Mikael Stanne, vocalist for the melodic death metal band Dark Tranquillity joins us for an epic episode! Dark Tranquillity recently released its 12th album Moment on Century Media Records. We dig into the album, specifically how it fits into the bands catalog; the process of integrating guitarists Christopher Amott and Johan Reinholdz into the bands existing sound and song writing process; and the experience of performing Moment in its entirety at the beautiful Stora Teatern (Storan) in central Gothenburg. Check out the music video for the track “Eye Of The World” filmed at the theater for a taste of the performance.
A special beer was brewed for the 25th anniversary Dark Tranquillity‘s landmark album The Gallery, meriting a wider discussion about what we’ve been drinking lately. We also reveal our top five international albums of the year (all albums, beers, etc have hyper links, so explore!). Mikael is a true music enthusiast and we enjoyed having him back on the show. Also, he’s joined a new project called Grand Cadaver that will be right up your alley if old school death metal is your thing!
Notable Singles, Re-Pressings/Remasters, Live Albums and Non Metal Notables: Swedish retro Lykantropi Tales to be Told, Siena Root The Secret of Our Time, Awesome live: The War On Drugs Live Drugs, Best live synth: Kite Live At The Royal Opera.
Notable Singles, Re-Pressings/Remasters, Live Albums etc: Cult of Luna “Three Bridges” (from Raging River EP via Red Creek, bands label new distributed by Metal Blade + Seasons of Mist – out Feb 5). Non Metal Notables: Wobbler Dwellers of the Deep (fantastic capture of heyday of 70s prog – Norway), Electric Moon Live at Freak Valley 2019 Double LP (Rockfreak/Sulatron – Germany), Sula Bassana Boxset (6LP via Sulatron). Anticipating Next Year: Kikagaku Moyo Live at Levitation (pre-sales sold out immediately).
Notable Singles, Re-Pressings/Remasters, Live Albums etc: Venom Prison Primevil, Sylvaine and Reqvited Time Without End, Zeal & Ardor Wake of a Nation.
Non Metal Notables: Gramps The Vamp Keeper of the Void (Dark, Groovy, Avant-Garde Jazz, cinematic, Psych rockish), Wardruna Kvitravn, Myrkur Folksange.
We compiled a large playlist of albums, singles, and re-released material from 2020. Listen to it HERE.
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