August 9/10/11 2024 | Kortrijk - BE Aug 9/10/11

Dark Tranquillity

Dark Tranquillity

Melodic Death Metal




sunday | 20h30-21h30 | swamp



This melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, are broadly recognised as one of the pioneers of the famed Gothenburg sound; some would go so far as to say they are the godfathers of the scene.

Formed in 1989 by vocalist Mikael Stanne – today the only remaining founding member - they initially churned out brutal death metal. Their debut ‘Skydancer’ (1993) set the benchmark for a whole generation of melodic death metal bands and has rarely been equalled. Over the years NWOBHM influences and subtle electronics wormed their way into their sound and ‘Projector’ (1999) is a game changer in that regard. ‘Construct’ (2013) is probably a good place to start for the DT uninitiated with its wide array of DT styles from the more mellow and melodic to pure Gothenburg death. Their most recent outing ‘Moment’ (2020) is the first studio album featuring Christopher Amott, who replaced long-time lead guitarist Niklas Sundin. The album is more accessible than some of its predecessors but still has the signature TD tag team of melodic keyboards and gripping riffage, the alternating clean and harsh vocals and a mix of memorable melodies and more extreme ingredients. In 2021, ‘Moment’ won the Grammy for Hard Rock/Metal Album of the Year.