Dark Tranquillity will release a new album “Atoma” on November 4, via Century Media. The band’s frontman Mikael Stanne was interviewed by Josh Rundquist from the Youtube Channell “That Drummer Guy”.
Mikael Stanne talked about the lyrics of their upcoming album “Atoma”. He says (transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“It comes from frustration of feeling hopeless in a way. There’s a lot of frustration in there. I don’t like to be just all-out negative. I’m not depressed, but I’m angry and frustrated and I wish there was something I could do about what’s going on in our lives and world. It’s more frustration. When I listen to death metal, anything really powerful and emotional, for me, it’s a release. It triggers something in me that makes me feel better after going through an album of pure frustration and anger. I think that’s something I’ve always been attracted to. That’s something I try to do in our band as well.”
He also speech about finding the inspiration to finish new album “Atoma”. He says:
“For us, it came out in the beginning year when Martin left the band, one of our founding members. A lot of things we went through. We went through really long tours where maybe the motivation started lacking a little bit. We started questioning ourselves in many ways especially after Martin left. We asked, ‘What is it we actually do and why does he feel this way?’ ‘Was it something we did?’ He didn’t have the motivation to keep going. I think that solidified the fact that this is what we love to do and live for. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we get to do the thing you love, almost for a living. You take things for granted. I think we started re-evaluating the band and our place in it, and the band’s place in music. We started feeling good about that. But at the same time, we also felt we needed to prove our place here. ‘Why are we allowed to make eleven albums?’ ‘Why should we still be relevant?’ We have to prove ourselves with every album, and even more so with an album every other year. That puts a lot of pressure on us. But it is just pressure we put on ourselves. We want to improve and come up with that perfect album every single time. We won’t accept anything else. I think that’s one of the things that makes it so difficult to write nowadays. At the same time, it should be hard. If it’s too easy, it’s not good enough. It should be a struggle and full of frustration and endless sleepless nights, and conflict. What happens is something amazing once you come together and you finish a project like this.”
Check this out the interview below.