Watch DARK TRANQUILLITY’s New Video for “In My Absence”

DARK TRANQUILLITY is proud to present their new music video, “In My Absence“! Taken from their latest release, We Are The Void (2010), the video is the band’s fifth promo clip for the album, and was filmed by the band themselves on the road, with guitarist Niklas Sundin taking care of the editing/post production duties. Additional live footage was provided by Anders Björler (THE HAUNTED, AT THE GATES) and Nikolas Pegler.

In regards to this video, Niklas Sundin comments: “I wanted to create a live video that would capture the energy of our show both from the audience’s perspective as well as from the stage. To accomplish this, we headed out on our recent Europe/Russia tours equipped with a GoPro HD camera, which was mounted on various objects (guitar necks, vocal microphone, member’s bodies etc.) on most of the shows. Despite probably looking pretty weird for those in the crowd that noticed the little device, we arrived home with a lot of interesting footage, and after a lot of editing we’re happy to present the final result: A clip for ‘In My Absence‘, filled with an energy and closeness out of the ordinary. Enjoy!”

Watch the New Video for DARK TRANQUILLITY’s “Zero Distance”

The video for DARK TRANQUILLITY‘s “Zero Distance” has been posted online. The song was written during We are the Void sessions and will appear on the Tour Edition of the album along with additional live tracks, and videos. The video was created by Aduro Labs, which includes DARK TRANQUILLITY guitarist/graphic designer Niklas Sundin.

Watch the visually impressive video:

SLAUGHTER OF THE BLUEGRASS Release Three IN FLAMES Interpretations

SLAUGHTER OF THE BLUEGRASS, a group of musicians from Sweden known for their bluegrass renditions of AT THE GATES, DARK TRANQUILLITY, and AMON AMARTH songs, have released three new IN FLAMES covers: “Jotun,” “Moonshield,” and “Stand Ablaze.”

Listen to and download the tracks below:

“Jotun”
“Moonshield”
“Stand Ablaze”

Also, visit the band’s website to check out past covers: http://www.sotb.se/

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2010

December is here, so it is time for us, the APESHIT goons, to share with you our list of metal albums that made an impression on us in 2010. Meaningful and meaningless, but sharing is caring. Bang your head and enjoy!
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Watch DARK TRANQUILLITY’s 2010 Tour Projection Video for “The Fatalist”

DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted the projection video for “The Fatalist” that was played during their 2010 shows. According to the band, the images were painted by guitarist/artist Niklas Sundin using Alchemy 0.0.8, screen grabbed and then time stretched to 10-20 times the original painting speed. This video is absolutely brilliant.

DARK TRANQUILLITY, THREAT SIGNAL, MUTINY WITHIN @ Key Club, Hollywood (06/01/10)

The last show of the DARK TRANQUILLITY, THREAT SIGNAL, MUTINY WITHIN U.S. tour hit a relatively quiet night in Hollywood after Memorial Day weekend. The Key Club was as hot as sauna, the upstairs area was closed off, and even a few attendees of Ronnie James Dio‘s memorial service could be spotted.

Newcomers MUTINY WITHIN took the stage with plenty of energy and enthusiasm, which immediately connected with the crowd. After hearing them play a few songs, there’s no hiding the fact that DARK TRANQUILLITY are a major influence as evidenced by their stop and start grooves, melodic sense, and synthesizer sound and style. The band fared better than the average opening band on a tour with their American interpretation of 2000’s Scandinavian melodic death metal. The pit was alive and the crowd shouted their approval.

Upon Ontario, Canada’s THREAT SIGNAL‘s first song, it was clear that they were more sophisticated, sharpened, and superior to the young MUTINY WITHIN. Unfortunately, the crowd were seemingly unfamiliar with and somewhat apathetic to the band despite playing their best. A personal emergency forced the band to finish the last date of the tour with only one guitarist. Lead guitarist Travis Montgomery‘s exceptional solo skills did make headway in converting some of the faithless.

As the clock struck 11:00pm, it was clear that this was DARK TRANQUILLITY‘s night. Finally, LA fans got to experience a full headlining set from Gothenburg’s longest running band. The setlist was more or less a combination of their usual setlists from their last couple of tours, which has a significant amount of overlap. The songs that made their LA debuts included “Lethe” and “Freecard.” There was a healthy dose of songs from DT‘s latest, We are the Void.

Aside from a longer set, fans were also treated to an accompanying video projector that not only showcased guitarist Niklas Sundin‘s fantastic artwork along with other excellent animations, but also was synched up to each of the songs performed. The band performed “Shadow in Our Blood” along with the music video in high definition being projected. The cool thing about that was the fact that the band performed in perfect synch with the video. The fans were more than impressed with this feat.

The band was happy. The crowd was happy. It was a win win situation. Vocalist Mikael Stanne declared the show to be the best night of the tour. Not bad for a quiet night on the Sunset Strip.

DARK TRANQUILLITY – We are the Void

Gothenburg gods, DARK TRANQUILLITY, have never been guilty of musical complacency. Even with their last few albums, new angles and ideas can be found, even if they are, at times, only subtle nuances. With We are the Void, the band have easily created their most artistically challenging album since Haven. Their new work surely takes many listens over the course of time to fully understand that this isn’t the same animal that you’ve heard previously. There are plenty of stimulating and interesting song arrangements (“Iridium“), new riffing territory (“Her Silent Language”), and some new avenues (“Arkhangelsk”) that DARK TRANQUILLITY traverse that give the album a fresh feel.

However, that’s not to say that We are the Void is some 180 degree shift. The melancholy, the soul, invincible riffs (“I Am the Void”), and tasteful and tight musicianship are here as they’ve always been. New bassist Daniel Antonsson fits in seamlessly with the rest of the band with not only his bass lines but also his songwriting.

As mentioned above, the baring of the soul and the deep, honest emotions and thoughts expressed on We are the Void exemplify the greatness of this band. We are the Void reminds one that life is short and thus, time should never be wasted on lesser music. (Century Media Records)