November 2020 Album of the Month: Dark Tranquillity’s MomentSunday, 13th December 2020
A favorite among much of the DR staff, Dark Tranquillity have always carried the torch high for melodic death metal. Previous record Atoma was a high water mark for the band, and Moment manages to outdo it in every regard – all the more impressive considering the number of significant line-up changes between albums. Nonetheless, Dark Tranquillity is at their emotive best across the board here, adventurous and hungry, and with a poignant side to it all that will fans will no doubt treasure.
An excerpt from Kyle McGinn’s 10/10 review, which posted on November 10, 2020:
If Dark Tranquillity has been able to do one thing in the 2000s, it that they find a way to consistently put forth captivating new material that, to quote their track, “Therein,” ‘was different, yet the same.’ The band have been steadfast to their melodic death principles but continue to find ways to tweak the formula and keep it interesting. So with two new guitarists this time around (the impressive duo of Christopher Amott and Johan Reinholdz) and a rather successful release in Atoma behind them, what does Moment offer? An even more revitalized sound that might end up being the strongest thing they’ve done, period.
Due to its swirling emotional impact, Moment is a highly addictive force that initially sinks its teeth in, but grows in strength with each successive listen. Dark Tranquillity is at their absolute best in delivering a performance that contains all the necessary energy and potent riffing, while keeping the melodies riveting and earworm-friendly. Truly a masterclass effort from a veteran act that took the time to ensure all of the little details had been accounted for. Moment is what melodic death metal should be all about in 2020.