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Dark Tranquillity

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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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