Century Media
Release date
18 Jun 1999
Running length
10 tracks
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2 ThereIn 5:55 54,474
3 UnDo Control 5:27 48,036
4 Auctioned 6:06 44,872
5 To a Bitter Halt 4:48 38,969
6 The Sun Fired Blanks 4:18 43,461
7 Nether Novas 6:14 38,180
8 Day to End 3:08 38,641
9 Doberman 4:38 2,950
10 On Your Time 5:39 35,362

About this album

Projector is the fourth full-length studio album by the melodic death metal band Dark Tranquillity.

It is the last Dark Tranquillity release with Fredrik Johansson.

It marked a departure for the band renowned as one of the founders of the Gothenburg Sound. Eschewing much of their trademark dual-guitar passages and death growling, Dark Tranquillity’s Projector album featured some piano and clean guitar parts akin to that of gothic metal. The album was also the first to include vocalist Mikael Stanne on clean vocals; Stanne delivered some of the lyrics in an operatic baritone, far removed from his typical metal growls. Because of its massive deviation from the band’s previous efforts, Projector was met with mixed opinions by longtime fans, but it also attracted a fair amount of new listeners. The clean vocal style was almost entirely discarded after this album, although the keyboards and pianos would become an integral part of the band’s later sound. Stanne has brought his clean vocals back into some of Dark Tranquillity songs, though, as heard on Dark Tranquillity’s 2007 album Fiction, 2010 album We Are the Void, and 2013 album Construct.

The album credits list that Martin Brändström and Michael Nicklasson were present (as keyboardist and bassist respectively) on the album. However they only joined in time for the album’s release and the actual recording was done by their old line-up. The album included a lot of piano and electronics and they hired Brändström to perform this live, whereas Nicklasson joined after the firing of ex-guitarist Fredrik Johansson and Martin Henriksson’s switch from bass to guitar.

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  • Sergio_Bv

    Maybe the best album of Dark Tranquillity?... very close ;)

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    what are the hundreds of bands that make the same kind of keyboard laden melodic metal they have made for the past 12 years ?

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ArrTheMesia

    Forever fall in love with this album.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Clean vocals on this album are so magnificent, very underrated album. [8] Amazing album! The best randomly bought album by my boyfriend, he introduced me to Dark Tranquillity with this one :)

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    The lyrics are really amazing. I like the clean vocals just wish they weren't so much.

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • juantik

    The Best. That's it.

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Garonthium

    I really want to like the clean vocals on this album, but they are used way too often and kinda sound out of place most of the time.

    22 Oct 2012 Reply
  • MadTinus

    The clean vocals makes me cringe. Good album, but there's a reason Stanne doesn't sing that often anymore. [2] Exactly, Haven kicks Projector's ass. I liked Stanne's occasional cleans before (and after) Projector, but on this album I couldn't stand them, it was just way overdone.

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Haz3L

    Clean vocals on this album are so magnificent, very underrated album. [7]

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • Dyomaeth

    This is definately their most underrated effort.

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • ZadionApocalaya

    This seriously is their best album. It's more proggy, more gothic, and Mikael's clean vocals are amazing as well. Great lyrics, too.

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
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    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • CrimsonKangaroo

    This album is very interesting, though its different from other DT albums. I fucking love it, very emotional, amazing vocals.

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • darth_revan0414

    How come this album is so underrated? I actually like it better than The Gallery.

    29 Aug 2011 Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    i've always thought this dude has an amazing clean voice.

    27 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Deviss_95

    офигенный альбом)

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Dustspell

    @Dyomaeth ,Stanne sang with cleaner vocals then 'cause he was having some problems with his throath

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • DavidOssetia

    Грейт албум! май фаворит!))

    15 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Enot990

    Clean vocals on this album are so magnificent, very underrated album. [6] Anyone who doesn't like this album is gay! :-3

    3 Jun 2011 Reply
  • dmitry_litium

    Clean vocals on this album are so magnificent, very underrated album. [3]

    9 May 2011 Reply
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