Dark Tranquillity

Dark Tranquillity

Dark Tranquillity (often referred to as creators of Gothenburg Metal) was formed in Sweden in December 1989 under the name Sceptic Boiler by Anders Fridén (vocals, later frontman of In Flames), Niklas Sundin (guitar) and Mikael Stanne (guitar), Martin Hendriksson (bass) and Anders Jivarp (drums). After they had recorded the demo "Enfeebled Earth", which had a horrible production, they changed their name to Dark Tranquillity.

In 1991 the bands first demo, "Trail of Life Decayed", was recorded and was followed by "A Moonclad Reflection". In 1993 they finally released their first full-length album, "Skydancer" which featured guest vocalists Stefan Lindgren and Anna-Kajsa Avehall. In 1995 the EP "Of Chaos and Eternal Night" was released. Shortly after vocalist Anders Fridén left the band so Stanne had to take over vocals and let the new member Fredrik Johansson take care of his guitar role.

Same year the band was signed to Osmose Productions and then they released "The Gallery" which featured Frasse Franzen and Eva-Marie Larsson (vocals). The bands success increased and a year later they released the MCD "Enter Suicidal Angels". In 1997 "The Mind's I" was released and, again, featured guests, one of them being previous vocalists Anders Fridén. After the release they left Osmose Productions and were instead signed to Century Media. In 1999 "Projector" was released.

After the release Fredrik Johansson left the band but the bands bassist Martin Henriksson took over his part as guitarist. Two other members then joined the band, Martin Brändström (keyboards) and Michael Niklasson (bass). In 2000 "Haven" was released and then in 2001 the band went on a tour with drummer Robin Engström as Jivarp couldn't.

"Damage Done" followed in 2002 and the compilation album "Exposures - In Retrospect and Denial" in 2004.

Character was the seventh release from Dark Tranquillity, released in 2005, and was held in much critical praise. It featured the first music video released by Dark Tranquillity to feature the band itself, with the single "Lost to Apathy." In 2007, Fiction was released, which in turn, saw a return of Mikeal Stanne's clean vocals, and the first female guest vocalist since Projector.

In August 2008 the band announced that bass player Michael Nicklasson had left the band due to personal reasons with no hard feelings between him and the band.
Replacement was announced on September 19th 2008 when Daniel Antonsson, former guitarist of the band Soilwork, joined the band.

Antonsson quit the band in 2013. Anders Iwers (of Tiamat) filled in as a live bass player.

In March 2016 the band announced that founding member Martin Henriksson had quit the band after 26 years.

Current line-up (2016):
Mikael Stanne - Vocals
Anders Jivarp - Drums
Niklas Sundin - Guitars
Martin Brändström - Keyboards, electronics

Dark Tranquillity Discography


none Dark Tranquillity "Trail Of Life Decayed" Demo-91(Cass) Not On Label (Dark Tranquillity Self-released) none Sweden 1991 Sell This Version
none Dark Tranquillity Promotape 1992(Cass, Promo) Not On Label (Dark Tranquillity Self-released) none Sweden 1992 Sell This Version
SPI 16 Dark Tranquillity Skydancer (Album) Spinefarm Records SPI 16 Finland 1993 Sell This Version
OPCD 033 Dark Tranquillity The Gallery (Album) Osmose Productions OPCD 033 France 1995 Sell This Version
126 Dark Tranquillity Skydancer + Of Chaos And Eternal Night (Comp, Album) Spinefarm Records 126 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
TFCK-87107 Dark Tranquillity The Mind's I (Album) Osmose Productions TFCK-87107 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
TFCK-87186 Dark Tranquillity Projector (Album) Century Media TFCK-87186 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
77297-1 P Dark Tranquillity Haven (Album) Century Media 77297-1 P Germany 2000 Sell This Version
77403-4 Dark Tranquillity Damage Done (Album) Century Media, Century Media 77403-4 Thailand 2002 Sell This Version
DOPE DE 17033, CM 77603-2 Dark Tranquillity Character (Album) Century Media DOPE DE 17033, CM 77603-2 South Korea 2005 Sell This Version
CM77615-2 Dark Tranquillity Fiction (Album, EP) Century Media CM77615-2 Australia 2007 Sell This Version
9979137 Dark Tranquillity Where Death Is Most Alive (Album) Century Media, Century Media, Century Media 9979137 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
9979692P Dark Tranquillity The Dying Fragments (Treasures From The Live Archives)(CD, Ltd, Num) Century Media 9979692P Sweden 2009 Sell This Version
8655-2 Dark Tranquillity We Are The Void (Album) Century Media 8655-2 US 2010 Sell This Version
9037-2 Dark Tranquillity Construct (Album, EP) Century Media 9037-2 US 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

corpse 001 Dark Tranquillity A Moonclad Reflection (EP) Slaughter Records corpse 001 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
none Dark Tranquillity Trail Of Life Decayed(7", EP, Ltd) Guttural Records none Mexico 1992 Sell This Version
SPI 23 CD Dark Tranquillity Of Chaos And Eternal Night (EP) Spinefarm Records SPI 23 CD Finland 1995 Sell This Version
OPCD 049 Dark Tranquillity Enter Suicidal Angels (EP) Osmose Productions OPCD 049 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
FO421CD Dark Tranquillity Lost To Apathy EP (EP) Century Media FO421CD Russia 2004 Sell This Version
none Dark Tranquillity Zero Distance(CDr, Single, Promo) Century Media none Germany 2011 Sell This Version
DB032 Dark Tranquillity Sorrow’s Architect(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Ltd, Gre) Decibel Flexi Series DB032 US 2013 Sell This Version
7756 Dark Tranquillity Immemorial / Photon Dreams 7" Grey Color(7", EP, Ltd) Century Media 7756 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
90511 Dark Tranquillity A Memory Construct(7", Single, Ltd, Tra) Century Media 90511 US 2014 Sell This Version


CARR 057-93 Dark Tranquillity Tranquillity(Cass, Comp) Carnage Records (2) CARR 057-93 Poland 1993 Sell This Version