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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: 6
Top 200 albums of all time: 67

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (11)


Line-up
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
Collin

Rating:
9.5
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.

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Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
9.5
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!

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published 11.08.2004 | Comments (2)

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JÄY - 30.07.2010 at 18:08  
Rating: 9 DAMN
Bloodshotmage - 02.09.2011 at 07:19  
Rating: 10 I found this album a few years ago while I first started getting into melodic death metal. This is still far and away the best album the genre has to offer.
esw1026 - 20.05.2012 at 07:07  
Rating: 9 One of my fav albums of all time.
BloodTears - 20.05.2012 at 12:50  
Rating: 9 This is the crème de la crème of gothenburg. I go back to this album quite a lot.
Dentura - 12.09.2012 at 05:12  
Rating: 7 1,000th person to own the record.
LordHypnos - 02.10.2012 at 14:18  
Rating: 10 No flaws at all. One of the best albums ever.
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.11.2012 at 04:30  
Rating: 10 Damn they used to be good.

Love this version too, the technical nature of this album is even more apparent on this:

(Alternate version of Punish My Heaven)

megadeath13 - 28.12.2012 at 01:27  
  This is exactly what Gothenburg sounds like. Incredible album!
Erik M. - 20.04.2013 at 17:54  
Rating: 7 This is in my opinion one of the most overrated album EVER. Nothing amazing about it with only 3 great songs (Punish My Heaven, The Gallery and ...Of Melancholy Burning). The other songs are not really memorable and some of them are way too short. Hell, I even like Character, Fiction and Damage Done a lot more than this.
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.04.2013 at 19:40  
Rating: 10
Written by Erik M. on 20.04.2013 at 17:54

This is in my opinion one of the most overrated album EVER. Nothing amazing about it with only 3 great songs (Punish My Heaven, The Gallery and ...Of Melancholy Burning). The other songs are not really memorable and some of them are way too short. Hell, I even like Character, Fiction and Damage Done a lot more than this.

You still gave it a 7 though. Pretty respectable score
Erik M. - 20.04.2013 at 20:39  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 20.04.2013 at 19:40

You still gave it a 7 though. Pretty respectable score


Well, I just think it's extremely overrated and only really enjoy those three songs a lot, while the others aren't bad, just not great either. But I gave that score a while ago and it might drop a point, but I need to listen to it again to know this of course.

And obviously melodic death metal isn't exactly my favourite genre, I still think the three albums I mentioned are better than this.
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.04.2013 at 20:45  
Rating: 10
Written by Erik M. on 20.04.2013 at 20:39

Well, I just think it's extremely overrated and only really enjoy those three songs a lot, while the others aren't bad, just not great either. But I gave that score a while ago and it might drop a point, but I need to listen to it again to know this of course.

And obviously melodic death metal isn't exactly my favourite genre, I still think the three albums I mentioned are better than this.

I personally wouldn't call this overrated purely on the fact there's really no other album that sounds like this. It's totally different to every other melodeath album, even within their own discog. Of course that doesn't necessarily mean that the music is good. Though I happen to rather think it is Character is as good as this, but I personally regard Damage Done as the most overrated in their catalogue.

Actually this reminds me of a review for this album. Probably the worst review I've ever seen, not least because it called Dark Tranquillity a Carcass / Brutal Truth clone.
Erik M. - 20.04.2013 at 21:11  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 20.04.2013 at 20:45

I personally wouldn't call this overrated purely on the fact there's really no other album that sounds like this. It's totally different to every other melodeath album, even within their own discog. Of course that doesn't necessarily mean that the music is good. Though I happen to rather think it is Character is as good as this, but I personally regard Damage Done as the most overrated in their catalogue.

Actually this reminds me of a review for this album. Probably the worst review I've ever seen, not least because it called Dark Tranquillity a Carcass / Brutal Truth clone.


Yep, you're right about this album sounding pretty original. The simple truth is, I just don't enjoy it a lot... the songs are too short and even if they were longer I still probably wouldn't like them a lot. The style just doesn't appeal to me I guess.

About that review, it's pretty horrible. I don't agree with that at all, since he calls them unoriginal and ripped off from something else, which is (I think) not true at all. But that last sentence cracked me up though.
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.04.2013 at 21:15  
Rating: 10
Written by Erik M. on 20.04.2013 at 21:11

Yep, you're right about this album sounding pretty original. The simple truth is, I just don't enjoy it a lot... the songs are too short and even if they were longer I still probably wouldn't like them a lot. The style just doesn't appeal to me I guess.

About that review, it's pretty horrible. I don't agree with that at all, since he calls them unoriginal and ripped off from something else, which is (I think) not true at all. But that last sentence cracked me up though.

Yes the last line is especially amusing considering how completely wrong he was about it, that it went on to become the most heralded metal albums of all time
kayman - 23.05.2013 at 19:06  
Rating: 10 The best thing in the history of music
NocturnalStalker - 23.06.2013 at 17:06  
Rating: 9 For me it's still the best melodic death metal album of all time. Nothing more to say.
Nick K. - 28.06.2013 at 12:36  
  I agree with most of the people here, that this album is great. Great feeling while listening to this.
deadone - 08.05.2014 at 05:30  
Rating: 8 I understand the impact this one made when it was released, but I still prefer Damage Done over it.

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