Monday, May 9, 2011

My 100 Favorite Metal Bands Pt. 27: Dark Tranquillity

Dark Tranquillity was the first Swedish melodeath band I ever got into. They still rank as one of my favorites. Dark Tranquillity simply has a gift for writing catchy melodeath masterpieces. Every single album they have produced has been good. And while the band has changed their sound over the years, it has not been in the same slap-in-the-face decline in quality as some of their peers in Soilwork and In Flames. They have evolved into a different band without abandoning their roots. Their core sound can still be heard even in their most recent material. The driving force behind the band has been vocalist/guitarist Mikael Stanne, who still possesses a powerful death growl that he uses to great effect.


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