Swedish melodic death metallers Dark Tranquillity are heading to Dubai to play in the very first Dubai Rock Fest event, which is taking place on June 7th.
Dark Tranquility has been on the death metal scene since the late 80s, what changes have you seen towards the acceptance of death metal both in Europe and worldwide?
Things have changed a lot, that’s for sure! When we started out, this kind of music was a small underground thing with bands releasing demo tapes and playing tiny shows in front of 20-30 people. Throughout the years, the scene has constantly grown, and it’s now something with worldwide recognition. For good and bad. I don’t really think that we’ve been a death metal band for many years though, and I haven’t used that term to describe us since 1993 or something. Real death metal to me are bands like Immolation, Nile and Vader, and what we’re doing is something different.
You launched your album Construct in May, can you tell us a few details about it?
Well, it’s a slightly different album for us. We needed to get out of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves in order to even be able to makeanother album, so it’s somewhat of a rebirth. Longtime fans will probably recognize some elements from our older albums, but the ones that primary know us from “Fiction” and “Damage done” might be a bit surprised.
You have announced that Construct will be different and diverse from your previous offerings – what kind of differences can fans expect?
More atmosphere and darkness, less catchy choruses and fast riffing. It’s the kind of album that you need to listen to a couple of times before you start appreciating it. We had taken the previous D.T. formula as far as possible, so it was time for something new.
What were your favorite moments when recording the album?
The fave moment is when you’re finished, ha ha! We generally don’t enjoy being in the studio and it’s always such a stressed out and high pressure environment that you feel miserable the whole time and can’t wait to get finished. Of course there are moments when a “magic” take is captured or when you feel that you’ve recorded something good, but on the whole it’s mainly about hard work and pushing yourself as much as possible.
This will be your first time in Dubai, what kind of expectations do you have for the crowd?
I have no idea, which is what makes it all so interesting and special for us. The best part of being in a touring band is when you get to visit new places and get some new perspectives on things, so we’re extremely pleased to finally be able to come to Dubai. I know that bands like In flames were very happy with the audience in Dubai when they played the Desert rock festival some years ago, so that’s a good sign.
Is there any moment during the last 24 years that really stands out as the moment where you realised the band had broken out of the underground and was becoming well known?
I don’t know…We rarely think about the “career” aspects of playing music, but I guess that we could notice a definite change sometime in the mid-90′s when we started touring internationally. Before that, most of our shows had been to a small amount of people that all were part of the underground scene, but when we managed to start playing outside of Sweden, there was a different category of people coming to the shows.
Who are your favorite melodic metal bands from the Gothenburg scene?
The best Gothenburg metal bands in my view are Grotesque, At the gates and Liers in wait. Great and visionary bands that were ahead of their time. They’re probably not considered to be part of any melodic movement though, but I always found that classification pretty weird to begin with.
What has been your very best, and your very worst show in the last five years?
Picking the worst show is easy: We played a really shady festival in eastern Europe where basically nothing was working. Due to the promoter not providing having good enough power supply, only half of the instruments was working, and we also had to leave early because the festival screwed up the flights. The result was that we played 3-4 songs with drums, bass and vocals. The audience was very enthusiastic, but the whole festival was such a mess. Selecting the best one is harder. It has more to do with the vibe and energy at the show than anything else, and there have been many memorable experiences.
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