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Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery

8.9 | 952 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: 6
Top 200 albums of all time: 72

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)

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor
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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31.01.2015 - 16:44
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Written by Zaph on 31.01.2015 at 16:39

Sounds interesting. I should do a DT marathon some time.

TBH The Gallery is fairly unique in their discog, as is Mind's Eye I suppose, though I never liked that one.
31.01.2015 - 16:48
Rating: 8
The Nothingth
Written by psykometal on 31.01.2015 at 16:43

Have you listened to Fiction? Imagine an entire album of songs more like Misery's Crown and The Mundane and the Magic. It's their only album which features Mikael actually singing frequently throughout the album.

I really love his singing voice, and wish he/they would decide to write more songs using it. Especially with how stale their albums have become recently. I feel like them shifting their sound/style in a more Projector-like direction, with more of him singing, would actually benefit the band more.

I have heard Fiction, but am not a huge fan. I will check out Projector though, since I like Mikael's singing voice as well.
31.01.2015 - 16:49
Rating: 8
The Nothingth
Written by Guest on 31.01.2015 at 16:44

TBH The Gallery is fairly unique in their discog, as is Mind's Eye I suppose, though I never liked that one.

Yeah, I was pretty disappointed at first since The Gallery was the first DT album I checked out, but nothing else seemed to sound like it. I love Damage Done though. Everything else I've heard was good, but not great.
31.01.2015 - 16:53
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Written by Zaph on 31.01.2015 at 16:48

I will check out Projector though, since I like Mikael's singing voice as well.

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31.01.2015 - 22:31
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Written by Guest on 31.01.2015 at 13:55

Written by Zaph on 31.01.2015 at 13:43

I don't drink coffee very often, but when I do it's black or nothing. Which is the opposite of how I like my black metal these days.

If I have it black (i.e. when there's no milk around) I don't have sugar in it which does taste a bit weird.

By the time I finish with this post, I'll start with second cup of back coffee with no sugar.

Not weird I would say. It taste awesome.

You know in Kashmir people always go with coffee adding local kashmiri tulsi and ginger with no sugar after dinner. This is one of my favorite type of coffee ever.
12.10.2015 - 21:34
Rating: 6
Written by Erik M. on 20.04.2013 at 17:54

This is in my opinion one of the most overrated album EVER. ...

The guitar is my sword, I'll fight 'til I die /../
13.10.2015 - 00:18
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Overrated, yes, but I'd still put it over anything else that came outta the Gothenburg scene, with the sole exception of The Jester Race. Damage Done is my favorite DT album, though.
19.03.2016 - 23:21
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This blows the Jester Race out the water. I got bored of Jester Race a decade ago but this still gets regular plays, especially when alcohol flows.
19.03.2016 - 23:40
Written by Guest on 19.03.2016 at 23:21

This blows the Jester Race out the water. I got bored of Jester Race a decade ago but this still gets regular plays, especially alcohol flows.

Agreed, in fact, bar a couple of songs I am not much into Jester Race and Whoracle at all anymore, out of In Flames' old albums, I prefer Lunar Strain, Subterranean and Colony.

From the early Gothenburg scene I do hold The Red In The Sky Is Ours and Burning Darkness above this album, and I am sometimes torn between this and Skydancer, but this is definitely a brilliant, timeless album and one of the best in the genre.
30.11.2016 - 20:39
Rating: 10
I tend to rate albums more positively, perhaps because when I don't like something I just turn away from it and don't really pay attention to it anymore, so this one deserves a 10, a worthy 10, all around great album, one of the heights of metal, especially melodic death and well, the expression Gothenburg for that matter. No need to talk about it, listening to the music is just enough of an argument!
17.04.2018 - 16:03
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Powerful album, melodic, fast, Dm, and aggressive, well speedy one, nothing as 1th one, complex, but a bit simple and this time no emotional song to catch even Eva-Marie Larsson had some guest vox. I like it in way it is but nostalgia is strong here
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