Dark Tranquillity - Founding Member Niklas Sundin Quits The Band


Dark Tranquillity have confirmed that their lead guitarist and co-founding member Niklas Sundin has decided to part ways with the band. Since 2016, Niklas have had a break from playing with the band since 2016 in order to focus on family life. Also, in the past year he has been busy with his newly formed music project Mitochondrial Sun. Full statement can be read down under.

Full statement from Niklas Sundin: "As some of you know, I've had a break from playing with D.T. since 2016 in order to focus on family life. With the Atoma touring cycle now completed and a new album recording about to commence, the time is right to officially announce my departure from the band.

"I'm very grateful for the experiences that the past 30 years have brought. We founded D.T. as teenagers without any musical knowledge, and somehow our songs took us all across the world, helped establish a new sub-genre of metal, brought us several Grammy nominations and - more importantly - had a positive and life-altering impact on people all over the globe. This is extremely humbling, and more than what most artists ever could ask for.

"However, it's no secret that I always enjoyed the creative process more than the performance aspects of being in a band, and the required extensive touring held less and less appeal with every album. The band and the fans deserve members that want to be on the road as much as possible in order to keep the (forward) momentum going, and for this reason I prefer to step aside and direct my musical creativity towards other areas. I'll still be involved in the visual side of D.T. and am working on the cover illustration for the next album as we speak.

"I send my warmest regards to the guys in the band, the incredible crew and of course to everyone that supported us over the past three decades. As for future musical endeavours, my electronic project Mitochondrial Sun released its debut album last month, and there are several other projects and collaborations (both metal and non-metal) in the pipeline. Onwards!"


Photo credit: Ton Dekkers


Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Dark Tranquillity
 
Posted: 22.03.2020 by Abattoir


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22.03.2020 - 20:45
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Tage Westerlund
I might just might understand family, but new band, well its sad actually really sad. Crymson loss in the ebony gold in blazing archway winds
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22.03.2020 - 20:58
Liafev
Written by Bad English on 22.03.2020 at 20:45

I might just might understand family, but new band, well its sad actually really sad. Crymson loss in the ebony gold in blazing archway winds


Well, DT tours a lot, maybe he just wants to focus on a studio project so he can stay home with his family. Wouldn't be a first.
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22.03.2020 - 21:17
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Tage Westerlund
Written by Liafev on 22.03.2020 at 20:58

Written by Bad English on 22.03.2020 at 20:45

I might just might understand family, but new band, well its sad actually really sad. Crymson loss in the ebony gold in blazing archway winds


Well, DT tours a lot, maybe he just wants to focus on a studio project so he can stay home with his family. Wouldn't be a first.

Yes 300 days per year, and I Want stay home to i am home addict, because i was born where net tock over... 10 years early er i dunno, but its loss to the band
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22.03.2020 - 23:11
musclassia
If he's not toured with them in 4 years, this just feels like a confirmation of what was already an exit in practical terms. Must be pretty wild leaving a project you founded 30 years ago whilst it's still popular, but life happens
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22.03.2020 - 23:23
Spacerunner
Sad news indeed. Essentially Niklas Sundin left the band same year Martin Henriksson did. I wonder what happened.
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22.03.2020 - 23:40
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Tage Westerlund
Its like juka nevilsinen and nw... Sad he left, but maybe it was wise desision Because music is bad now
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23.03.2020 - 00:32
EricAxel36
Seems like he's been less and less involved in the writing process since the early days. Jivarp and Brandstrom seem to be the head songwriters now. I wonder if Reinholdz will become a full time member and contribute to the new album, pretty sure he writes all the music for his Prog metal band Andromeda.
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23.03.2020 - 00:41
IBlackened
Written by Bad English on 22.03.2020 at 21:17

Yes 300 days per year, and I Want stay home to i am home addict, because i was born where net tock over... 10 years early er i dunno, but its loss to the band

I honestly admire their dedication, because I can't imagine myself being away from home for so long and so often.
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23.03.2020 - 06:34
Ocean Sage
Niklas Sundin is an amazing guitarist. I am so glad I saw Dark Tranquillity live with him in the lineup now several years ago. Farewell and good luck! I hope Dark Tranquillity's new album is still good.
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23.03.2020 - 07:47
The Entity
Not very suprising as he haven't toured with them for 4 years and wants to spend more time home. Refreshing that it ended on such good terms and even doing the artwork for their upcoming album!
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23.03.2020 - 13:19
FeskarN
Written by EricAxel36 on 23.03.2020 at 00:32

Seems like he's been less and less involved in the writing process since the early days. Jivarp and Brandstrom seem to be the head songwriters now. I wonder if Reinholdz will become a full time member and contribute to the new album, pretty sure he writes all the music for his Prog metal band Andromeda.

I really hope Reinholdz joins them as full-time member now. He's such a good guitarist and is awesome live aswell.
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24.03.2020 - 00:10
Darkside Momo
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Sad but predictable. I hope he'll still write some music with them, some of his songs are the best DT had to offer
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24.03.2020 - 01:30
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Tage Westerlund
Written by Darkside Momo on 24.03.2020 at 00:10

Sad but predictable. I hope he'll still write some music with them, some of his songs are the best DT had to offer

Nothing can Kill the skydancer album, trought the ebony archways, Bolt of the blazing gold, Crimson winds, and my fav action.
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27.03.2020 - 20:00
Reaper_Redeemer
So sad. I praised his musicianship once more with his solo project...
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28.03.2020 - 00:56
Darkside Momo
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Written by Reaper_Redeemer on 27.03.2020 at 20:00

So sad. I praised his musicianship once more with his solo project...

Still have to listen to that Mitochodrian album. Singles were interesting, soI4ll do it
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30.03.2020 - 15:01
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Tage Westerlund
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@christopher.amott is in Goth-en-burg! Here is the arsenal for the recording of the new @darktranquillityofficial album.
Work has begun!

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