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Formed: 1989
From: Gothenburg, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Dark Tranquillity News

Below is our complete Dark Tranquillity news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Century Media to Provide US Marines With Sampler

Century Media Records has announced details regarding the Marine Corps sampler, tentatively titled "Code Red," that they will be distributing this spring/summer. 20,000 copies will be handed out to U.S. troops leaving for active duty in the Middle East. According to Major Stephen A. Cox, Director of Community Relations for the United States Marine Corps, "Intensity of spirit is precisely what makes the Century Family sampler appealing to many Marines. The donation of samplers to the Marines and their families is patriotic and a generous gesture appreciated by Marines serving their country around the world." Here's the tracklisting for the sampler:

1. Shadows Fall - What Drives the Weak
2. Arch Enemy - We Will Rise
3. God Forbid - Soul Engraved
4. Dark Tranquillity - Lost To Apathy
5. Diecast - Medieval
6. Lacuna Coil - Swamped
7. Nevermore - Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday
8. Stampin' Ground - Pain Is Weakness (Leaving The Body)
9. Brand New Sin - Black & Blue
10. The Hellacopters - By The Grace Of God
11. The Bones - Do You Wanna...
12. Crash Kelly - She Gets Away
13. Swallow The Sun - Silence of the Womb

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Dark Tranquillity Enters Swedish Charts At #3

Dark Tranquillity's new melodic Death Metal masterpiece “Character” is set to become the most successful album in the band’s history: In Sweden they just entered the official national charts on an outstanding position 3. The band is excited about the news:

Weird! After having spent 16 years writing and performing songs for a small but devoted subculture, we suddenly find our new album on position #3 in the national Swedish album charts - and all this without having to compromise one single bit with our music.

Our aim has always been to do our own thing without paying too much attention to the current norms in the music scene; to give people time to change to appreciate our particular brand of mayhem rather than having us changing our music in a vain attempt to gain mass appeal. It seems like that time finally is here - and it's not a decade too late!

We'd like to thank all of you who have taken the initiative of buying "Character", and we're truly flattered by the fantastic feedback and reviews given so far. The chart position is a great way to kick off the European tour with Kreator, Hatesphere and Ektomorf, starting in just a few days. See you down the road!

Besides this brilliant chart-entry, the band is on top score position # 1 in the Swedish Metal charts. Keeping in mind that the band reached Position 47 with the “Lost To Apathy EP” in the Swedish single charts upon its release in November, the term “all the way success” is legitimate.

Don’t miss them live on tour with Kreator all over Europe starting next week (Exact dates in "tourdates")! “Character” is out now.

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Over 40 Bands Confirmed For NEMHF

The organizers of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival have announced most of the bands that will perform at this year's event, set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:

Friday, April 22, 2005 (doors open at 3:00 p.m.): More...

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Dark Tranquillity Hold "Character" Signing Session

Sweden's Dark Tranquillity will do a signing session of their brand new album "Character" at CD Specialisten in Gothenburg, Sweden on January 19.

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Dark Tranquillity's "Character" Pre-order Online

The new full-length album "Character" with the Swedish metal band Dark Tranquillity will be released on January 24 in Europe and on January 25 in North America through Century Media Records.

It is possible to book "Character" at the CdOn.com website, just follow the links below to book your copy of the album:
Sweden Denmark Norway Finland EU

A brand new track, entitled "Through Smudged Lenses", has been posted online at this location, in Real Media format.

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Dark Tranquillity Talks About Album, Tour Plans

Dark Tranquillity vocalist Mikael Stanne recently spoke to Antenna webzine about the group's new album, "Character", touring, entering the Swedish single charts and loads more. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:

Antenna: Please explain what people can expect from the new album, "Character"?

Mikael Stanne: "'Character' is more extreme and faster. An album that picks up on all the other albums we’ve made and learned from that. The most extreme album we have made in many, many ways and people might be surprised as this comes from the same area as we started in the first place. It’s really fast, aggressive and melodic as well.

Antenna: On previous albums you have tried out clean vocals. Is there any of this on "Character"?

Mikael Stanne: "No, not really. 'Character' is all about screaming and being angry. It's totally different feel to this album I think. What made me want to sing with a different kind of voice was because the songs we were writing at the time were really melancholic and had a different feel to it that really needed something else both lyrically and vocally. This new stuff we have been writing is all about getting out our frustration and anger so it didn’t make sense to use clean vocals. And every other band is doing it now a days and it also takes the fun out of it."

Read the full article at Antenna.

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"Alone In The Dark" Tracklisting Revealed

Nuclear Blast has announced the tracklisting of "Alone in the Dark," the original motion picture soundtrack inspired and from the movie. "Alone in the Dark" is based on the best-selling Atari video game series of the same name. The soundtrack will feature some of today’s best Metal bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, Machine Head amongst others, and it will be featured on a double disc format. This is the first time a Hollywood production receives an all Extreme Metal soundtrack. The release date for the soundtrack has been set for January 25, 2005.

Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of the ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-flame, archeologist Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid), and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke (Stephen Dorff), Edward Carnby is about to learn that just because you don’t believe in something, that doesn’t mean it can’t kill you. More info can be found here.

There will be two different version of the soundtrack, one for European territories and the American version. Here are both tracklists: More...

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Dark Tranquillity Records Video Message For Fans

On November 15th 2004 Dark Tranquillity's new “Lost To Apathy EP” was released through Century Media Records and received praise all over the globe, even managing to enter the official Swedish single charts at a very good position 47. Now it’s about time to introduce the upcoming seventh studio album “Character”, to be released January 24th 2005. Expect the best - because you’ll get the best!

The new massive Dark Tranquillity album “Character” is likely to be the most awaited Melodic Death Metal record since a very long time. We can assure that this album kicks serious ass, but also contains tons of great hooklines and a well-balanced mixture of pure aggression and fantastic melodies made for eternity. With “Character”, the Swedish six-piece have raised the bar to an almost unreachable height for their style’s “competitors”. You will get to hear and approve it: Simply check out the new song “Through Smudged Lenses” in the download section.

Mikael Stanne (Vocals) and Niklas Sundin (Guitar) just recently visited the German Century Media office and recorded a video message for their worldwide fan base: http://www.centurymedia.de/specials/dt_greetings.rm. More...

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Tristania Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

Norwegian metal band Tristania are the latest act confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, set to be held August 18-20 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. Also set to appear at the festival are Impious, Krisiun, The Vision Bleak, Suidakra, Ektomorf, Amon Amarth, Maroon, Symphorce, Born From Pain, Endstille, Lacrimas Profundere, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, End of Green, Atrocity, Haggard, Final Breath, God Dethroned, Subway to Sally and The Bones. More confirmations will be announced during the coming days.

Tristania will support Nightwish on a 10-date run through the U.K., Belgium and Germany beginning in mid-February. A South American tour with Dark Tranquillity and Kreator will follow in March.

Tristania's new album, "Ashes", is scheduled for release on January 24, 2005 through SPV Records.

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Soilwork's Set Release Date, Tour Dates

Soilwork have set a release date for their new cd titled "Stabbing the Drama" for March 8th. Along with this new CD, Soilwork will be touring with Dark Tranquility, Mnemic, and Hypocrisy.

Tour dates are as follows:

04/05/05 BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Icon
04/05/05 CHICAGO, IL - House Of Blues
04/07/05 MILWAUKEE, WI - The Eagles Club
04/08/05 LAWRENCE, KS - Granada Theatre
04/09/05 ENGLEWOOD, CO - Gothic Theatre
04/10/05 SALT LAKE CITY, UT - Lo-Fi Café
04/12/05 SEATTLE, WA - Graceland
04/14/05 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Pound
04/15/05 ANAHEIM, CA - House Of Blues
04/16/05 HOLLYWOOD, CA - The Key Club
04/17/05 SCOTTDALE, AZ - Venue Of Scottsdale
04/19/05 AUSTIN, TX - The Back Room
04/20/05 HOUSTON, TX - Engine Room
04/22/05 COLUMBUS, OH - Al Rosa Villa
04/23/05 PHILADELPHIA, PA - Trocadero
04/26/05 ATLANTA, GA - Masquerade
04/27/05 ORLANDO, FL - The Social
04/29/05 WEST SPRINGFIELD, VA - Jaxx
04/30/05 HARTFORD, CT - Webster Theater
05/01/05 NEW YORK, NY - B.B. Kings Blues Club
05/03/05 QUEBEC CITY, QC - Le Capitole Theatre
05/04/05 MONTREAL, QC - The Medley
05/05/05 TORONTO, ON - Opera House
05/07/05 DETROIT, MI - Harpo´s Concert Theatre

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New Arch Enemy Video Posted Online

Arch Enemy's video for the track "Dead Eyes See No Future" has been posted online at this location.

"Dead Eyes See No Future" is the title track of the band's recently released EP containing a mixture of live tracks and cover versions. The CD, which was initially released in Japan only while the band were touring there a few months ago, has since been expanded with the addition of an extra live track ("Heart Of Darkness") as well as the "We Will Rise" video.

Arch Enemy will be filming their show on December 17 for a DVD that the band are planning to release in 2005. The Metal Hammer-sponsored concert, dubbed "Swedish Apocalypse", will take place at the Forum in London, U.K. Support will come from fellow Swedes The Haunted, Dark Tranquillity and Nightrage. Commented guitarist Michael Amott: "This is shaping up to be one hell of a night! This is THE dream line up of bands for any fan of the 'Swedish sound!' We can't promise that the city of London will still be there after this Swedish Apocalypse! If the show doesn't do the job, the party afterwards will! What a great way to end the year!"

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Ektomorf Reveal "Instinct" Tracklisting

Hungarian Thrashcore band Ektomorf has finished working on its forthcoming album "Instinct" (in stores: March 28th 2005). The record has once again been recorded, produced and mixed by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Mnemic, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and many more) at the Antfarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark, and contains the following tracks:

1. Set Me Free
2. Show Your Fist
3. Instinct
4. Burn
5. The Holy Noise
6. Fuck You All
7. United Nations
8. Land Of Pain
9. I Break you
10. You Get What You Give
11. Until The End
12. I Will

Ektomorf will set off for an extended european "Enemy Of God Tour 2005" together with Kreator, Dark Tranquillity and Hatesphere starting in January next year, check out the dates here.

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Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity Tour Dates Confirmed

Soilwork's upcoming North American tour with Dark Tranquillity, Hypocrisy and Mnemic has had more dates confirmed for it. Here's the updated intinerary:

April 5 Buffalo, NY @ The Buffalo Icon
April 6 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 7 Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
April 8 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
April 9 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
April 10 Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Cafe
April 12 Seattle, WA @ Graceland
April 14 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
April 15 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
April 16 West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
April 17 Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue of Scottsdale
April 19 Austin, TX @ The Back Room
April 20 Houston, TX @ Engine Room
April 22 Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
April 23 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
April 26 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
April 27 Orlando, FL @ The Social
April 29 West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 30 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
May 1 New York City, NY @ B.B. Kings Blues Club

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Dark Tranquillity To Re-Release Early CDs

Both "The Gallery" (1995) and "The Mind's I" (1997) will be re-released in special remastered deluxe editions, featuring brand new booklet layouts as well as a massive dose of hard-to-find bonus material.

During the years, we've been all too aware of the lack of availability of our earlier material in the US, and we've heard from a lot of people about how hard and frustrating it is to have to track down expensive import versions of the older albums in order to get the D.T. collections complete. We got so much positive response from old and new fans when Century Media licenced the "Skydancer" (1993) album for the US territory a couple of years ago, so it feels great to finally have "The Gallery" and "The Mind's I" enjoying proper stateside distribution as well.

For various reasons, these projects were postponed for a while, but we just heard from the labels involved that the albums will see the light of day early next year. The exact release dates will follow as soon as they're confirmed. In the meantime, here are the full tracklists including the bonus material:

The Gallery: More...

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Ektomorf Added To Kreator Euro Tour

Hungarian Hardcore/Thrash metallers Ektomorf have been confirmed as supporting act for Kreator's upcoming "Enemy Of God Tour" 2005! Other bands to join in are Dark Tranquillity and Hatesphere.

Ektomorf tour dates: More...

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New Nightrage Album "Super Heavy"

Nightrage report on their official website that the mixing of the band's new album is complete and is said to sound "super heavy." Mastering will be done next week at Tailor Maid Productions in Stockholm. A total of 13 tracks have been recorded, with 12 of them appearing on the European release. The 13th track will be a bonus for the Japanese version.

In other news, Nightrage have been confirmed to play the Hammered At X-Mas Festival in London, England on December 14 with Arch Enemy, The Haunted and Dark Tranquillity.

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Dark Tranquillity Album Tracklisting Revealed

Sweden's Dark Tranquillity have revealed the track listing and artwork for their new album, "Character", due in Europe on January 24 and North America on January 25 via Century Media Records. The band recently released an EP, entitled "Lost to Apathy," as a teaser for the upcoming full-length. It includes four songs, a video-clip (for the title track) and a screensaver.

"Character" (view cover here ) track listing: More...

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Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity, Hypocrisy To Tour

Sweden's Soilwork have confirmed via their official web site that the limited-edition European/U.S. version of their upcoming album, "Stabbing the Drama," will include a bonus track, entitled "Wherever Thorns May Grow." The Japanese edition will feature "Wherever Thorns May Grow" and an additional bonus cut by the name of "Killed by Ignition."

The follow-up to 2003's "Figure Number Five" was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro and Dug-Out Productions in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames, Stuck Mojo). A February 28, 2005 release through Nuclear Blast Records is expected.

Soilwork will be heading out on a North American tour with Dark Tranquillity and Hypocrisy beginning in April 2005. So far, only one date has been confirmed: April 29 at the Jaxx in Springfield, VA.

the limited-edition European/U.S. version of Soilwork's upcoming album, "Stabbing the Drama," will include a bonus track, entitled "Wherever Thorns May Grow." The Japanese edition will feature "Wherever Thorns May Grow" and an additional bonus cut by the name of "Killed by Ignition".

The follow-up to 2003's "Figure Number Five" was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro and Dug-Out Productions in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (Messhugah, In Flames, Stuck Mojo). A February 28, 2005 release through Nuclear Blast Records is expected.

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Dark Tranquillity Re-sign To Century Media

Melodic death sextet Dark Tranquillity - pioneers of the "Gothenburg sound," and an act hailed by Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles as "the best Swedish band on the planet" - have signed a new worldwide recording contract with Century Media Records, the label that released the band's celebrated albums "Projector," "Haven" and "Damage Done."

"We are exceptionally satisfied to announce that we've chosen to continue our cooperation with Century Media for another three albums," the band said in a written statement. "After lengthy negotiations with several prolific labels, the dotted line was finally signed and we have full confidence that we've made the right choice and that there are some excellent years ahead - both for us and for Century Media."

"Dark Tranquillity are the originators and innovators of the melodic death style and a favorite band of the Century Media staff, so we are all extremely proud to continue the professional and very successful cooperation we've managed to have with the band so far," says Leif Jensen, the label's European director of A&R.

As a precursor to the band's new album, "Character" (to be released in January), next month will see Dark Tranquillity issue a low-priced, four-song EP titled "Lost To Apathy." The title track serves as "Character"'s first single; the EP will also include the song's music video, directed by Roger Johansson (The Haunted, In Flames).

The full "Lost To Apathy" EP track listing is as follows: More...

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Dark Tranquillity Live Video Posted Online

Sweden's Dark Tranquillity have posted a snippet of their "secret" gig in Seoul, Korea on August 5. The entire show was broadcasted on Korean TV, and a clip of "Final Resistance", showing the intimate and energetic atmosphere of the gig, has been uploaded at this location (Windows Media, 17 MB).

As previously reported, Dark Tranquillity will be issuing a new EP, entitled "Lost to Apathy", on November 15 through Century Media Records. For the price of a regular single, the fans will get the following tracks and bonus features:

01. Lost to Apathy
02. Derivation TNB
03. The Endless Feed (Chaos Seed Remix)
04. Undo Control (live)
05. Lost to Apathy (video clip directed by Roger Johansson)
06. D.T. Screensaver

This single will serve to whet the fans' appetites for the group's seventh full-length offering, slated for worldwide release early next year.

Dark Tranquillity will be teaming up with long-running German thrashers Kreator for the "Enemy of God Tour 2005" beginning in February 2005. Two as-yet-announced opening acts will be added to the bill. A list of currently confirmed tour dates can be found at this location.

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