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Gothenburg, Sweden (1989 – present)

Dark Tranquillity were formed in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1989 by Mikael Stanne and Niklas Sundin as Septic Broiler before changing their name in 1991. They are considered to be one of the earliest pioneers of the Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal style.

They have kept a mostly consistent line-up. Anders Jivarp has played drums since the joining the band shortly after its formation with Anders Fridén and Martin Henriksson. Rhythm guitarist Mikael Stanne switched to vocals after Anders Fridén’s departure. When his predecessor Fredrik Johansson left in 1998 bassist Martin Henriksson took up guitar duties and Michael Nicklasson came in on bass shortly before the recording of Haven. They also added “electronics” man Martin Brändström at this time. Michael Niklasson left the band on 23rd of August 2008 and was briefly replaced by former Soilwork member Daniel Antonsson, who left in 2013 shortly before the recording of Construct.

The band name is often misspelt as “Dark Tranquility”, which is the US spelling of the word.

Guitarist Niklas Sundin is also known for his graphic design album artwork. Dark Tranquillity’s official site can be accessed here.


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  • ngk44

    It's been years since I last gave this band a serious listen. Now I'm seriously wondering why.

    3 hours ago Reply
  • ngk44

    The electronic elements in DT's sound compliment their songwriting, rather than being the focal point of it. Musically they're still pure melodeath. Not that I have anything against industrial metal.

    3 hours ago Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    I love DT for that, they can Mix electronic music with death metal in a very unique way and without sound dumb, most of the other bands that do the same just sound like generic Industrial metal.

    2 Aug 8:00pm Reply
  • Borreh

    I never stated they are industrial. I know many bands which use trance and electronica elements and yet they are considered "electronic metal" or "industrial metal" (Sybreed, Neurotech, Mechina, to name a few among many many more). Dark Tranquillity do the same, and yet everybody ignores that. I don't want everyone to start tagging DT as "electronic metal" (altough I find this tag perfectly fitting, apart from "melodic death metal" of course), but the absence of any mention of electronics when DT is the topic discussed is just odd to me.

    25 Jul 5:16pm Reply
  • Symbolofallloss

    Borreh they are not Industrial at all, Industrial has nothing to do with synths and electronic. Dark Tranquillity uses Trance and Electronica elements in their music, albums like Damage Done, Character and Fiction.

    25 Jul 12:56pm Reply
  • Borreh

    ... Those songs, at times, sound like freaking God Is An Astronaut. I really love the evolution of DT. I have no idea how can one say they're repetetive - I've heard a ton of repetetive bands, and they ain't one of them for sure.

    25 Jul 2:03am Reply
  • Borreh

    Also, I don't have anything against a guitar-oriented record, but please don't make it a "Character 2.0". For me, that's their weakest album. Absolutely and incredibly bland apart from 3-4 songs. I really loved what they did later. "Fiction" was an incredibly fun, melodic, slightly goth-ish album, "We Are The Void" was a killer CD; Hard to get into, mid-paced, with lots of more experimental and electronic-focused moments, but once you've gotten your hang around it, its rich and convoluted sound was nothing short of spectacular. Simillar for "Construct" - More energic and straightforward like Character, melodic and atmospheric like Fiction, with tons of great synth parts and more complex arrangements in the vein of WATV. I also like the new additions - More diversified guitar play (the variety is astounding, miles better than Character's monotone MDM riffing), and even post-rock (yes) inspired passages (For Broken Words, What Only You Know, Weight Of The End)...

    25 Jul 2:01am Reply
  • Borreh

    Lately I've been listening to DT again (Damnit how good this band it) and one thing popped into my head. Why no "electronic" or "industrial" tags? Yeah, I get it, funding father of melodic death metal et cetera yada yada. But for most of their career DT used a shitton of synths and electronics. More so than many "industrial metal" bands. Damnit, they're more "cyber" than Fear Factory for crying out loud. Why everyone keeps on not noticing those elements? They're not a one-off gimmick, they're an integral part of the music.

    25 Jul 1:52am Reply
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  • Symbolofallloss

    Lesbian Metal, this is one of the oldest Lesbian Metal bands.

    8 Jul 3:22pm Reply
  • Alice_North

    This is one of the oldest melodeath bands that have aged well [2], yeah, I listen to The Gallery and We are the Void with the same pleasure.

    4 Jul 12:42pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    This is one of the oldest melodeath bands that have aged well, looking forward to hearing the new album.

    26 Jun 6:47pm Reply
  • Neonar

    Didnt mean that other good ones dont exist. Just that it is harder to find ones that really stick.

    25 Jun 10:03pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    there are other good ones

    25 Jun 5:38pm Reply
  • Neonar

    The first melodeath band I've really enjoyed, they sound great. [4] The first and the last, I think. [4]

    25 Jun 10:49am Reply
  • Sir_David_Jones

    Was "Misery's Crown" always so popular?

    9 Jun 4:39pm Reply
  • FatalErr0r

    It's been almost 10 years since I started listening to DT and they still remain the best melodeath band.

    8 Jun 1:57pm Reply
  • CVince9

    @Kaiser_19 that comment alone is an insult to the musicians you mentioned.

    5 Jun 9:48am Reply
  • tanbo801

    Great band...

    28 May 3:04pm Reply
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