#musicmonday – The Poison Well by Dark Tranquillity

Welcome to another Music Monday, an idea that originated at The Tattooed Book Geek – ‘just a nobody with a blog’ (wordpress.com).

As I said in last week’s, I’m starting with a trip through my musical history. So we’re going from my first great love, Britpop, to the second and more enduring one, Melodic Death Metal. There were points along that journey – I retain a lot of affection for Metallica’s Black Album and Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory, and bands like Idlewild and Muse for making me aware I liked my music heavy – but I got into Extreme Metal pretty quickly, albeit at the most accessible end.

How? At the time, I was extremely active on the Portent forums for Games Workshop games, and a lot of the people I was talking with were big metalheads. In particular, there was one Finnish guy who was constantly sending out Scandinavian underground clips while everyone else was looking beyond nu-metal. One was of a band called Dark Tranquillity and the rest was history.

Incidentally, the fact that I found metal through fantasy gaming might account for why the two genres are so linked in my mind. That they share so much DNA helps too of course, but it’s definitely a me thing too.

Anyway, here is today’s song

So what is it about this genre and song that makes me want to share it?

I love the juxtaposition of aggression with emotion, with melody. Sometimes I want something that leans one way or the other, but Melodeath at its best is my apex between the two points. This particular song leans more towards the moody than the outright aggressive, but I love the guitar lines, especially in the middle; it gives it a real sense of reaching the end, for better or for worse. And that sense of resolution gives the final chorus added wild power.

And that’s my mondaymusic song.

2 thoughts on “#musicmonday – The Poison Well by Dark Tranquillity

  1. I miss being into heavy music. I used to be a big fan of bands like Norma Jean and Botch and Converge. I’m just not as into music in general these days and tend towards more relaxing stuff when I do seek it out but I do go back and listen to the old faves from time to time. This was a cool post 🙂

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    1. Pfft, what’s not relaxing about Converge 😉

      I fell out of the big music habit a little back and am trying to regain it – nice to know you enjoyed too! I haven’t listened to any of those bands in forever – they were the common ground when I was the metalhead in a group of punks, but that was a while back.


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