Dark Tranquillity is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Starting in 1989 named Septic Broiler. They are one of the longest-standing bands from the original Gothenburg metal scene, and are one of the most integral pioneers of the melodic death metal genre of music.
Dark Tranquillity was formed in 1989 by vocalist and guitarist Mikael Stanne and guitarist Niklas Sundin, who looked at their influences and then decided to form their own band under the name Septic Broiler. Not long after, three additional members, Anders Fridén, Anders Jivarp and Martin Henriksson, joined the line-up. In 1990, the band recorded a demo cassette tape entitled Enfeebled Earth before they would change their name to Dark Tranquillity and change their musical style. It was followed by multiple demos, and in 1993, Skydancer was released. Soon after, Fridén, Dark Tranquillity’s main vocalist at the time, left the band and later joined In Flames. Stanne then became the lead vocalist, and Fredrik Johansson was recruited to take over rhythm guitar duties.
In 1994, Dark Tranquillity covered the song “My Friend of Misery” for the Metallica tribute album Metal Militia A Tribute to Metallica.
In 1995, the Of Chaos and Eternal Night EP and the second full length album The Gallery were released. The Gallery is often referred to as the masterpiece of the era. The Gallery saw a change in the band’s style, but kept the characteristics essential in the band’s melodic death metal sound, such as growled vocals, abstract riffing, acoustic passages, and a female guest vocalist. Dark Tranquillity’s second EP, Enter Suicidal Angels, was released in 1996. Their third album, The Mind’s I, was released in 1997.