Prior to the gig Dark Tranquillity
performed in Stockholm on March 05, our photographer Michael and our live
reviewer Niklas got the opportunity to have a chat with singer Mikael
M. Stanne. Below you can read the result of that
Metal Covenant: With your new album "Character"
you climbed to the 3rd place on the Swedish album chart. Why, do you think?
M. Stanne: Well, Century Media did a hell of a
job promoting it. Maybe it was timing? To us this feels like the least
commercial album we have released. That it has entered the charts
all around the globe feels really strange. It helps that we have released
a single and a video, people have discovered Dark Tranquillity. We
have always done our own thing and believed in it.
Metal Covenant: Your music is often described as
"melodic death metal". Is that a term you feel satisfied with?
Metal Covenant: How has the tour with Kreator been so far?
Metal Covenant: Will there be anything special
Metal Covenant: You have an upcoming tour in the
US, together with Soilwork, Hypocrisy and Mnemic. What are your expectations?
M. Stanne: I think it will be a blast! Just us
Scandinavians and lots of drinking. Usually when you tour the US it's
an American band that headlines, but this time we just go there and
kick ass. We've been touring with Soilwork and Hypocrisy before, so
it feels right. "Character" has done really well over there.
Soilwork's new album will be released there soon and it will be a
Metal Covenant: What kind of music do you listen
M. Stanne: Everything! All different kinds of
music. We sit here in our tour-bus and listen to everything from really
brutal stuff to more soft music. Personally, I mostly listen to progressive
rock and lots of stuff from the 70's. Everybody listens to everything,
especially when you're on tour. Then you want to block out everything
that has to do with death metal and just listen to something entirely
Metal Covenant: Where do you get your inspiration
to writing lyrics from?
Metal Covenant: Where will Dark Tranquillity be
in about 2-3 years?
M. Stanne: We have probably released a new album
and sitting here, with a new tour. We've done better and better for
every record released. Since we love to write, everything else is
just a bonus. I believe we'll be doing the exact same thing and if
we're lucky even more people will appreciate it.
Metal Covenant: Describe a typical Dark Tranquillity-concert!
Metal Covenant: How do you reason when you put
together a set list?
- M. Stanne: It's really
difficult. First, we have the best tracks from the new album, but we
have to make sure they work well live, as well. Then we obviously have
to play the classics. We also try to play something new on every tour,
something we've never played live before. On this particular tour we've
been using different set lists every night, basically.
Which country is the most fun to tour? You seem to have many fans
in the Far East, Korea and Japan for example?
- M. Stanne: It's really
exotic over there, since you're so far away from home. It's fantastic
since the whole thing is so huge, and you get treated so well it's almost
ridiculous. When it comes to playing I think I prefer Italy, people
are totally wild over there!
Metal Covenant: You've been seeing quite excellent
reviews on your new album "Character"
M. Stanne: It's totally
awesome; I've never experienced something like this. We've been spoiled
with good reviews on our earlier albums, but this is something else.
I certainly cannot complain. When it comes to sales, "Character"
has sold better than our last album, "Damage Done".
Metal Covenant: Which one of your own albums and
songs do you prefer?
M. Stanne: When it
comes to album, I have to say "Character", obviously. My
favourite song is probably "Razor Fever", from Enter Suicide
Angels. We rarely play it live, though.
Metal Covenant: Best album and song of all-time?
- M. Stanne: Best album:
Änglagård - "Hybris". Best song: Jeff Buckley -
"Lover, you should have come over". It's not metal, but it
works wonders. It's not easy to say when it comes to metal. Best album
Judas Priest - "Painkiller"? When it comes to songs it's impossible
to narrow it down to one.
Metal Covenant: Your sharing this tour with Kreator,
but now when you've become more popular than ever, perhaps the fans will
want a tour with just Dark Tranquillity?
Metal Covenant: What is the one question that
you never have been asked during an interview, but you wish you had?
Metal Covenant: Let's put it this way then: Which
is the sickest question you've been asked?
M. Stanne: There
are always those who pretend to be psychologists and ask questions
like: If you were an animal, what kind would you be? I got a weird
question a few weeks ago: Imagine a garden that you could only fill
with one thing, what would it be? *sighs* I said myself!
Metal Covenant: Any more of those sick questions,
M. Stanne: I received
a questionnaire once, with 30 questions about Sweden, classical physics
and sports. The Swedish questions were about when some politicians
died and how high the mountain Kebnekaise is. The fun part was that
the interviewer taped me writing the answers on the questions, so
the only thing heard on the tape afterwards must have been a pen writing
on a paper. That makes me so angry! *laughs*
Make sure to check the live
review by Niklas and the photos
from the gig taken by Michael.