DARK TRANQUILLITY vocalist Mikael Stanne recently spoke to Antenna webzine about the group's new album, "Character", touring, entering the Swedish single charts and loads more. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:
Antenna: Please explain what people can expect from the new album, "Character"?
Mikael Stanne: "'Character' is more extreme and faster. An album that picks up on all the other albums we’ve made and learned from that. The most extreme album we have made in many, many ways and people might be surprised as this comes from the same area as we started in the first place. It’s really fast, aggressive and melodic as well.
Antenna: So you could say that you are going back to a more "The Mind's I" approach?
Mikael Stanne: "I don't know, it doesn't feel like that. We were aiming something more complex and wanted a lot more things going on and hopefully an album that can live longer than the two weeks you usually spend before moving on to the next album."
Antenna: On previous albums you have tried out clean vocals. Is there any of this on "Character"?
Mikael Stanne: "No, not really. 'Character' is all about screaming and being angry. It's totally different feel to this album I think. What made me want to sing with a different kind of voice was because the songs we were writing at the time were really melancholic and had a different feel to it that really needed something else both lyrically and vocally. This new stuff we have been writing is all about getting out our frustration and anger so it didn’t make sense to use clean vocals. And every other band is doing it now a days and it also takes the fun out of it."
Antenna: Talking about "Lost To Apathy". You entered the Swedish single charts. How was that?
Mikael Stanne: "Unexpected actually. We had no idea. We just wanted to release something before the actual release of 'Character' and wanted to try something out for the people to open their ears. We could just as well do the whole single video thing just for fun and see what happened. You know, the usual pop stuff. And it really worked out well and suddenly we were in the charts together with a bunch of crap. Really cool."
Read Mikael Stanne's entire interview with Antenna at this location.