RIP Fredrik Johansson of Dark Tranquillity

2022-01-28 by Trey STAFF | 35 Comments
Ex-Dark Tranquillity guitarist Fredrik Johansson died on 25 January 2022 after a three-year battle with cancer. Fredrik Johansson was the band's guitar player from 1993 through 1999, appearing on Of Chaos and Eternal Night EP, The Gallery, Enter Suicidal Angels EP, The Mind's I, and Projector; co-writing such classic DT tracks as "Punish My Heaven", "Insanity's Crescendo", and "The Sun Fired Blanks".

Vocalist Mikael Stanne left the following statement on the band's Facebook page:

One of us is gone.

Fredrik Johansson passed away on January 25th after a three-year long battle with cancer.
He joined Dark Tranquillity in ’93, right after the recording of our first album “Skydancer”. He replaced me as guitarist so that I could focus on singing, and with that he raised the bar and set the course for what we could do and wanted to be. His influence and passion had an absolutely massive impact. The first song that we wrote together was something we ended up calling “Punish my Heaven”, and with that we knew that we were on a path that we up until then had only dreamed of.

Fredrik was mercilessly funny, sharp and highly intelligent, and would light up a conversation with his amazingly positive and quick witted commentary. But also, as easily, he would tear an uninformed argument or opinion apart with well articulated and thoroughly researched logic. His sense of humor and adventure would more often than not lead to epic excursions in stupidity and madness that I will forever miss.

Fredrik left the band in ’99 to focus on his family, yet he remained our biggest fan and our fiercest critic. His insights into the direction of our music was invaluable and knowing that he always listened and cared about what he had been part of creating meant the world to us.
A recent story, that speaks volumes about his personality, is when we launched the album “Moment” with a streamed concert in 2020. For weeks ahead of the release, Fredrik was on our Facebook page making sure that those who did not have access to a credit card or simply could not afford it would be able to see the show as well. By personally paying a ticket for those who weren’t able to, Fredrik made sure that no-one was left without. That’s who he was.
Having known about his cancer battle for almost three years and having dealt with the fact that this day would eventually come doesn’t make it any less real. We all still feel it. And we always will.

Living without you in this world will be radically different and not even close to as interesting and curiously fun as it has been with you in it. On behalf of the entire Dark Tranquillity family, we love you Fredrik and we will miss you forever.

We start our US tour today and by playing the songs that Fredrik wrote and helped create we aim to keep his name and musical legacy alive. He was one of us and we love him.

”It is what it is, and what will be will be” as Fredrik used to say might serve as a reminder that our time here is nothing but temporary and we should make the most of the beautiful personal connections we have and treasure the people that we have surrounded us with.

Tons of love from all of us to Fredrik's wife and three daughters.

Mikael Stanne and all of Dark Tranquillity

#fuckcancer


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Willie
Moderator
January 28th 2022
19044 Comments


Cancer Sucks. Projector is easily my favorite DT album.

EvoHavok
January 28th 2022
7972 Comments


Hard R.I.P. "Punish My Heaven" is my favourite song of theirs or maybe out of all melodeath.

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DungeonBoy
January 28th 2022
8888 Comments


RIP to a metal legend

Kusangii
January 28th 2022
3677 Comments


Same EvoHavok. Rip so damn hard : ((((( Absolute legend and a huge inspiration for me personally

Medicinelover
January 28th 2022
69 Comments


The Gallery blew me away at the young age of 14, not much of what I listened to at that age holds up well but this is a massive exception, an absolute classic of an album, RIP

Source
January 28th 2022
19375 Comments


):

CottonSalad
January 28th 2022
2460 Comments


The Gallery blew me away at the young age of 14, not much of what I listened to at that age holds up well but this is a massive exception, an absolute classic of an album [2]

Same age, same vibe. R.I.P.

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ChaoticVortex
January 28th 2022
1307 Comments


Holy fuck, hard R.I.P.
Early DT especially The Gallery is expectional stuff.

Pikazilla
January 28th 2022
22992 Comments


Hard RIP

Thank you for writing the greatest melodeath album of all time : (

sharkmsc
January 28th 2022
405 Comments


This post is so sweet. This guy lived a good life to be loved like this. RIP

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2022
9566 Comments


Huge RIP, now I sadly know why I haven't heard any Dark Tranquillity past Projector.

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JayEnder
January 28th 2022
14102 Comments


Damn, hard RIP. Gotta jam The Gallery now.

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botb
January 28th 2022
15277 Comments


RIP

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2022
9566 Comments


Mine is the Grandeur is so good it could be soundtrack to a spaghetti or contemporary Western.


...of Melancholy Burning is my favorite track from The Gallery.

Kusangii
January 28th 2022
3677 Comments


I always thought of Ocarina of time when I heard that song. Just beautiful

alamo
January 28th 2022
4795 Comments


rip

Grungil
January 28th 2022
517 Comments


RIP, important member from a great band.

Dreamflight
January 28th 2022
1929 Comments


Damn devastating news. Also Stanne's post was very touching.


Eons
January 28th 2022
3507 Comments


Really strange because out of nowhere like a week or so ago I started randomly thinking of this band and listened to some of the albums then this news came out. Had no idea he was ill, but I haven't followed the band in a while.

Sabrutin
January 28th 2022
8501 Comments


RIP

Makemebad35
January 28th 2022
1031 Comments


RIP

YesMaMan11
January 28th 2022
48 Comments


Stanne's post was indeed very touching. RIP.

Crysis
Emeritus
January 28th 2022
17568 Comments


hard rip, this sucks. he was a central part of the greatest melodic death metal album of all time and it simply would not exist without him.

MO
January 28th 2022
23605 Comments


Damn rip to a heavyweight

Keyblade
January 28th 2022
30488 Comments


"Really strange because out of nowhere like a week or so ago I started randomly thinking of this band and listened to some of the albums then this news came out. Had no idea he was ill, but I haven't followed the band in a while."

this week I had an urge to jam The Gallery after Silence... came on shuffle. forgot how much I loved the album

Digging: DEAN - 130 Mood :TRBL

Meridiu5
January 28th 2022
3970 Comments


Gunna jam the gallery all week.

Punish my heaven, Johansson!

Nazzadan
January 28th 2022
2341 Comments


"A recent story, that speaks volumes about his personality, is when we launched the album 'Moment' with a streamed concert in 2020. For weeks ahead of the release, Fredrik was on our Facebook page making sure that those who did not have access to a credit card or simply could not afford it would be able to see the show as well. By personally paying a ticket for those who weren’t able to, Fredrik made sure that no-one was left without. That’s who he was."

Unbelievably sweet thing to do for fans of the band you hadn't been in for 20 years at that point, hard RIP I've been jamming DT all day

sometimes
January 28th 2022
288 Comments


this is upsetting.. rest in peace

why do the great leave so young

brendanstupik
January 29th 2022
5 Comments


Terrible news… I’m throwing on The Gallery

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2022
3822 Comments


RIP, never gotten too into these guys' music but that is quite a heartfelt tribute

Pon
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2022
5627 Comments


RIP

Steiner
January 29th 2022
62 Comments


Man that sucks. RIP Fredrik.

Digging: Atrae Bilis - Apexapien

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2022
12501 Comments


RIP. I remember like it's yesterday when I saw a magazine ad of The Gallery, bought the album and was initially disappointed because it was so different than what I was jamming at the time. Gonna jam the album today.

Digging: Thelonious Monk - At The Blackhawk

zaruyache
January 31st 2022
25177 Comments


man f

Evreaia
January 31st 2022
5393 Comments


RIP



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