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

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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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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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Kreator, Dark Tranquillity To Team Up For Euro Tou

Long-running German thrashers Kreator will be teaming up with Sweden's Dark Tranquillity for the "Enemy of God Tour 2005" beginning in February 2005. Two as-yet-announced opening acts will be added to the bill. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Feb. 02 - Salzburg (A) Rockhouse
Feb. 03 - Zagreb (HR) Tvornica
Feb. 04 - Budapest (HU) Petöfi Hall
Feb. 05 - Wien (A) Planet Music
Feb. 06 - Graz (A) Orpheum
Feb. 07 - Llubljana (SLO) VtK
Feb. 08 - Treviso (I) New Age
Feb. 09 - Mailand (I) Rolling Stone
Feb. 10 - Montpellier (F) Rockstore
Feb. 11 - Bergara (E) Jam
Feb. 12 - Madrid (E) Arena
Feb. 13 - Barcelona (E) Razzmatazz 1
Feb. 14 - Lyon (F) Transbordeur
Feb. 15 - Paris (F) Elysee Montmatre
Feb. 16 - London (GB) Electric Ballroom
Feb. 17 - Antwerpen (B) Hof ter Lo
Feb. 18 - Tilburg (NL) O13
Feb. 19 - Osnabrück (D) Dütehalle/Georgsmarinenhütte
Feb. 20 - Oberhausen (D) T-Club Turbinenhalle
Feb. 21 - Langen (D) Stadthalle
Feb. 23 - Stuttgart (D) Longhorn
Feb. 24 - Nürnberg (D) Hirsch
Feb. 25 - Pratteln (CH) Z7
Feb. 26 - Kaufbeuren (D) Zeppelinhalle
Feb. 27 - Glauchau (D) Alte Spinnerei
Feb. 28 - Berlin (D) Columbiaclub
Mar. 01 - Hannover (D) Faust
Mar. 02 - Hamburg (D) Markthalle
Mar. 03 - Göteborg (S) Musikens Hus
Mar. 04 - Oslo (NO) Betong
Mar. 05 - Stockholm (S) Klubben

As previously reported, Kreator have set "Enemy of God" as the title of their new album, due in Europe and South America on January 10 and North America on January 11 via SPV Records. A limited-edition version of the CD will come with a bonus DVD containing a "making of" documentary and video clips. Artwork duties will be handled by Austrian artist Jochim Luetke (www.luetke.com). Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott makes a guest appearaonce on lead guitar on the track "Murder Fantasies".

The follow-up to 2001's "Violent Revolution" was recorded and mixed at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Skinlab, Nevermore), and was previously described by Kreator mainman Mille Petrozza as "pure brutal thrash! Tons of fast shit, sick solos, aggro riffing... I am really psyched about the new shit. Can't wait to hear what [the fans] think about it..."

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Dark Tranquillity To Release EP In November

Dark Tranquillity will be releasing the “Lost to Apathy" EP on November 15 via Century media. For the mere price of a regular single, you get the following tracks:

- Lost to apathy
- Derivation TNB
- The endless feed (chaos seed remix)
- Undo control (live)
- Lost to apathy (video clip)
- D.T. screensaver

This single serves to wet your appetites for the upcoming 7th full length offering, set for worldwide release in the near future.

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Dark Tranquillity Appearance Cancelled

Sweden's Dark Tranquillity have posted the following message on their official web site:

Some bad news — we just received information that the Metal Monster festival, on the 9th of October in Istanbul, was cancelled by the promoter earlier today. We're very disappointed by this and want to make it clear that the cancellation was the decision of the festival organizers and not the bands involved. We were very much looking forward to playing in Turkey again for the first time since 2001, and hopefully we can schedule a new gig a.s.a.p.

On a brighter note, the video clip for 'Lost to Apathy' is progressing very nicely. Have a look at some photos from yesterday's shoot here.

"Lost to Apathy" will be the first single off the band's upcoming studio album, tentatively due before the end of the year. "While it's too early to reveal any details, the end result promises to be a very different and unique piece of mayhem," a posting on the band's web site reads.

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Dark Traquillity Work On New Video

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have begun work on a video clip for the song "Lost to Apathy" with director Roger Johansson. "Lost to Apathy" will be the first single off the band's upcoming studio album, tentatively due before the end of the year. "While it's too early to reveal any details, the end result promises to be a very different and unique piece of mayhem," a posting on the band's web site reads.

In other news, DARK TRANQUILLITY have confirmed a headlining gig in Istanbul, Turkey on October 9.

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Dark Tranquillity Premiere New Songs At Busan Rock

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY premiered two brand-new songs — "Through Mud Eyes/Lens" and "Blunt Force" — during their appearance at the fourth annual Busan Rock Festival on Friday August 6) in Busan, South Korea.

According to one concert attendee, "DARK TRANQUILLITY did a cool thing. When the Korean record company officials wanted to close the line for autographs, they refused. The band's manager (big guy/tubby with long hair, a beard and a DT girlie t-shirt — a site to behold!) convinced the Busan Rock employee to keep the line open. Sadly, a whole bunch of people were directed to the tour bus. I tried to explain that the line re-opened. Hopefully, a few people understood."

DARK TRANQUILLITY have completed recording and mixing their new album, tentatively due later in the year.

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In Flames And The Haunted To Headline Benefit Show

In Flames, The Haunted, Hypocrisy, Lost Horizon and Nifelheim will join forces for a special benefit show, 200 000 Decibel, at Trägårn in Gothenburg, Sweden on September 2. The objective is to raise 200 000 SEK (approximately $27,000) in order to help the founder of the Swedish festival 2000 Decibel.

For the past five years, Lennart Larsson has organized 2000 Decibel, a festival devoted solely to Swedish hard rock and metal. This year's edition was held on May 21-22 and featured a strong line-up, including The Haunted, Hypocrisy, Notre Dame, Cans, Dark Tranquillity, Vintersorg and Pain Of Salvation. Due to stiff competition and extremely bad weather, fewer people than expected turned up and Lennart Larsson lost 200 000 SEK on the event.

The initiative for 200 000 Decibel came from Swedish rock journalist Martin Carlsson. In a column in the newspaper GT, he urged established metal bands to unite for a benefit show, 200 000 Decibel.

"No one has done as much for Swedish hard rock and metal as Lennart Larsson, he started the first metal fanzine in Sweden, Heavy Metal Massacre, in the early Eighties and was the first Swede to interview Metallica. He was one of the reasons why I became a rock journalist in the first place and he's been a great inspiration to the country's hard rock scene for two decades. The mere fact that Lennart has put on a metal festival dedicated to only Swedish bands in a small town in the middle of nowhere shows just how passionate he is about this kind of music." - said Carlsson.

"This is something that people often talk about — helping other people out — but in the end nothing happens. I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and contacted Edward Janson at the concert agency Motor and local promoter Per Carlsson at PK Musik. Together we’ve put together a bill that is a fine representation of what the Swedish metal scene has to offer. 200 000 Decibel marks In Flames' last performance on home turf this year. Neither Hypocrisy nor Nifelheim have ever performed in Gothenburg. Both The Haunted and Lost Horizon play their hometown for the first time since the return of their original members, vocalist Peter Dolving and guitarist Wojtek Lisicki, respectively. It's fantastic that everyone involved, including the bands, is doing this for free to help out a great guy in need."

"It'd be a real shame if 2000 Decibel went under, because it's one of Sweden's best and nicest festivals," said The Haunted guitarist Patrik Jensen. "Lennart Larsson's interest in and support of Swedish hard rock is unparalleled and therefore if feels great that we can help the festival get back on track again."

Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday July 21 through www.ticnet.se.

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Dark Tranquillity Studio Update

DARK TRANQUILLITY vocalist Mikael Stanne has posted the following studio report on the group's official web site:

"Just wanted to stop by and give you guys an update on what's going on in the studio:

"We are nearing the completion of this our seventh album. Anders [Jivarp, drums] has been true to form and blasted his way through the songs with surgical precision as usual. Michael [Niklasson] laid down some bass devastation the other day with furious gut-deforming lows and ear-denying highs as a result. Martin [Henriksson] and Niklas [Sundin] have shredded above and beyond the call of duty once more with the rhythm guitars and are ready to further cast their spells in the form of leads and solos this week. Martin [Brändström] is at the moment locked away at an undisclosed location brewing up potions of electronic wizardry, soon to be combined into a most volatile mix of metal."

"Myself, I have been shackled in the vocal booth for most of this week and I will remain there for a few more days. We couldn't be more satisfied with the way things are going and cannot wait to inflict our pain onto others."

"Things are looking dark, and we love it."

For some photos from the recording session at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, click here.

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Dark Tranquillity Release DVD

Swedish Melodic Death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY's first DVD ever is now available in US. It features the full October 7th 2002 gig in Poland, bootleg songs recorded in Germany, Greece and France, videoclips and lots of other cool stuff. Also includes an interview with vocalist Mikael Stanne. Online stores that sell the DVD can be found at: http://www.dark-tranquillity.nl

Also both "The gallery" (1995) and "The mind's I" (1997) albums 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.

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