BravePicks 2016 - DARK TRANQUILLITY's Atoma #28

December 4, 2016, 3 years ago

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BravePicks 2016 - DARK TRANQUILLITY's Atoma #28

Another gruelling year of heavy metal mastery is almost over! And all the votes are in and the compiling is complete! It's time to celebrate the winners and call out the not-so winners! So who will be our #1? You’ll find out as we count down the BravePick Of 2016 throughout December! And once again our devout scribes put their collective metal minds together to build the ultimate lists including individual Top 20s (new studio albums ONLY),  Top 5 Brave Embarrassments, Top 3 Concerts, What/Who Needs To Stop In 2017? and Metal Predictions For 2017. All will be showcased come the New Year!

'Tis the season to commence the good, bad and ugly of 2016! Let’s rock!

BravePicks 2016

28) DARK TRANQUILLITY - Atoma (Century Media)

The masters of Gothenburg melodic death metal were back at it again this year with the impressive Atoma. DT’s eleventh album is a very melodic driven album, as vocalist Mikael Stanne told BraveWords:

“We had all of these melodies. A lot of it was written on keyboard or piano, just basic melodies. A lot of the riffs and a lot of the material started out like that, and then things got turned into guitar riffs and some parts were kept as keyboards. It’s definitely melody driven. Sometimes the guitar will do that, sometimes the vocals, sometimes the keys. It’s just what we really wanted to focus on. I guess that started in concert a little bit, where the emphasis was always on melody and drive. Maybe that was even clearer this time around.”

Much of the lyrical themes surround science, which Stanne explained:

“For me, science is a new religion. It’s what we should look to for answers. It has taken the way for what religion used to be, which gave us the easy answers. Now science tackles the really difficult ones, but it’s the truth. It’s something we should all aspire to. Like you said, I use science as a metaphor for ourselves, and for what we are and how we deal with things. It’s also the standard for which we should conduct our lives around. It’s something that is almost an absolute. Most it is pure fact. It’s such a beautiful thing to have absolute truth in nature and life that you can look for. There are no two ways about it and I like that. That gives me comfort even though sometimes one scientific, proven fact will open up two hundred new questions. That’s exciting. I like how we are constantly striving forward to become better and better understand the world around us. I think we should continue doing that instead of standing still or sometimes even going back to older ways of dealing with things. A lot of belief systems are holding us back. We should strive forward and let science lead the way. I tend to write about that a lot. It’s something that I’m really passionate about and fascinated about.”

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BravePicks 2016 Top 31

28) DARK TRANQUILLITY - Atoma (Century Media)
29) SUMERLANDS - S/T (Relapse)
30) RUNNING WILD – Rapid Foray (SPV)
31) AVANTASIA – Ghostlights (Nuclear Blast)


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