Niklas Sundin leaves DT

2020-03-22 by Kyle Ward EMERITUS | 75 Comments
Guitarist and founding member of the Swedish melodic death metal band Dark Tranquillity has decided to quit the band.

On a post on the band's official Facebook page, Sundin released the following:

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 subgenre 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!


https://www.facebook.com/dtofficial/posts/10157291688650748

Tagged: Dark Tranquillity

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Crysis
Emeritus
March 22nd 2020
17483 Comments


No surprises here, he never toured with the band and when he did he seemed like he had zero interest and would rather be literally anywhere else.

Sucks that one of the OG's is gone but it's cool that he will still be contributing artwork.

Also interesting to note that DT currently have no full-time guitarists anymore since Henriksson and Sundin are out. Does this pave the way for Chris Amott to be a full time member?

InFlamesWeThrash666
March 22nd 2020
9829 Comments


This sucks

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Darius The Imposter
March 22nd 2020
22492 Comments


this actually does kind of suck tbh hes been there since the beginning and wrote a lot of their best tracks

Willie
Moderator
March 22nd 2020
18816 Comments


--Does this pave the way for Chris Amott to be a full time member?--

I hope not. Keep Arch Enemy influence far away.

Crysis
Emeritus
March 22nd 2020
17483 Comments


This will undoubtedly change their style at least somewhat, moreso if they get a couple new guitarists. I am not totally against Amott joining assuming he can keep with their style and not go full Arch Enemy, since he and the dude from Skyfire are live guitarists for DT it only makes sense that both are brought on as full members.

Changes are coming for DT

Source
March 22nd 2020
18491 Comments


):

Pikazilla
March 22nd 2020
12118 Comments


Sad times

SlaveLabor
March 22nd 2020
490 Comments


After Portnoy leaving and now this, i'm done with the band tbh.

InFlamesWeThrash666
March 22nd 2020
9829 Comments


Portnoy's vocals added a lot to their sound yeah

parksungjoon
March 22nd 2020
21717 Comments


I hope not. Keep Arch Enemy influence far away. [2]

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Thalassic
March 22nd 2020
4973 Comments


I'm cool with Amott joining full time, but yeah: no Arch Enemy influence please
I don't necessarily see it happening though because I guess Arch Enemy - despite them being humiliatingly inferior to the almighty DT - still pays the bills more

Crysis
Emeritus
March 22nd 2020
17483 Comments


Chris Amott isn't a member of Arch Enemy anymore so it wouldn't be a decision between the two

parksungjoon
March 22nd 2020
21717 Comments


stopped following that band altogether in 2014

whats he up to these days then?

Crysis
Emeritus
March 22nd 2020
17483 Comments


Live guitarist for DT is his main gig I'm pretty sure lol, so thats why i think he's likely to become a full member

Thalassic
March 22nd 2020
4973 Comments


"Chris Amott isn't a member of Arch Enemy anymore so it wouldn't be a decision between the two"

Ah shit, I totally forgot about the fact that he hasn't been a member of Arch Enemy for almost 10 years now

parksungjoon
March 22nd 2020
21717 Comments


well lets hope he doesnt fuck with their songwriting



like yea 2010s DT is no skydancer but theyre pretty fun still

Kusangii
March 22nd 2020
2901 Comments


Very sad but understandable. One of the biggest metal legends of all time.

R4zor3dge
March 22nd 2020
1126 Comments


:^(

Space Jester
March 22nd 2020
8953 Comments


Get Alf Svensson in there

Source
March 22nd 2020
18491 Comments


surely alf is in a nursing home by this point

parksungjoon
March 22nd 2020
21717 Comments


hes like 50 prob

last i heard he was working on 3d animation or something ? lol

alamo
March 22nd 2020
3201 Comments


rumour that anders friden is their new guitarist

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Darius The Imposter
March 22nd 2020
22492 Comments


can anders even play the guitar

OmairSh
March 22nd 2020
16912 Comments


NOOOOOOOO

I was dreading this. Fucking sucks

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OmairSh
March 22nd 2020
16912 Comments


The was a picture of Johan Reinholdz and Mikael recording. I think Johan is one of the members now. Most of the music will probably be written by Jivarp and Brandstorm like the last album

Damn man. Gonna miss Sundins guitar work

ElioG
March 22nd 2020
779 Comments


Sad to hear, Sundin is a legend. But tbh DT, studio wise, has far less to give considering their last two albums.

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Keyblade
March 22nd 2020
29439 Comments


touring for 4 years for a single album doesn't sound very fun, I'm with him on that. victims of their own success in that respect I guess

Toondude10
March 22nd 2020
14275 Comments


tbh it's Michael Amott who is in total control of Arch Enemy, not Chris. It is a shame about Sundin though.

Space Jester
March 23rd 2020
8953 Comments


Pretty sure Sundin hasn’t written the majority of their music for the last few albums. Not that seeing him leave isn’t sad but unless whoever replaces him full time really brings some new shit to the table it’ll probably be business as usual

Willie
Moderator
March 23rd 2020
18816 Comments


What's Jesper from The Jester Race doing these days?

InFlamesWeThrash666
March 23rd 2020
9829 Comments


Bring back Henriksson

Crysis
Emeritus
March 23rd 2020
17483 Comments


-What's Jesper from The Jester Race doing these days?-

We can dream, can't we?

When Henriksson quit last year he said he had no interest in music anymore so I don't think that's gonna happen.

Willie
Moderator
March 23rd 2020
18816 Comments


I can't even think of who would be a good fit from a songwriting standpoint. DT is just so much different than most (all?) other Melodeath bands.

Flugmorph
March 23rd 2020
23084 Comments


Portnoy's vocals added a lot to their sound yeah [2]

Scoot
March 23rd 2020
20129 Comments


damage done-character-fiction is one of the strongest runs in metal

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mrend55
March 23rd 2020
54 Comments


damage done-character-fiction is one of the strongest runs in metal [2]

Space Jester
March 23rd 2020
8953 Comments


And that’s not even their best run! Amazing

OmairSh
March 23rd 2020
16912 Comments


"I can't even think of who would be a good fit from a songwriting standpoint. DT is just so much different than most (all?) other Melodeath bands."

Agreed. Niklas and Martin were easily my favourite melodeath guitarists and songwriters. Sucks that both of them have now left, but they leave a huge legacy behind.

Brandstrom and Jivarp will probably be the primary composers, which started happening from Construct anyway. I think they might go mellower and in the "Anathema" direction that Anders hinted at a few years ago

parksungjoon
March 23rd 2020
21717 Comments


lol yea first 3 >

OmairSh
March 23rd 2020
16912 Comments


Yeah nah

Darius The Imposter
March 23rd 2020
22492 Comments


personally id shift that one over to gallery minds i projector

if were talking about album runs

Source
March 23rd 2020
18491 Comments


"damage done-character-fiction is one of the strongest runs in metal"

an impressive run of 3.5s

R4zor3dge
March 23rd 2020
1126 Comments


Fiction slays tho

Tunaboy45
March 23rd 2020
17211 Comments


Niklas Sundin has dropped design and technology and will now be pursuing his love of drama

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benkim
March 23rd 2020
4016 Comments


This sucks! The only upside is he has left an incredible amount of excellent work.

DatsNotDaMetulz
March 24th 2020
3995 Comments


TBH Chris Amott's stuff with Armageddon isn't the same as Arch Enemy cos Michael is the one who writes all the AE songs. Heck not even Loomis gets to write anything there.

WretchedCacophony
March 24th 2020
1981 Comments


It's time for DT to pack it up and quit altogether. Atoma was a failure imo

OmairSh
March 24th 2020
16912 Comments


Nah DT still have a decent amount in the tank. Their last few albums haven't been amazing, but they've been decent. They've got potential for at least a couple of great albums before retiring

Willie
Moderator
March 24th 2020
18816 Comments


--Brandstrom and Jivarp will probably be the primary composers, which started happening from Construct anyway. I think they might go mellower and in the "Anathema" direction that Anders hinted at a few years ago--

I would love for these guys to become a melodeath Anathema. My favorite albums are Projector and Construct, and one of my favorite tracks is Hedon, so....

benkim
March 24th 2020
4016 Comments


Willie you always amaze me with your choice of favorite DT! Just shows how good the band is I guess

Willie
Moderator
March 24th 2020
18816 Comments


Ha ha. I don't get the hate (or general dislike) for Projector. It could also be that it's my favorite because it's the first DT album I had ever heard. So I wasn't comparing it to older or newer releases.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2020
12878 Comments


Not, Dream Theater!

Willie
Moderator
March 24th 2020
18816 Comments


Ha ha. If we're counting both bands, I'd heard Images & Words and Awake before Projector. If I'm being honest, they're all three top-tier albums.

Space Jester
March 24th 2020
8953 Comments


Projector is one of my favorites but it’s just below their first three albums. And Construct is right below Projector

I think they do the goth/melodeath thing almost as well as the pure melodeath stuff of the early days. I would def want a bit of both

Eons
March 24th 2020
2843 Comments


yeah, arch enemy is straight up trash, the women who run the band are cunts and the music is mediocre, too.

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Space Jester
March 24th 2020
8953 Comments


I’ve never heard of Angela Gossow being a cunt but I know the current vocalist had a lot of drama with her previous band



Pikazilla
March 24th 2020
12118 Comments


The Bandwagonist

Kole
March 25th 2020
321 Comments


"It's time for DT to pack it up and quit altogether. Atoma was a failure imo"

Wrong

Space Jester
March 25th 2020
8953 Comments


Atoma has some good songs but wasn’t as good as Construct

Darius The Imposter
March 25th 2020
22492 Comments


[2]

Darius The Imposter
March 25th 2020
22492 Comments


Construct was a really good late career effort for them even if it wasnt as heavy or riffy as their earlier stuff

Willie
Moderator
March 27th 2020
18816 Comments


I definitely think it's time for them to make a change. They've been at it a long time, and at this point there's only the vocalist and drummer left from the first album. Maybe time to take some risks... at least for one album

Space Jester
March 27th 2020
8953 Comments


Mikael Stanne could play guitar again

Assuming he wrote riffs for Skydancer I’m confident in his abilities, but I dunno how much he was involved in the songwriting

OmairSh
March 27th 2020
16912 Comments


Who knows if Mikael even practices playing the guitar at home. Maybe he's super rusty. They have Johan Reinholdz at the very least. Dude's a beast

Space Jester
March 27th 2020
8953 Comments


I honestly haven’t heard any of the bands Johan Reinholdz has played in. Also is he actually writing for the band or is he just a live musician?

Crysis
Emeritus
March 30th 2020
17483 Comments


It's official, per their FB Chris and Johan are the new full time guitarists for DT. I am extremely interested to hear the new album.

Willie
Moderator
March 30th 2020
18816 Comments


I'm less interested... we'll see, I guess.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
March 30th 2020
27030 Comments


chris is the better ammott so this will be good

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DungeonBoy
March 30th 2020
7943 Comments


"I honestly haven’t heard any of the bands Johan Reinholdz has played in"

Bro, the first Andromeda album was sick if you're into proggy stuff. It had the original singer from Darkane too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?edufilter=NULL&v=FmsfyrIgG5k

OmairSh
March 30th 2020
16912 Comments


"It's official, per their FB Chris and Johan are the new full time guitarists for DT. I am extremely interested to hear the new album."

Not surprising tbh. They've been touring with them for a while, plus DT is bigger than any other project they're currently part of. Johan is a beast. Curious to see where they'll go musically.

Still sucks that Sundin left. Feels so weird seeing a DT picture without him

Crysis
Emeritus
March 30th 2020
17483 Comments


"I'm less interested... we'll see, I guess."

When I say interested I don't necessarily mean excited, I'm just very curious as to the level of influence they have had on the new record. For the past few it's been Jivarp and Brandstrom writing the music which might explain the lack of good guitar riffs but with these two on board now who knows. I'd welcome a more guitar-oriented album, they haven't had one since Fiction.

OmairSh
March 31st 2020
16912 Comments


Yeah I think Jivarp and Brandstorm will be the primary songwriters again. I think they will give Johan and Chris some space in the writing process. Both are songwriters inherently, so it wouldn't make sense to not involve them. Plus they could take the music in a different direction

Kusangii
March 31st 2020
2901 Comments


This is gonna be really interesting. Hope they give the new guys some room for writing.

Kole
March 31st 2020
321 Comments


Johan is the guitarist for Skyfire right? They had some good albums so I'm optimistic.

OmairSh
March 31st 2020
16912 Comments


Yeah and Andromeda



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