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Date d'inscription : 03/01/2006

MessageSujet: Leur histoire   Ven 14 Sep - 11:00

In the mid-1990s, Dark Tranquillity pioneered the melodeath scene (aka the Gothenburg sound) and following some experiments with electronica and mellow rock metal, the band has subdued to aggressive thrash-metal, which finally resulted in commercial success.

The earliest indices of the band can however be traced back to 1989, when singer Anders Fridén, lead-guitarist Niklas Sundin, rhythm-guitarist Mikael Stanne, bassist Martin Henriksson and drummer Anders Jivarp founded Septic Broiler that relied on regular thrash-metal.

In 1990, the band cut the demo cassette Enfeebled Earth They soon changed its name to Dark Tranquillity and turned to non-linear deathmetal.

In 1991, they recorded Trail of Life Decayed (Recorded and mixed at Studio Soundscape, produced by Dark Tranquillity, Dragan Tanascovic and Stefan Lindgren)

In 1992, Dark Tranquillity issued the 7" EP A Moonclad Reflection (recorded and mixed at Studio Soundscape, January/February 1992. Produced by Dark Tranquillity, Dragan Tanascovic and Stefan Lindgren) A total of 1500 copies were printed. The first edition with the Slaughter records logo, the second edition with the Exhumed productions logo) However, the music subsequently began to focus on dueling guitar harmonies and complex song structures combined with an intense aural assault rooted in the thrash tradition of the 1980s, although approaching elements from NWOBHM and melodic death-metal, which was dubbed melodeath.

In 1993, the band recorded Skydancer (recorded and mixed at Studio Soundscape, May/June '93. Produced by Dark Tranquillity, Dragan Tanascovic and Stefan Lindgren) which was guested by singer Anna-Kajsa Avehall).

In 1994, Fridén left Dark Tranquillity, while Stanne took over the role as singer in the band and they employed guitarist Fredrik Johansson.
In 1995 they released Of Chaos And Eternal Night. Tracks 1-3 recorded and mixed at Studio
Fredman, Gothenburg, October/November '94. Produced by Dark Tranquillity and Fredrik
Nordström. Track 4 taken from "Skydancer", recorded at Studio Soundscape in June '93,
remixed with new vocals at Studio Bohus, Kungälv, October '94. Produced by Dark Tranquillity
and Dragan Tanascovic.

In 1995 Dark Tranquillity recorded The Gallery (Recorded and mixed at Studio Fredman, April/May 1995. Produced by Dark Tranquillity and Fredrik Nordström) Fredrik Nordström also acted as the studio keyboarder, while the album was moreover guested by the backing vocalists Eva-Marie Larsson. The album resulted in huge success on the underground scene.

In the summer of 1996 they recorded and mixed the MCD Enter Suicidal Angels at Studio Fredman, during the session for "The mind's I". Produced by Dark Tranquillity and Fredrik

In 1996, the band recorded the Nordström-produced The Mind´s I (recorded and mixed in Studio Fredman in the summer of 1996. Produced by Dark Tranquillity and Fredrik Nordström) on which Fredrik Nordström furthermore provided the keyboards. The album was guested by the backing vocalists Anders Fridén, Michael Nicklasson, and Sara Svensson. This effort achieved success as well.

In 1999, Dark Tranquillity released Projector (recorded and mixed at Studio Fredman, September 1998. Produced by Dark Tranquillity and Fredrik Nordströmwhich, guested by singer Johanna Andersson) The album experimented with electronic elements and an equivalent distance to melodeath, while Stanne occasionally sang with an extremely tearful voice. The album was met with scepticism from their hardcore fans, but gained quite a new fans as well. Johansson left Dark Tranquillity, and bassist Michael Nicklasson and keyboarder Martin Brändström were recruited, while Henriksson switched to the guitar.

In 2000, the band released Haven (recorded and mixed at Studio Fredman, March/April 2000. Produced by Dark Tranquillity and Fredrik Nordström) which showed an extended use of
electronic elements and a further distance to melodeath in favour of straight-forward heavy metal. Stanne on the other hand sang scarcely as varied as on its predecessor. The album was met with positive response from the press and their fans.

In 2002 their latest album Damage Done was released. (Recorded at Studio Fredman during February and March 2002 (produced by Dark Tranquillity and Fredrik Nordström. Engineered by Fredrik Nordström and Patrik J. Sten. Mastered by Göran Finnberg at The Mastering Room) Damage Done is more technical and intense in feel; a direct and solid sound, yet with lots of complex arrangements and sonic structures emerging from below the surface. While not by any means being a sheepish “back to the roots” album, some of the aggressive aesthetics present in Dark Tranquillity’s earlier work have resurfaced, giving birth to some faster passages, pounding and inherently catchy throughout.

In September 2003 the DVD Live Damage was released (recorded at Krzemionki Studio TVP, Kraków, Poland - October 7, 2002 and produced by Tomasz Pomaranski) It contains more then 3 hours of live footage, promo video's, interview and much more.

On May 24th 2004 the double CD, Exposures: In Retrospect And Denial was released. CD 1 is pretty much divided into 2 sections; the very hard to get albums "Trail Of Life Decayed" (demo 1991), and "A Moonclad Reflection" EP (1992), and a couple of songs that were recorded during the studio sessions for their last three albums, but did not make it to the final
cut of the albums. "Exposures..." comes packaged with an extensive 20-page booklet filled to the rim with exclusive photos from all stages of the band's career as well as liner notes from noted music journalist Chris Dick (, a initiated long-time observer of the scene.

On November 15th 2004, Dark Tranquillity's 3rd EP Lost To Apathy was released, offering a taste of what is to be expected on their 7th full length CD called Character. The EP contains 4 audio tracks, a slideshow screensaver (featuring live shots of the bands performances earlier this year) and the video clip for "Lost To Apathy" (produced by Roger Johansson, whose previous credits include The Haunted, In Flames and Hammerfall)

On January 24th 2005, Character was released (recorded at Studio Fredman and produced by Fredrik Nordström) Although it's an album with a "The Minds I" approach, Character is by no means a step back for the Swedes. On the contrary, it is a big leap ahead. Overlapping the “classic” sound with new, progressive ones, they have given its fans the best of both worlds. Speed, aggression, melody, intelligent lyrics, stellar musicianship and accessibility are combined on one jaw-dropping album, giving "Character" the ability to rank among the all-time favorites of old fans and undoubtedly bring them legions of new ones, as well!

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