Dark Tranquillity

Dark Tranquillity

Dark Tranquillity playing live at Summer Breeze Open Air 2007, with former bassist Michael Niklasson on the left and the singer Mikael Stanne on the right
Background information
Origin Billdal, Sweden
Genres Melodic death metal
Years active 1989–present
Labels Century Media, Osmose, Spinefarm
Associated acts In Flames, HammerFall, All Ends, Soilwork, Dimension Zero, Theatre of Tragedy, Solution .45, Lucyfire
Website darktranquillity.com
Mikael Stanne
Niklas Sundin
Martin Henriksson
Anders Jivarp
Martin Brändström
Daniel Antonsson
Past members
Anders Fridén
Fredrik Johansson
Mikael Niklasson

Dark Tranquillity is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg. They are one of the longest-standing bands from the original Gothenburg metal scene, and are one of the most integral pioneers of the melodic death metal genre of music.



Skydancer (1989–1993)

Dark Tranquillity was formed in 1989 by vocalist and guitarist Mikael Stanne & guitarist Niklas Sundin, who looked at their influences and then decided to form their own band under the name Septic Broiler. Not long after, three additional members, Anders Fridén, Anders Jivarp and Martin Henriksson, joined the line-up.

In 1990, the band recorded a demo cassette tape entitled Enfeebled Earth before they would change their name to Dark Tranquillity and change their musical style. It was followed by multiple demos, and in 1993, Skydancer was released. Soon after, Anders Fridén, Dark Tranquillity's main vocalist at the time, left the band and later joined In Flames. Co-founder, guitarist, and back-up vocalist, Mikael Stanne, then became the lead vocalist, and Fredrik Johansson was recruited to take over rhythm guitar duties.

The Gallery, The Mind's I and Projector (1993–1999)

In 1995 the second full length album The Gallery was released, often referred to as the masterpiece of the era. The release, which saw a change in sound but kept the characteristics essential in the band's melodic death metal sound, such as growled vocals, abstract riffing, acoustic passages, and a female guest vocalist.

The third album; The Mind's I was released in 1997.

Projector was released in late 1998. It became the fourth output from the band, and was later nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award, and saw a major change in songwriting. While retaining growled vocals and their signature death metal sound, pianos, baritone soft vocals, and verse-chorus fashion song structures were now integral parts of Dark Tranquillity's sound, reflecting the band's goal to strive for different musical expressions.

After the recording of Projector Fredrik Johansson was asked to leave as he started to lack devotion to the band, stemming from being a parent and keeping a day job.

Haven (2000-2001)

A year later saw the release of Haven, which introduced the addition of electric keyboard sounds, but also saw the abandonment of the newly adopted clean vocal stylings in favor of an overall heavier sound. By this time, Martin Brändström had joined for keyboard duties, and Michael Nicklasson had replaced Martin Henriksson on bass, with Henriksson becoming the band's second guitarist.

During their 2001 tour the Band Hired Robin Engström as a session musician because Jivarp became a father.

Damage Done and Character (2002–2006)

Dark Tranquillity released Damage Done in 2002, and was intended to be a step in a much heavier direction, adding thicker guitar distortion, deep atmospheric keyboards, and abandoning soft vocals altogether. They released the music video for the single Monochromatic Stains, followed by their release of Live Damage, their first live DVD.

Character was the seventh release from Dark Tranquillity, released in 2005, and was held in much critical praise. It featured the third music video released by Dark Tranquillity, with the successful single Lost to Apathy.

Fiction and We Are the Void (2007 onward)

In 2007, Fiction was released, which in turn, saw a return of Mikael Stanne's clean vocals, and the first female guest vocalist since Projector. The album also saw writing style that combined the stylings of Projector and Haven, with the more aggressive traits of Character and Damage Done. At this time, Dark Tranquillity toured with The Haunted, Into Eternity, and Scar Symmetry for the North America Metal For The Masses Tour.[1] They returned to the U.S. during the Spring of 2008 with Arch Enemy. They have also toured the UK in early 2008 along with Omnium Gatherum. On October 26, 2009 they released a DVD titled Where Death Is Most Alive. On October 30, 2009 at the release party of the DVD 333 copies were given away for free of the rare live album The Dying Fragments. On the band's official website they announced that bass guitarist Mikael Niklasson left the band in August 2008 due to personal reasons with no hard feelings between him and the band. On September 19, the band found a new bassist in Dimension Zero guitarist Daniel Antonsson, who also was a guitarist for Soilwork. May 25, 2009, saw reissues of Projector, Haven, and Damage Done.

In October 2009, Dark Tranquillity finished work on their 9th studio album, We Are the Void, scheduled for release on March 1, 2010 in Europe and March 2, 2010, in the USA.[2] On December 21, 2009, Dark Tranquillity released the song "Dream Oblivion"[citation needed] and on January 14, 2010, they released the song "At the Point of Ignition"[citation needed] from their new album We Are the Void exclusively on their MySpace page. They were also the opening act for a US winter tour that was headlined by Killswitch Engage along with The Devil Wears Prada. Then in February 2011 for the first time they performed at a cultural fest of BITS campus in Hyderabad, India. This was their first ever performance in India.

Dark Tranquillity announced a headline tour in summer 2010 with Threat Signal, Mutiny Within and The Absence.[3]


Throughout their 20 years active Dark Tranquillity have had only three line-up changes, and four of the original members are still in the band today: vocalist Mikael Stanne, guitarist Niklas Sundin, guitarist-bassist Martin Henriksson, and drummer Anders Jivarp.

Dark Tranquillity's line-ups
  • Anders Fridén – vocals
  • Niklas Sundin – guitar
  • Mikael Stanne – guitar
  • Fredrik Johansson – guitar
  • Martin Henriksson – bass
  • Anders Jivarp – drums
  • Mikael Stanne – vocals
  • Niklas Sundin – guitar
  • Fredrik Johansson – guitar
  • Martin Henriksson – bass
  • Anders Jivarp – drums
  • Mikael Stanne – vocals
  • Niklas Sundin – guitar
  • Fredrik Johansson – guitar
  • Martin Henriksson – bass
  • Anders Jivarp – drums
  • Martin Brändström – keyboards
  • Mikael Stanne – vocals
  • Niklas Sundin – guitar
  • Martin Henriksson – guitar
  • Mikael Niklasson – bass
  • Anders Jivarp – drums
  • Martin Brändström – keyboards
  • Mikael Stanne – vocals
  • Niklas Sundin – guitar
  • Martin Henriksson – guitar
  • Daniel Antonsson – bass
  • Anders Jivarp – drums
  • Martin Brändström – keyboards

Current members

Name Instrument Membership Additional information
Mikael Stanne vocals since 1989 Main writer of lyrics. Also played guitar 1989–1994.
Martin Henriksson guitar since 1989 Main songwriter. Originally played bass guitar until 1999.
Niklas Sundin guitar since 1989 Graphic designer for many other bands as well as DT. Also plays guitar in Laethora.
Daniel Antonsson bass since 2008 Ex-Soilwork & Dimension Zero guitarist.
Anders Jivarp drums since 1989
Martin Brändström electronics, keys since 1998

Former members

Name Instrument Membership Reason for departure and current project(s)
Anders Fridén Lead vocals 1989–1993 Now lead vocalist for In Flames
Fredrik Johansson Guitar 1992–1999 Asked to leave due to lack of devotion to the band.
Mikael Niklasson Bass guitar 1999−2008 Quit due to personal reasons, with no hard feelings between him and the band

Session members


Studio albums


External links

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