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Dark Tranquillity - The Mind's I
21 April 1997


01. Dreamlore Degenerate
02. Zodijackyl Light
03. Hedon
04. Scythe, Rage And Roses
05. Constant
06. Dissolution Factor Red
07. Insanity's Crescendo
08. Still Moving Sinews
09. Atom Heart 243.5
10. Tidal Tantrum
11. Tongues
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


Band profile: Dark Tranquillity
Album: The Mind's I


 


written by dark awakening | 29.07.2006


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dark awakening - 30.07.2006 at 11:44  
I think that the the album deserves the 8 I gave.
Warman - 29.05.2007 at 17:35  
Not good nor bad. I don't get this album, I think most songs are too short and simple. Also I don't think Stanne's vocals are as good as they usually are, at the worst moments the vocals are actually bad (my favourite track on the album is The Mind's Eye, instrumental and that says a lot). And yes, this is one of their heavier albums, maybe I'm more into their melodical stuff? Still there are some songs I really like.
Uirapuru - 05.04.2008 at 01:51  
Not their best work.. i would give it an 8 as well.
BloodTears - 05.04.2008 at 11:16  
This is one of my favourite DT albums from those years, I think I like it because its so heavy and I was always in love with that part of them. "Hedon" is beautiful as well as "Insanity's crescendo" probably my favourites from this one. But I must say it doesnt have that many memorable songs are other albums.
MeloDeathViking - 11.05.2009 at 19:50  
Yeah, this is just an 8 from me as well, which is still good, but it just doesnt click with me like the other albums do.
ms68 - 11.05.2009 at 21:13  
Written by BloodTears on 05.04.2008 at 11:16

This is one of my favourite DT albums from those years, I think I like it because its so heavy and I was always in love with that part of them. "Hedon" is beautiful as well as "Insanity's crescendo" probably my favourites from this one. But I must say it doesnt have that many memorable songs are other albums.

i agree. i only listen to those two songs+The mind's eye and sometimes Scythe, Rage and Roses. although it's lowest album by dark tranquillity(IMO in comparison to other albums but it's good) i don't think one can forget The Mind's Eye. it's one of the best instrumental songs i've ever heard.
Solstafir! - 18.08.2009 at 15:05  
This is their album in which their form dipped a bit (after the brilliant THE GALLERY)...overall most of the songs are good, but not polished enough...don't know why but this is my least favourite album of DT...maybe the production is to blame, I really don't know...

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