Few metal bands have achieved the level of success that Swedish mega-legends Dark Tranquillity have. So you would expect that when heavy-hitters like these—with all the backing of Century Media—release a video, that video is going to be something worth watching. The video in question, for the 2013 track “The Science of Noise,” includes a bevvy of production styles and imagery for the viewing pleasure of their fans. It’s definitely worth a viewing or two if you’re a fan of Dark Tranquillity and want to see what their live show would look like in sepia.
“The Science of Noise,” as you’re probably aware, appeared on the band’s last studio album, Construct. And presumably, if they waited two years to drop a video for this album either Dark Tranquillity are desperate to remain relevant or they are trying to whet our appetites for an upcoming release. But their actual reasoning is:
“The festival season has just started, which is a good reason to release our very live based video clip for ‘The Science of Noise’. The bulk of the material was shot during last year’s ‘World Construct’ tour, but for various reasons the video wasn’t completed until now.“
So that’s that. Festival season has enticed the band to finally edit down that tour footage and produce a video for a short upcoming tour during which mainstay guitarist Niklas Sundin swill take some time off to tend to his newborn.
The video itself is actually quite enjoyable. The song is, well…it’s Dark Tranquillity—so it’s a quality, Swedish-mainstream metal sounding burner. The video features shots of the band playing live and intersperses some abstract concepts like computer coding, words à la Van Halen’s video for “Right Now,” and CGI generated guitars and arms that fall apart before your eyes. All-in-all it’s quite relevant to the actual lyrics. It actually seems like something that would be better served by being made into a DVD since no one’s made videos of live performances since the late ’90s. It’s much more entertaining to watch a short film backed by the music. But, hey, it’s a video and it heavily features the band and the music with minimal interruption. So enjoy it.