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Dark Tranquillity - Skydancer

7.5 | 441 votes |
Release date: 30 August 1993
Style: Gothenburg metal


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01. Nightfall By The Shore Of Time
02. Crimson Winds
03. A Bolt Of Blazing Gold
04. In Tears Bereaved
05. Skywards
06. Through Ebony Archways
07. Shadow Duet
08. My Faeryland Forgotten
09. Alone

Additional info
Label: Spine Farm (Cat.#: SPI 16 CD)

Recorded and mixed at Studio Soundscape, May/June -93.
Produced by Dark Tranquillity, Dragan Tanascovic and Stefan Lindgren.
Cover photography by Kenneth Johansson.

Released under license in Poland by Carrion Records - CRR 015 (Cassette) in 1993. Bootlegged on cassette in Russia by Euro Style in 1994 without track 8. Japanese version released by Toys Factory, featuring the entire "Of Chaos…" mini-CD as bonus and a booklet with exclusive band photos.

Promo-CD with different cover (b/w band photo) released in 300 copies.

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When Dark Tranquillity released "Skydancer", there pretty much wasn't anyone sounding quite like this at the time. Carcass were releasing "Heartwork", Carnage had done "Dark Recollections" in 1990, Dismember were an active project already, but surely this took the idea of inserting melody into Death Metal to a new level, even if Dark Tranquillity would only be glorified by it with "The Gallery". Then, Anders Fridén, was the lead vocalist, and Michael Stanne was on rhythmic guitar, and it's interesting to think they'd go on to become two of the main figures of the genre they helped create but in different bands, nowadays exploring different directions, sonically.

published 07.07.2008 | Comments (9)

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27.07.2015 - 10:15
Rating: 9
Jope Steele
I think this is how the true gothenburg metal sounds like, not the lightweight material, that is presented on later DT and IF albums. None of their later albums you have this kind of ambivalence of aggression and softness. Fast and slow melodic parts. Extreme parts and acoustics. Harsh, clean and female vocals. I mean, where did the aggression disappear after this album? Where are the feelings? NOWHERE to be found, that's where. "Crimson Winds", "A Bolt Of Blazing Gold", "Through Ebony Archways" and "Shadow Duet" that is how it's done. Especially "Shadow Duet" is the definition amazingness. Alas, the whole album cannot quite keep at the same level of quality as those aforementioned songs.

People should give this one a chance, for what it is, an unique album, different than any other DT album, more like early IF material. I know it's not as accessible as the later albums, nor similar, just take it as an entity, if that's what it takes. The re-release has both "Skydancer" and "Of Chaos and Eternal Night" EP, which makes it a superb combination of early MDM and a good introduction to DT.
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27.07.2015 - 17:07
Marcel Hubregtse
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Written by deadone on 08.10.2014 at 01:45

No comments for what is probably the first true melodic DM album?

How bizarre.

I would say A velvet Creation by Eucharist is the first one since Eucharist influenced DT immensely. DT even say so in interviews how much an influence eucharist was on their sound.
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16.04.2018 - 11:35
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Tage Westerlund
Anna-Kajsa Avehall work as 2 songs guest singer was awesome. Amazing calm music whit old school DM; riffs, here is only old school DM riffs, and meldy, best DT album ever, in all, band is not even close. Swedish MDM are awesome, even I like more Eucharist.
Mikke can sing clean vocals, as in 2 songs he proved, its amazing work from this band, simply brilliant.
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14.06.2022 - 21:59
Rating: 7
A Nice Guy
This was a very good debut, but did have it's fair share of flaws, I would still say this is their most melodic album, the riffs are great, but the production quality is pretty poor, the drum sound was pretty bad, and the vocals could have been a lot better, I'm glad Stanne took over as lead vocalist after this release, he was destined for the role. "A Bolt of Blazing Gold", "Crimson Winds" and "Shadow Duet" are the stand out tracks for me.

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