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Review: "Damage Done" by Swedish Melodic Death Metal Band Dark Tranqullity

Updated on October 16, 2023
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Damage Done is a significant release from this band

Swedish melodic death metal band Dark Tranquillity is like one of the gems in the history of the melodic death metal genre. Every single album that they put out is at least good. Following Haven which this writer feels is their weakest effort musically, they still rebounded quite nicely with 2002’s "Damage Done". The album title is misleading because this band actually did the opposite. They proved once again that they are on top of the melodic death metal scene, crushing bands such as Children of Bodom.

A Photo of the CD Called Damage Done


Why is the album Damage Done worth listening to?

Damage Done is worth listening to simply because of the outstanding song The Treason Wall. The song is about a brave man raising his hand against those that oppose him and he breaks free of these nestled walls that he is stuck in or stuck to.

Damage Done: the review: Songs Format C: For Cortex, Damage Done the Song, and Cathode Ray Sunshine

The song Format C: for Cortex is about being open-minded enough not to start a revolution but to assist the dying human race. Just like we reformat our computer hard drives if they fail, sometimes we have reformat our thoughts and way of thinking and feeling. The title track called Damage Done is a beautiful song that sounds like Finnish Gothic rock band To/Die/For. But since Dark Tranquillity began their activities in 1989, a full four years before that band did, we can then conclude that those guys were influenced by this band. Cathode Ray Sunshine is a song about being allowed to be absorbed by positive rays of light in order to rid the body of any toxins or filth that may have accumulated.

Further analysis of Dark Tranquillity's greatness

I know that this is a 2002 album but Dark Tranquillity is a band that can do little wrong in the music department. They can also do well when they use Gothic rock influences. Their melodic death metal masterpieces over the years such as Lethe, Punish My Heaven, Still Moving Sinews, or Misery’s Crown are examples of this kind of musical brilliance.

Analysis of the Songs The Enemy and Ex Nihilo

The Enemy is a song about someone who knows who their foes are and they manage to describe those kinds of people as a sort of social repellant. The acoustic nature of the band starts to take shape once again. The album ends with an instrumental song called Ex Nihilo.

The Treason Wall Regular Version

Damage Done: the review part 3

The first song of the album called Final Resistance resembles musically the song Punish My Heaven on The Gallery album in a way because of the drumming. The song Hours Passed in Exile addresses the emotion of sadness, something that is so common in Western nations. Sometimes for some people, it takes them a long time to heal from their wounds and these people feel that what is broken cannot be fixed. The song called Monochromatic Stains is an example of the diversity of Mikael Stanne’s voice. At first he uses a sinister kind of vocal style and then he switches quickly to a good growl. One example of this is when he says: “like fingerprints on your heart, reading out the last lines of code, to the untrained eye of a secret.” He finishes off that verse very forcefully. Damage Done is not as good as the albums The Gallery or The Mind’s I but it is a very good way for this band to rebound. Haven wasn’t a terrible album but it musically just wasn’t enough to be an elite album. But Damage Done as an album is good enough to be on the level of 1999’s Projector.

The song called Hours Passed in Exile

Best Songs In the Album "Damage Done" and Final Score

Final score: 85 out of 100 points. The strongest songs include, The Treason Wall, Monochromatic Stains, Hours Passed in Exile, Damage Done, and Cathode Ray Sunshine.

"Monchromatic Stains"

Haven vs. Damage Done

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The song called Final Resistance

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2017 Ara Vahanian


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