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Dark Tranquillity Add Chris Amott and Johan Reinholdz as Permanent Members

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Christopher Amott (ex-Arch Enemy) and Johan Reinholdz (Andromeda) have been filling in on guitar at melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquillity’s live shows for years, with founding member Niklas Sundin taking a break from touring to focus on family life. Now, amidst Sundin’s permanent departure from the band, announced last week, both Amott and Reinholdz have officially taken his place as full-time members.

Frontman Mikael Stanne shared the announcement on the band’s Facebook yesterday, along with revealing that the lineup had begun recording a new album:

“A new cycle begins…

“Today marks the first day of recording our new album.

“In these uncertain times all we can do is try to channel this frustration, fear, and anxiety into music and words. Isolation can be a strong motivator and we are commited to making this the best it can possibly be.

“With us this time we have two fantastic musicians who have been on tour with us for quite some time and we are now proud to announce as proper real members of Dark Tranquillity; Chris Amott and Johan Reinholdz. They have been incredible additions to our live shows and now we cannot wait to hear what their collective musicianship and skill will add to this album.

“Stay tuned as we will update you on the progress of the recording and stays safe out there!”

It’s tough to imagine Dark Tranquillity without Niklas Sundin. That said, Chris Amott is a phenomenal musician and songwriter, and while I’m not familiar with Johan Reinholdz’s work in Andromeda I have to imagine he’s quite the accomplished player, too, if he’s hanging with all of these cats. Onward and upward for Dark Tranquillity!

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