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ROAD WARRIORS

DARK TRANQUILLITY HAVE GIVEN BIRTH TO ELEVENTH OPUS ‘ATOMA’, A TALE OF UNCERTAINTY AND PERSONAL LOSS. TERRORIZER SPOKE WITH VOCALIST MIKAEL STANNE TO HEAR ALL ABOUT IT

DARK TRANQUILITY

“I AM VERY FRUSTRATED ABOUT WHAT I SEE IN THE NEWS AND THE PAPERS, EVERYTHING FROM GLOBAL POLITICS TO PERSONAL STUFF. MAN’S INHUMANITY TO MAN”

Nearing their silver anniversary as a band, Dark Tranquillity have endured several lineup changes but none more shocking as the departure of songwriter, guitarist and bassist Martin Henriksson, who departed the group after two and a half decades, leaving the band to compose without him for the first time.

“It wasn’t really that different,” counters vocalist Mikael Stanne. “When we were writing [2013’s] ‘Construct’ he was already saying, ‘I’m not feeling it,’ and so the rest of us were doing more of the songwriting. He didn’t have the confidence, inspiration and drive to contribute anymore so we said ‘We’ll handle it for now’. Martin was so focussed on booking shows and flights he couldn’t remember the shows he played! It was the best thing for him to stop playing live. It was tough when he decided to step down. He was the guy who arranged songs and was a big part of the creative process. He’s our manager now so he takes care of things for the band but we miss having him onstage. We started re-evaluating our positions in the band but it solidified the fact that after 27 years we remain as passionate about Dark Tranquillity.”

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I love reading Album Of The Year features and it’s always fun compiling them – generally because they are often a great reminder of all the great albums that have come out over the last twelve months, as well as providing an opportunity to see how much in agreement we are all in here at Terrorizer HQ when it comes to displaying our own individual musical tastes. I’m sure you’ll read somewhere how 2016 has been a weak year for musical output, I read such articles every year and have done for as long as I can remember, but taste is in the ears of the beholder and frankly I reckon 2016 has provided some quality moments. I write this on the first day of hearing the new Metallica album as well. We didn’t get to hear the album prior to release – it would appear that someone in the band’s Ivory Tower didn’t consider the Terrorizer readers worthy of having a review in this issue. A shame really, and consequently the album hasn’t made our AOTY list. Rest assured that everything else that HAS made the list has been lovingly enjoyed for more than one measly advance stream anyway. We always try and keep things real at Tezza HQ. So who did make the Number One spot? Turn these ‘ere pages to find out! That’s also why you’ll find the mighty Crowbar on our cover. One of the most reliably heavy and honest bands out there – Kirk’s in mighty fine form and it’s a pleasure to have them on our final cover of the year. We hope you enjoy the story behind their new album and why he and Todd are back backing music once again. Here’s to a storming 2017! Adios Darren Sadler
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