only have nice things to say about it. So, why does this album reach perfection? Why is it, in my opinion, the best melodic death metal album ever released? Simply because it is the manifest of a band that perfectly masters its music, and above all that loves what it is doing. You can feel such love for the metal in general all along the eleven tracks of this work. It is actually the first real album of the band after the departure of the previous singer Anders Friden, gone to found their Swedish mates of In Flames. So this is also the first album with Mikael Stanne, former guitarist, on the vocals, after the EP Of Chaos and Eternal Night.

published 11.09.2003 | Comments (16)

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Caution! Cult album ahead. "The Gallery" is to Melodic Death Metal what "Images And Words" is to Progressive Metal, if not more. The essence of Sweden delivered by Dark Tranquillity is simply grandiose. The duo of singers Mikael Stanne-Anders Friden blows everything in its path while emblematic songs keep playing in your shitty CD player. I'll have to visit Gothenburg one day, as a pilgrim of Holy Metalness, I'm serious!

published 11.08.2004 | Comments (1)

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