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Formed: 1998
From: Helsingborg, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Darkane News

Below is our complete Darkane 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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Darkane Writing New Material, Working on Live DVD

Darkane has checked in with the following update:

"Darkane are writing new material and building our new studio from scratch. We've found a great place in an old Slaughter house. Photos from the studio building will be up soon. We aim to record our sixth album during the upcoming summer. We are also still working on having our live DVD released pretty soon, but unfortunately it takes a serious amount of time. Please check back regarding that.

"Peter [Wildoer, drums] has recently recorded the drums for the new solo album of James LaBrie (Dream Theater). That album will be brutal, so go check it out when its released.

"If you have facebook you can add Christofer [Malmström, guitar] at: Christofer at facebook

"Stay brutal!"

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Parsifall Confirmed For Kaltenback Open Air 2010

German metal band PARSIFALL has been confirmed for Kaltenbach Open Air 2010, which takes place on July 17 in Austria. Here's a statement from the band:

"We're proud to announce that we've been confirmed for this year's Kaltenbach Open Air in Austria! It'll be our pleasure to burn the stage with extreme metal masters such as DYING FETUS, DARK FUNERAL, ABORTED, DARKANE, GOD DETHRONED and many more! This is our return to our label’s home country Austria since one and a half years. To all the Austrian Fans we gained back then in late fall 2008 on tour with Darkfall we can only give the advice to show up and go crazy together with the band!"

In the meantime, check out the band on their MySpace page.

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Darkane Posts Live Video Clip Online

Darkane has posted a live video clip of their performance of the song "Fading Dimensions," which took place in Rochester, NY. The video can be viewed here.

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Darkane Recaps Soilwork Tour

Darkane has issued the following update:

"We're back in Sweden from what we believe was a very successful tour in North America together with Soilwork, Warbringer and Swallow the Sun. Thanks a lot to the other bands, crew and all the fans that showed up and made us feel welcome. Playing 50 shows in 52 days was kinda tough but we're very happy we managed to pull it through without any bigger issues. Now we are focusing on writing new material for the next album but before that we have a show at The Tivoli in our home town Helsingborg tomorrow (Saturday April 4th), and then we have the Roskilde festival and Nuclear Assault festival booked for this summer, and hopefully more will show up. Next week Peter Wildoer will head out on a European tour with Pestilence for three weeks."

"I am also very proud to announce that I am now officially endorsed by Steve Clayton guitar picks. I have been using Clayton pics (1.26 mm) since the middle of the nineties. Since Darkanes music is based on accurate playing I need a pick that feels steady and that I can count on when I hit my strings very hard. With the Clayton picks I get a very good and reliable grip allowing me to alter between fast and rhythmic playing without having to think about what my right hand is doing. See you out there!"

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Darkane Guitarist Gives Tour Update

Darkane guitarist Christofer Malmström has issued the following update from the road:

"Metalheads! Here’s Christofer with an update from the road! We are cruising towards San Francisco as I write this. Such beautiful sights outside the bus windows!!! The tour is still going very well for DARKANE, although we’ve had some serious problems with illness and everybody except for [vocalist] Jens [Broman] is in a pretty bad shape right now. After [2nd guitarist] Klas [Ideberg] left us in Mokena we were joined by great guitar shredder Toby Knapp, but unfortunately he also got ill and had to leave the tour after nine shows. Thanks Toby, you did a great job!!! We have now decided to do this tour as a four piece unit, and it’s working out pretty well I must say.

"We did 9 shows in snowy Canada, and the audience has been great all the way. We have played pretty weird places such as a campus and a roller skating rink, but wherever we’ve been, we’ve felt very welcome! Now we are looking forward to do the West Coast and get some warm air in our sore throats.

"That’s it for now! Take care and if we haven’t met yet, go check the shows out! We have about three weeks left on this tour!"

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Darkane Comments On "Demonic Art" Success

Swedish band Darkane has issued the following statement about the success of their latest album "Demonic Art:"

"DARKANE’s fifth studio album, Demonic Art, has sold over 640 copies according to Nielsen Soundscan in the first week of release and landed at #104 on the Billboard Heatseekers (Top New Artist) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. With over 240 digital sales of Demonic Art, the total number of albums sold during the first week of release registers over 880 copies.

“We are very happy to have landed on the Billboard charts for the first time in our career! Thanks to everybody who has bought the album so far. This feels great and hopefully the huge North American tour that we are doing right now will make more people know about us. The tour has been very successful so far and we still have about 5 weeks left. If you haven’t bought the album yet, please go get it. DARKANE is here to stay!”

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Guitarist Toby Knapp Comments On Darkane Tour

Toby Knapp has issued the following statement regarding joining Darkane for an upcoming tour:

"Today I am finishing up the final song I am to learn before I join Sweden's Darkane midway through their US/CANADIAN tour in support of Soilwork Feb 22. It is a nervous excitement as the first time I perform with them will be on a stage before an audience. The music is intricate, fast and disciplined- I usually am the only guitarist in a group situation, which allows the freedom to improvise on riffs every show, as with Onward. However, this is a great challenge and just what I need, discipline. I hope to return from the tour a better musician. Cases of beer will be replaced with a bag of books this time around. I am understanding something that I can no longer deny, every action has an equal and opposite reaction, the Universe does not forget. Prior to the Darkane opportunity I was preparing myself to join Mayhem, at least for a few shows. I practiced hard, for hours on the highly technical music. However, logistics prevented that from coming to pass. Within a week from receiving the news from Mayhem they had voted on using a Norwegian guitarist, I was already practicing for the Darkane opportunity- which did come to pass along with the European re-issue of my last solo album "Misanthropy Divine" and the invitation to contribute to the Shredguy Records compilation "Shredding across the World vol. 2". Going back further in time, I was approached by Vital Remains. I learned the material they requested and had it to them immediately. Their response "you make it look easy, but we'll keep in touch bro"........Dave Suzuki was in the band again, I have no idea what that was all about. Again, opportunity knocked from Vital Remains co-founder, vocalist Jeff Gruslin of Godless Rising. I figured I had been recommended to him, nope. Coincidence. I joined as guitarist/writer and we have had a good working relationship and the result "Trumpet Of Triumph" will arrive in 2009 on Moribund Records. More...

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Darkane Issues Pre-tour Update

Guitarist Christofer Malmström of the Swedish metal band DARKANE has issued the following update:

"I realized that it's only 3.5 weeks left until we leave for our massive U.S. tour with SOILWORK, DAYLIGHT DIES, WARBRINGER and SWALLOW THE SUN. This tour will be interesting. We will play two shows, then have a day off, and then play like 35 days in a row without a break. I hope everyone will stay healthy because this will be rough. Then we have a day off again. All in all, we are going to play 50 shows in 52 days. 41 shows in the U.S. and nine in Canada. But the bottom line is that we are all looking forward to this VERY much!" More...

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Old Man's Child To Release New Album In 2009

Old Man's Child has issued the following update about the recording of their new album:

Norwegian melodic Black Metal masters OLD MAN'S CHILD are back at last...and with a vengeance!

The band led by guitarist /vocalistGalder (also in Dimmu Borgir) just returned to their Norwegian home from a trip to Gothenburg / Sweden, where the band spent some weeks laying down the new unholy compositions at Studio Fredman with Fredrik Nordström (Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, In Flames, etc.), who had previously worked with the band on their "In Defiance Of Existence" (2003) and "Vermin"(2005) albums.

The new OMC studio album's title has not yet been revealed, but the release will feature Peter Wildoer (Darkane, ex-Arch Enemy, Pestilence, etc.) on drums and having freshly finished his takes for the total of 9classy new songs, here is Peter's comment on the material and the recording session:

"After having being asked to be part of the new OMC album, I obviously went back and listened to the previous releases of the band, so I now am able to say that in my opinion, these new 9 songs are the best material I have heard of the band so far. There is a lot of more variety going on and the album will sound bigger than any other OMC record before. More...

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Darkane Forced to Cancel Italy Date

Darkane posted the following update on their web site:

"We're back from a great tour in Switzerland. Thanks a lot to Vincent Dévaud from The Best of Underground for great organizing! Switzerland is a beautiful country and driving around in the Alps was really inspiring, along with meeting the fans during the shows. Thanks to everybody who showed up!

"Next up is the Italian tour next weekend. Unfortunately one date has been cancelled since the club has closed down. The date that won't happen is: Nov. 22 - Rock House - Pescara. Now, Darkane is available to play November 22nd in Italy, so if you're running a club and are interested give us a message at contact@darkane.com."

Here are the upcoming Darkane tour dates:

Italian tour w/ Subliminal Crusher 2008
Nov. 20 Init - Rome
Nov. 21 Comunita’ Giovanile - Busto Arsizio
Nov. 23 Iroko Content - Salerno More...

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Darkane Reveals "Demonic Art" Cover

The fifth Darkane album, entitled "Demonic Art," will be released via Massacre Records (licensed by Nuclear Blast) in Europe October 24th. If you haven't seen the last video blog from the recording, you can check it now. The video also features a sample of a new song.

The cover artwork, made by Fredrik Ödman (also on Layers of Lies) can be seen at this link.

This is the final track listing for "Demonic Art":

1. Variations of an Eye Crush (instrumental)
2. Leaving Existence
3. Demonic Art
4. Absolution
5. Execution 44
6. Impetious Constant Chaos
7. Demigod
8. Soul Survivor
9. The Killing of I
10. Wrong Grave (instrumental)
11. Still in Progress
12. Wrath Connection

"Demonic Art" will also see its North American release in January 2009. The exact date is not set, but it will be out in stores in time for a massive North American tour together with Soilwork, Warbringer and Swallow the Sun. A list of tour dates can be found at this location.

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Soilwork Announces North American Tour

Sweden’s melodic death/thrash champions, SOILWORK, will return to North American shores once more starting in late January. After a successful arena tour with LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and DEVILDRIVER, followed by a direct support slot to THROWDOWN, the band will tour once again with a proper headlining tour. The two month endeavor promises to leave almost no stone unturned and to deliver what the fans have been waiting for over a year now, a longer SOILWORK set.

Joining them will be their good friends in DARKANE (Sweden), new-wave-of-old-school-thrashers WARBRINGER (U.S.A.), and the new kings of melodic doom/death SWALLOW THE SUN (Finland). Confirmed tour dates so far are as follows: More...

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Darkane Signs European Deal with Massacre

Swedish thrash metal band DARKANE with their new frontman Jens Broman (ex-The Defaced) has signed a European deal with Massacre Records. The band's fifth album, "Demonic Art," will be unleashed October 24th and will be available as limited Digipak format with exclusive bonus material.

The tracklisting for "Demonic Art" is as follows:

1. Variations Of An Eyerush
2. Leaving Existence
3. Demonic Art
4. Absolution
5. Execution
6. Impetious Constant Chaos
7. Demigod
8. Soul Survivor
9. The Killing Of I
10. Wrong Grave
11. Still In Progress
12. Wrath Connection

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Darkane Posts Eighth And Final Studio Diary

The eighth installment of DARKANE's Video Studio Diary is online. In this studio diary, Guitarist Christofer Malmstrom and Drummer Peter Wildoer discuss the completion of the new album, "Demonic Art," and gives all DARKANE fans a song preview from the upcoming album. More...

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Darkane Reveals "Demonic Art" Tracklisting

Swedish thrashers DARKANE have issued the following update:

"Finally the mixing of [the new DARKANE album] 'Demonic Art' is completed and the album is being mastered right now. 12 songs ended up on the final version, with about 48 minutes of pure aggressive, brutal, melodic, modern, technical, furious, fast, heavy and insane thrash metal! We are very proud of this album and we know for sure that if you liked what we've done before you won't be disappointed in any way this time either. DARKANE has developed in a way that hopefully will give us new fans as well, not meaning that we've turned softer or more mainstream... just better! ...and more humble."

This is the final track listing for Darkane's "Demonic Art":

1. Variations of an Eye Crush (instrumental)
2. Leaving Existence
3. Demonic Art
4. Absolution
5. Execution 44
6. Impetious Constant Chaos
7. Demigod
8. Soul Survivor
9. The Killing of I
10. Wrong Grave (instrumental)
11. Still in Progress
12. Wrath Connection

"We also have another song for the Japanese edition called 'Reborn In Greed' (as you know by now they always require an extra track).

"This upcoming Friday, we are going to play our dear hometown Helsingborg again together with SOILWORK and other great bands. We are going to play 'Leaving Existence' from the new album for the first time. The show will be held at Gröningen and since it's a part of our town festival there's no entrance fee.

"In other news, DARKANE are very impressed by this guy playing our song 'Secondary Effects' on his own created Guitar Hero: Metal Edition! Check out the video below. This is a custom game for Guitar Hero II on the PS2. He created a full game including 64 songs by metal bands who have never been in Guitar Hero before, new pictures for every menu screen, and even some new characters.

"To play this game, you must follow the instructions given on the Guitar Hero: Metal Edition website, and then play the burned disk in a modded PS2. If you're into Guitar Hero, and into metal, this game is crammed full of songs you'll love playing. Here's the link." More...

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Mixing Sessions For New Darkane Album Delayed

Swedish death / thrash metal band Darkane has stated the mixing sessions will be delayed for their upcoming album. The band released the following statement on their MySpace:

"The mixing progress has been a little delayed due to circumstances beyond our control, but Peter has now set a very good, tight and aggressive soundto the album, and we are looking to finish the mixing any day now... or week."

The band also issued an update about a free upcoming show:

"If you live in the south of Sweden you should make sure to see us in Helsingborg at the Helsingborg Festivalen July 25th together with other bands such as Soilwork etc. There's no fee and Darkane will play on Gröningen at 19:00. Be there!"

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Darkane Announce New Album Title

Guitarist Christofer Malmström of the Swedish thrashers DARKANE has issued the following update from the recording sessions for the group's new studio album, due later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records:

"Here's the sixth video blog. It includes the recording of the bass and some guitar solos. Enjoy! Also, we have now decided to name the album 'Demonic Art' after one of the songs. The lyrics are based on the same theme as on 'Organic Canvas' (from our previous album 'Layers of Lies'), about an individual planning his next exhibition of flesh.

"Here are a few more song titles:

* Variations of an Eye Crush (intro)
* Still in Progress
* Leaving Existence
* Exectution 44
* The Killing of I
* Sole Survivor
* Absolution
* Wrong Grave (instrumental)
* Wrath Connection
* Demigod More...

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Darkane Post Studio Video Diary Part 5 Online

Guitarist Christofer Malmström of the Swedish thrashers DARKANE has issued the following update from the recording sessions for the group's new studio album, due later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records:

"Welcome to the fifth video blog post. Thanks to you who have followed us so far!"

"This post differs a little from earlier posts since I got so tired of us being filmed in the same room over and over, so I decided to take our great camera guy Per out to show you what our hometown Helsingborg looks like."

"If you are a fan of DARKANE/ SOILWORK/ THE DEFACED/ TERROR 2000 or any other Helsingborg-based band you might enjoy seeing what the streets look like where we wandered around as teenagers dreaming of playing the big stages. So this is not an ordinary video blog post with us working in the studio. More studio footage will come up soon for sure. And... if you see anything in my car that is not metal... I can only blame my wife!" More...

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Darkane Post Studio Video Diary Part 4 Online

Drummer Peter Wildoer of the Swedish thrashers DARKANE has issued the following update from the recording sessions for the group's new studio album, due later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records:

"So the fourth video diary is done. It includes the rhythm guitar recording and all that goes along with that. An in-depth explanation of what equipment we used as well as some furious riffs by Klas [Ideberg, guitar] and Christofer [Malmström, guitar]. Hope this makes you all excited for the upcoming CD!

"As I said in an earlier blog, we're a bit behind with the video diaries than what's actually happening in the studio. So today we finished the vocal recordings and we're very happy with the result! Jens [Broman] has done a tremendous job and puts a new dimension to the DARKANE sound. He has nailed 12 songs and has delivered greatly on all of them. Most likely is that 10 songs end up on the CD and two songs will be used for limited versions and such. Also almost all guitar solos are done. I guess Christofer and Klas have two more solos each to record. This will be done during the next couple of days. The solos so far sound great! Tomorrow I will start preparing for the mix and will start mixing the drums later this week, looking forward to that a lot. We have 36 channels of drums so there will be lots to do, ha ha!"

Watch the fourth studio diary video blog here. More...

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Darkane Guitarist Christopher Malstrom Checks In

DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström has posted this message on his MySpace page:


As you might know by now DARKANE is recording our fifth yet untitled album. We've been living in the studio for about five weeks now, and hopefully everything will be recorded and ready to be mixed when this week is over. We have a guy named Per following every step we take in the studio with a video camera and putting up video diary blogs every now and then, along with studio reports from Peter Wildoer (drums). So far three of them are up and the fourth (including guitar recording) will be up later this week. Check them out at Darkane.com. Our forum is also back online, so feel free to pay a visit and discuss the video blogs or anything else regarding DARKANE.

Jens (Broman) is recording the vocals this week and I will probably record my last three solos tomorrow. I've got a new Ibanez guitar last week. This time it's a RG2610 BK Prestige, and I really love it! It's a little cheaper version of the RG3120 with only one humbucker pickup and no tone control or switch... but who needs that when it's METAL!! I like it a lot and will probably use it as my main live guitar from now on.

Speaking of live, when the mixing is done we are gonna take a trip to beautiful Chicago IL and play the Chicago Powerfest (May 2-3) together with bands such as TESTAMENT and ICED EARTH. We are really looking forward to this! See you there!

So take a look at the DARKANE video diaries and tell all your friends about them.

I'm about to watch the soccer game between Brazil and Sweden now. I know we will lose but I've bet money on Sweden to win just for the sake of it... I'm not a good gambler.

See you!"

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