ABOUT DARK TRANQUILLITY–
DARK TRANQUILLITY holds the esteemed distinction as being one of the bands responsible for founding an entirely new genre of death metal music in the early ’90s, which came to be known as “The Gothenburg Sound.” Throughout each release, the band would explore the creative dimensions of expression, drawing upon science and mythology in their songwriting while focusing on such topics as chaos theory, psychology, art, varying states of consciousness and self-destruction. It was these lyrical aspects coupled with their stunning musical contradictions between captivating melodies and sheer brutality that helped them pioneer the famed melodic death sound.
The group kick-started the Scandinavian metal movement in 1993 with their legendary debut album, Skydancer , which also featured Anders Friden (pre-In Flames) on vocals. New vocalist Mikael Stanne was soon recruited for 1995’s genre-defying The Gallery , which is also highly regarded in the scene as a legendary masterpiece. The Mind’s I followed shortly thereafter as the group quickly built up a dedicated underground fanbase.
After signing to Century Media in 1999, the group issued the Fredrik Nordstrom (At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir) produced Projector , their first official domestic U.S. release. This effort saw the band take a different direction musically, incorporating more clean vocals and melodic aspects. The highly acclaimed release earned the group a Swedish Grammy nomination. A subsequent European tour with Children of Bodom, In Flames and labelmates Arch Enemy helped them gain massive exposure, and was soon followed by two successful shows in Japan with Soilwork, as they opened up the eastern crowd to their explosive, energetic and challenging music. This set the scene for the 2000 release, Haven , showing their more expressive and contemporary side and boldly declaring their prowess to embark on uncharted musical territories.
After a two-year hiatus DARK TRANQUILLITY returned in 2002 with Damage Done , heralded as a return to their roots and an album that set the stage for the group’s first U.S. visits. This offering was a strong reassessment of the band’s collective strengths and was filled with a mixture of sheer aggression, beauty, melody and soul-searching. Their first U.S. tour was ironically with In Flames, Killswitch Engage and Sentenced, which was the perfect medium to reach their target audience. The group’s dynamic and energetic live shows quickly captured people’s attention and their buzz started to build outside of the underground metal community. The demand for DARK TRANQUILLITY was so intense that the group was forced to return to the U.S. in early 2003 with Nile and labelmates Strapping Young Lad for a Guitar World sponsored trek. With an apparent stronghold on the burgeoning U.S. metal scene, the group would then begin the songwriting process for their most anticipated effort of their illustrious career.
Now, DARK TRANQUILLITY brings you Character, a scorching new effort that blends the perfect amount of unrelenting aggression and melody. Recorded once again at Studio Fredman with artwork by Niklas Sundin (guitars), the album retains all of the band’s classic elements and thought-provoking lyrical content. It also portrays the image of a chaotic and tormented inner landscape based upon every person (character) being a combination of many different urges and attitudes.
DARK TRANQUILLITY was hailed by Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles as “the best Swedish band on the planet,” and this 11-track epic is sure to help solidify this esteemed notion. The group plans to aggressively develop a strong U.S. presence through relentless touring and an undying work ethic. As a precursor to the band’s new album, a low-priced, four-song EP titled Lost To Apathy has been released . The title track serves as Character ‘s first single; the EP will also include the song’s music video, directed by Roger Johansson (The Haunted, In Flames). DARK TRANQUILLITY will be supporting Kreator on a European tour in February and March; prior to that, they’ll perform a Metal Hammer -sponsored show in London with labelmates Arch Enemy and The Haunted. The band plans to make their triumphant return to the U.S. with Hypocrisy and Soilwork in the spring.
This is easily the group’s most savage and dynamic offering yet, so be prepared, for the foundation of Swedish metal is at your fingertips.
In an era when vintage metal t-shirts are in vogue and bands worshiping at the altar of every crossover band that released a demo or EP in the ’80s are crawling out of the woodwork, LA thrashers WARBRINGER are cauterizing the competition with a sound that recalls all the classics without being derivative. Never before has the evil, no-holds barred sound of Baloff-era Exodus, Slayer’s Hell Awaits, and Kreator’s Pleasure to Kill been revived and revitalized for the 21st century in such a strikingly inspired and pure fashion. After recording their self-released EP to unanimous rave reviews, appearing on the Speed Kills¦Again! compilation, playing to thrash-starved crowds across the west coast and attracting serious label interest, they’re ready to take the next step with their full-length debut courtesy of their new home worldwide, Century Media Records.
Vocalist John Kevill states: “Before we even had this band we all had bought a bunch of metal albums released on CM, so for us to be on this label that has had all these bands we like on it is just awesome!”
When pressed about the band’s sound, Kevill had the following to say: “We try to keep our songs very compact and tend not have a ton of repetition. Thrash-wise, our primary influence is stuff like mid-era Sacrifice, early Slayer, Demolition Hammer, and Kreator. Heavy and fast! We often have an old-school death metal undertone to our music as well.” Check out the band’s MySpace page.
Coinciding with a national tour in January with Exodus, the band will see the release of their currently untitled debut album. With an even stronger lineup than the EP reflects, the band is already excited about its release. Bill Metoyer, who helped shape legendary albums from the likes of Slayer, D.R.I., Sacred Reich, Hirax, Corrosion of Conformity, Trouble and Flotsam and Jetsam, is now in the studio with Kevill, John Laux (guitar), Adam Carroll (guitar), Andy Laux (bass) and Ryan Bates (drums) producing one of the most vicious debuts that will have longtime metal fans reminiscing and allow younger fans who missed out on the original magic to experience a band that they can call their own.
“Working with Bill has been excellent,”Kevill states. “He completely gets the kind of sound we are going for. He’s an easy guy to work with and has a lot of good input on how to make things sound right. The album has been coming along at a very nice, steady pace and we think it’s sounding great so far.”
While WARBRINGER has built a rabid local fan base playing with others in the LA thrash revival scene, they’re set to join Exodus, Arsis and Goatwhore on a national tour in January. Having already completed a west coast tour with Daath and several shows with Exodus, these young thrash warriors (4 out of the 5 aren’t even legal drinking age) are prepared to bring their definitive brand of violent combat thrash to audiences nationwide. “We’ve been a lot more confident about our live show recently,”Kevill says. “We can’t wait to take it on the road!”
Striker is an Edmonton-based recording and performing heavy metal band that has grown immensely through their years in the industry. A classic mix of heavy metal, hard rock, and 80’s hair metal, their music features powerful, clean vocals, catchy choruses, vocal harmonies, and impressive guitar leads.
Audiences are often floored by the energy of their live show, and their recorded material has been met with fantastic response by both fans and industry across the world. Striker has toured across dozens of countries as headliners as well as support for major metal acts. Gearing up for the release of their latest album the sky’s the limit for these Canadians!!
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