Fiction (Dark Tranquillity album)

Fiction is the eighth studio album by the Swedish melodic death metal band Dark Tranquillity. It was released by Napalm Records on 19 April 2007,[2] and by Century Media in the UK on 23 April, and in the US on 24 April.[3]

Fiction
Dark tranquility fiction album.jpg
Reissue cover art
Studio album by
Released19 April 2007
Recorded– 22 October November 2006,[1] Studio Fredman and Rogue Music
GenreMelodic death metal, gothic metal
Length52:14
LanguageEnglish
LabelNapalm Records
Century Media (UK)
ProducerDark Tranquillity, Tue Madsen
Dark Tranquillity chronology
Character
(2005)
Fiction
(2007)
We Are the Void
(2010)
Alternative cover

This is the last new material to feature Michael Nicklasson as their bassist before leaving in August 2008 and the last release to be recorded at Studio Fredman.

BackgroundEdit

This album marked a few returns of previous quirks the band had done in the past - the song "Inside the Particle Storm" marks the return of Sundin writing lyrics again since "Tongues" from The Mind's I, Mikael Stanne utilizes clean vocals in addition to his usual growled vocals on "Misery's Crown" since "In Sight" from 2009 reissue edition of Haven and a guest female vocalist on "The Mundane and the Magic" since "Undo Control" from Projector.

An expanded edition was released in North America on 27 May and was scheduled for Worldwide release on 23 June 2008, containing two bonus tracks previously released in Australia and Japan, two previously unreleased tracks and two tracks taken from the band's live performance in Summer Breeze festival in 2007. The expanded edition also contains a bonus DVD with live songs, behind the scene footage, Character's "The New Build" promo video, and the "Focus Shift" video clip. In addition, the expanded edition features an extended booklet layout, an alternative cover artwork, and includes also a free Dark Tranquillity patch.

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com     [4]
AllMusic     [5]
Metal Hammer          [citation needed]
PopMatters          [6]
Sputnikmusic     [7]

The album was generally well-received,[8][9] with the album being called "another worthwhile addition to Dark Tranquillity's impressive discography."[10] It was also noted that the album was similar to Character, in terms of musical style.

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Mikael Stanne, except where noted.

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Nothing to No One" 4:10
2."The Lesser Faith" 
  • Henriksson
  • Michael Nicklasson
  • Anders Jivarp
  • Sundin
4:37
3."Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive)" 
  • Henriksson
  • Sundin
4:24
4."Blind at Heart" Henriksson4:21
5."Icipher" 
  • Martin Brändström
  • Jivarp
  • Henriksson
4:39
6."Inside the Particle Storm"SundinSundin5:29
7."Empty Me" Henriksson4:59
8."Misery's Crown" 
  • Brändström
  • Sundin
  • Jivarp
  • Henriksson
4:14
9."Focus Shift" Henriksson3:36
10."The Mundane and the Magic" 
  • Henriksson
  • Jivarp
5:17
Japanese bonus track
No.TitleMusicLength
11."A Closer End"
  • Jivarp
  • Sundin
  • Henriksson
4:10
Australian bonus track
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
11."Winter Triangle"InstrumentalSundin2:18
Expanded Edition
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
11."A Closer End" 
  • Jivarp
  • Sundin
  • Henriksson
4:10
12."Winter Triangle"InstrumentalSundin2:18
13."Below the Radiance" 
  • Jivarp
  • Henriksson
3:26
14."Silence in the House of Tongues"InstrumentalSundin3:24
15."Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive) (Live at Summer Breeze Open Air 2007)" 
  • Henriksson
  • Sundin
4:40
16."The Lesser Faith (Live at Summer Breeze 2007)" 
  • Henriksson
  • Nicklasson
  • Jivarp
  • Sundin
4:48

Expanded Edition DVDEdit

The expanded version also contains a bonus DVD with over 45 minutes of live recordings and promo videos:

  1. "Focus Shift" (promo video)
  2. "Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive)" (brick-movie)
  3. "Focus Shift" (rehearsal room video)
  4. "Blind At Heart" (live)
  5. "Final Resistance" (live)
  6. "Misery's Crown" (live)
  7. "Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive)" (live)
  8. "The Lesser Faith" (live)
  9. "The New Build" (live)
  10. "The Endless Feed" (live)

PersonnelEdit

Dark TranquillityEdit

Other creditsEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart Peak
position
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 19
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 145
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 59
Italian Albums (FIMI)[15] 34
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 12

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The official DARK TRANQUILLITY homepage". Darktranquillity.com. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Dark Tranquillity - Fiction / CD". Napalm Records. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  3. ^ Blackie, Andrew (30 July 2007). "Dark Tranquility: Fiction". PopMatters. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Heavy Metal".
  5. ^ Fiction at AllMusic
  6. ^ "Dark Tranquility: Fiction, PopMatters". 30 July 2007.
  7. ^ "Dark Tranquillity - Fiction (Album review 6) | Sputnikmusic".
  8. ^ "Heavy Metal".
  9. ^ "Dark Tranquillity - Fiction - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives".
  10. ^ "Dark Tranquillity - Fiction (Album review 6) | Sputnikmusic".
  11. ^ "Nell Sigland - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Dark Tranquillity: Fiction" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Dark Tranquillity – Fiction". Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Dark Tranquillity – Fiction" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  15. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Dark Tranquillity – Fiction". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Dark Tranquillity – Fiction". Hung Medien.

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