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Tommy: What kind of impressions and reactions have you recieved regarding your last album? What new angles/developments have taken place since that one - if any?

  • Niklas: First of all, we've had the chance to tour and play in many places where we previously haven't been (Greece, Mexico, Turkey etc), so we've certainly experienced lots of new things and met a lot of interesting people. Apart from that, I don't really know if something revolutionary has happened; we have pretty different musical tastes in the band, and all of us have probably discovered new bands or artists since the last recording, and to some extent it might reflect in our own music.

Tommy: We can on D.T's website read:
"the next album will see the band crossing new paths, taking their sound into creative areas previously explored, and as things look now it will be a very diverse offering featuring musical traces from all stages of our 12 year career as well as a host of new influences".
What does that mean in reality? What can we expect to hear on the forthcoming album, because to me it sounds like we are in for some surprises here.....

  • Niklas: It's hard to describe the sound more in depth than that before the album is recorded, since there are lots of things that can turn out a bit differently than planned in the studio. I think it'll turn out like a continuation of "Haven", but with more flashbacks from our earlier albums. Not that it'll be a "back to the roots" album by any means, but the general atmosphere sometimes reminds me of the older albums - we'll see how it turns out. We started recording the album last week and just finished the rhythm guitars after some really intense days with huge amounts of coffee and almost no sleep. It'll be interesting to see how it all will sound in the end.

Tommy: How does it at the moment look in the area of commitments on the side among the bandmembers? Sideprojects - is there time for such things? And in that case - any albums scheduled? Studio/producerjobs or equal?

  • Niklas: As far as I know, there are no side project at the moment.Me and our vocalist Mikael were in Hammerfall for the first 2-3 years, but apart from that we've never been overly active outside of D.T. It's hard finding time for doing something else. I don't think any of us is qualified enough to work as a producer or studio engineer (I know for sure that I'm not, ha ha!).

Tommy: It's my personal opinion that you have succeded - but do you feel that it's getting harder and harder for each release to maintain the quality and inspiration, and keep the material fresh and appealing? Is there/has it been any periods of lack of ideas or ideadroughts, or are such moments not familiar to the band?

  • Niklas: I think that every band has its ups and downs, and we're no different. Things usually work pretty slow when we begin writing songs for a new album, but once the first 3-4 tracks are made, the general direction is outlined, and it's way easier to continue. One advantage we have is that all six members write music for D.T. and contribute to the songwriting, so there are always ideas and material to work with. Even if half the band is seriously low on inspiration, the rest of the guys are bound to have some creative output. It might be harder for bands that have one main songwriter and is depending on him/her to get the ball rolling.

Tommy: How does the festivalsummer look for Dark Tranquillity? Any dates/locations planned so far? And how will it look after the next album? If you take a look at your tourplan the past 5 years you have a hard time finding any dates in Sweden, but instead mostly gigs in mideurope - will we be able see D.T on the swedish roads a bit more in the future? If not - what is the reason for that?

  • Niklas: It's usually very hard getting gigs in Sweden. The touring company we work with mainly work with european promotors, and it doesn't happen very often that we get offers for single gigs or festivals here. Also, we're not a band that can take every show that's offered because of work or family commitments - but perhaps there will be more live activity in Sweden this year.

Tommy: And finally - any words of wisdom or funny facts about the nearest future
you want to share with the readers?

  • Niklas: I can't offer too much in terms of wisdom, but your readers are free to check our official homepage at www.darktranquillity.com for more info regarding the upcoming album.

That was all I had for now, Niklas - the staff at metalcovenant.com wish you all the very best for the future, and we sincerely want to thank you for keeping the spirit of Metal alive!


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