Dark Tranquillity's History (Biography)

Dark Tranquillity is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg. They are the longest-standing band from the original Gothenburg metal scene, and are one of the most integral pioneers of the melodic death metal genre of music.

Official site: http://www.darktranquillity.com

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/dtofficial

Genre(s): Melodic Death Metal

Country: Sweden

Show Date: September 4, 2010

Festivals: Global East Rock Festival 2010

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Dark Tranquillity was formed in 1989 by vocalist and guitarist Mikael Stanne & guitarist Niklas Sundin, who looked at their influences and then decided to form their own band under the name Septic Broiler. Not long after, three additional members, Anders Fridén, Anders Jivarp and Martin Henriksson, joined the line-up.

In 1990, the band recorded a demo cassette tape entitled Enfeebled Earth before they would change their name to Dark Tranquillity and change their musical style. It was followed by multiple demos, and in 1993, Skydancer was released. Soon after, Anders Fridén, Dark Tranquillity's main vocalist at the time, left the band and later joined In Flames. Co-founder, guitarist, and back-up vocalist, Mikael Stanne, then became the lead vocalist, and Fredrik Johansson was recruited to take over rhythm guitar duties.

Dark Tranquillity's Current Members

  • Mikael Stanne (vocals, since 1989)
  • Niklas Sundin (guitar, graphic design, since 1989)
  • Martin Henriksson (guitar, sound recording, since 1989)
  • Daniel Antonsson (bass guitar, since 2008)
  • Anders Jivarp (drums, since 1990)
  • Martin Brändström (electronics, piano, since 1998)

Former members:

  • Anders Fridén (vocals, drums, 1989 (drums), 1990-1994 (vocals))
  • Fredrik Johansson (guitar, 1992–1999)
  • Mikael Niklasson (bass guitar, 1999−2008)

In 1995 the second full length album The Gallery was released, often referred to as the masterpiece of the era. The release, which saw a change in sound but kept the characteristics essential in the band's melodic death metal sound, such as growled vocals, abstract riffing, acoustic passages, and a female guest vocalist.

Dark Tranquillity's Discography

  • 1993 - Skydancer
  • 1995 - The Gallery
  • 1997 - The Mind's I
  • 1998 - Projector
  • 2000 - Haven
  • 2002 - Damage Done
  • 2005 - Character
  • 2007 - Fiction
  • 2010 - We Are the Void

The third album; The Mind's I was released in 1997.

Projector was released in late 1998. It became the fourth output from the band, and was later nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award, and saw a major change in songwriting. While retaining growled vocals and their signature death metal sound, pianos, baritone soft vocals, and verse-chorus fashion song structures were now integral parts of Dark Tranquillity's sound, reflecting the band's goal to strive for different musical expressions.

Dark Tranquillity's Setlist at Global East Rock Festival 2010 (September 4, 2010)

  1. At the Point of Ignition
  2. The Fatalist
  3. Focus Shift
  4. The Wonders At Your Feet
  5. Final Resistance
  6. Misery''s Crown
  7. Punish My Heaven
  8. My Negation
  9. Iridium
  10. Shadow in Our Blood
  11. The Lesser Faith
  12. Dream Oblivion
  13. Lethe
  14. Lost To Apathy
  15. Encore:
  16. ThereIn
  17. Damage Done
  18. The Grandest Accusation
  19. Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive)

After the recording of Projector Fredrik Johansson was asked to leave as he started to lack devotion to the band, stemming from being a parent and keeping a day job.

A year later saw the release of Haven, which introduced the addition of electric keyboard sounds, but also saw the abandonment of the newly adopted clean vocal stylings in favor of an overall heavier sound. By this time, Martin Brändström had joined for keyboard duties, and Michael Nicklasson had replaced Martin Henriksson on bass, with Henriksson becoming the band's second guitarist.

During their 2001 tour the Band Hired Robin Engström as a Session musician because Jivarp became a father.

Dark Tranquillity released Damage Done in 2002, and was intended to be a step in a much heavier direction, adding thicker guitar distortion, deep atmospheric keyboards, and abandoning soft vocals altogether. They released the music video for the single Monochromatic Stains, followed by their release of Live Damage, their first live DVD.

Character was the seventh release from Dark Tranquillity, released in 2005, and was held in much critical praise. It featured the third music video released by Dark Tranquillity, with the successful single Lost to Apathy.

In 2007, Fiction was released, which in turn, saw a return of Mikael Stanne's clean vocals, and the first female guest vocalist since Projector. The album also saw writing style that combined the stylings of Projector and Haven, with the more aggressive traits of Character and Damage Done. At this time, Dark Tranquillity toured with The Haunted, Into Eternity, and Scar Symmetry for the North America Metal For The Masses Tour. They returned to the U.S. during the Spring of 2008 with Arch Enemy. They have also toured the UK in early 2008 along with Omnium Gatherum. On October 26, 2009 they released a DVD titled Where Death Is Most Alive. On October 30, 2009 at the release party of the DVD 333 copies were given away for free of the rare live album The Dying Fragments. On the band's official website they announced that bass guitarist Mikael Niklasson left the band in August 2008 due to personal reasons with no hard feelings between him and the band. On September 19, the band found a new bassist in Dimension Zero guitarist Daniel Antonsson, who also was a guitarist for Soilwork. May 25, 2009, saw reissues of Projector, Haven, and Damage Done.

In October 2009, Dark Tranquillity finished work on their 9th studio album, We Are the Void, scheduled for release on March 1, 2010 in Europe and March 2, 2010, in the USA. On December 21, 2009, Dark Tranquillity released the song "Dream Oblivion" and on January 14, 2010, they released the song "At the Point of Ignition" from their new album We Are the Void exclusively on their MySpace page. They were also the opening act for a US winter tour that was headlined by Killswitch Engage along with The Devil Wears Prada.

Dark Tranquillity announced a headline tour in summer 2010 with Threat Signal, Mutiny Within and The Absence.

Throughout their 20 years active Dark Tranquillity have had only three line-up changes, and four of the original members are still in the band today: vocalist Mikael Stanne, guitarist Niklas Sundin, guitarist-bassist Martin Henriksson,and drummer Anders Jivarp.

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Official Dark Tranquillity's Video

Dark Tranquillity - Therein
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Dark Tranquillity - Monochromatic Stains
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Dark Tranquillity - The New Build
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Dark Tranquillity - Lost to Apathy
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Dark Tranquillity - Focus Shift
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Dark Tranquillity - Misery's Crown
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Dark Tranquillity - Shadow In Our Blood
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Dark Tranquillity - Hedon
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Other bands that participated at the Global East Rock Festival 2010: Balfor, Bonfire, Cemetery Of Scream, Cruachan, Deviant Syndrome, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Eluveitie, Haggard, HammerFall, Infinite Tales, Kiss Forever Band, Manic Depression, Mayhem, Mnemic, Moonspell, Obituary, Oomph!, Preternatural, Rotting Christ, Sabaton, Sirenia, Sunrise, The Gathering, Venom, Vic Anselmo, W.H.I.T.E, Пилигрим.

Created At: September 23, 2010 12:40 PM Updated At: May 10, 2011 12:23 AM