Darkane, the Swedish melodic thrash death metallers, are set to embark on their South America Tour 2023, hitting up nine countries in South America in early this year. The tour will begin on March 16th in México and end on March 29th in Brazil, and it will be the band’s first-ever tour in South America and will be an unforgettable experience for metalheads throughout the region.
The tour will kick off on March 16th in Mexico City, México, and will make stops in Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. In between, Darkane will make their way to Colombia for shows in Medellín and Bogotá. The show in Bogotá takes place on March 20th, while Medellín will get the opportunity to receive them on March 22nd. The tour will then wrap up in São Paulo, Brazil, before the band heads back home.
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Darkane is a Swedish metal band that was formed in 1998 in Helsingborg, a coastal city in southern Sweden, across the Øresund Strait from Denmark. The band is composed of drummer Peter Wildoer, guitarists Christofer Malmström and Klas Ideberg, and bassist Jörgen Löfberg.
Darkane combines a blend of various metal styles, including melodic death and technical thrash metal to create their unique sound, with both clean and growled vocals. Darkane’s lyrics are often about fantasy and science fiction, with occasional forays into real-world topics.
The band’s first album, ‘Rusted Angel,’ was released in 1999 and was well-received by fans and critics alike. It helped put Darkane on the map as one of the premier metal bands of the new millennium.
The band released their debut album, ‘Rusted Angel,’ on February 22nd, 1999. The album featured two tracks that were previously featured on the seminal ‘War Dance – A War Music Compilation’ released by Relapse Records in 1998, namely ‘Convicted,’ and ‘July 1999.’ The album was highly acclaimed by the press and fans alike and set the stage for the band’s future releases.
‘Rusted Angel’ is a metal masterpiece and is sure to please both fans of the genre and newcomers alike. The album is heavy, thrashing, and extremely melodically aggressive as nails piercing the flesh, with plenty of variety to keep things interesting. Darkane truly outdid themselves with their introduction card to the scene, and ‘Rusted Angel’ is sure to stand the test of time as a metal classic.
On their second album, ‘Insanity,’ released on August 26th, 2002, they returned with a more progressive and melodic sound than their previous debut release. This change in direction is evident from the track, ‘Third,’ which features a more complex arrangement than anything the band has done before. The guitars are still heavy, and the drums are still pounding, but there are now more clean vocal sections throughout the album and hints of keyboards in the background.
Despite the change in sound, Darkane still delivers the goods when it comes to songwriting and musicianship. The twelve tracks on ‘Insanity’ are all well-crafted and showcase the band’s talent for writing catchy hooks and solos. And while the production values are high, the album does not sound overly polished or artificial.
On Darkane’s third album, ‘Expanding Senses,’ released on August 26th, 2002, they pushed the boundaries of their sound, adding more melody and complexity to their songs. The result is a heavier and more melodic album than their previous releases.
The opening track, ‘Innocence Gone,’ sets the tone for the rest of the album with its crushing riffs and dark melodies. The following track, ‘Parasites of the Unexplained,’ is one of the most aggressive and fast-paced songs on the album. But it is not all blast beats and growls; the album also features some of the most atmospheric and cerebral death metal you are likely to hear.
On Darkane’s 2005 fourth album ‘Layers of Lies,’ released June 27th, they took a more progressive approach to their sound, resulting in a more nuanced and textured album than their previous releases. The guitars are still heavy and chugging, but there are more clean guitars and atmospheric elements at play, and the overall sound is more dynamic. The result is an album that is both catchy and brutal, with plenty of standout tracks.
The album explores the dark and brutal side of human nature, with an underlying theme of hope and redemption, and throughout the album, the band demonstrates their mastery of the death metal genre, with each track delivering brutal, yet melody-driven, metal. The highlight of the album is the title track, ‘Layers of Lies,’ which features an amazing guitar solo from Darkane guitarist Christofer Malmström.
Released on October 24th, 2008, ‘Demonic Art’ is the fifth studio album by Darkane. The album was met with positive reviews from music critics, who praised the album’s musicianship, atmosphere, and production.
‘Demonic Art’ features a more progressive sound than the band’s previous albums, with a greater focus on melody and atmosphere. The album’s title track is a particular standout, showcasing Darkane’s new direction with its ethereal and emotive vocal performance from frontman Jens Broman.
This conceptual album follows the story of a man who makes a deal with a demon. The album is musically diverse, with elements of thrash metal, power metal, and symphonic metal. The production is top-notch, with a clear, powerful sound that lets all of the instruments shine. ‘Demonic Art’ is a strong album from start to finish. It is not a perfect album, but it is a strong effort from a band that continues to evolve and experiment with their sound.
Darkane returned on July 30th, 2012, with ‘The Sinister Supremacy,’ their first album in five years and their sixth studio album overall. ‘The Sinister Supremacy’ is a progressive death metal album that features twelve tracks. The album’s title refers to the band’s return to the top of the metal scene. The album was met with critical acclaim, with many reviewers praising the band’s return to form.
‘The Sinister Supremacy’ is a dark and relentless album that features some of the best guitar work of Darkane’s career. The riffs are heavy and foreboding, and the solos are absolutely ripping. The drums are also smashing, and the bass is thumping. The vocal performance is top-notch, as the growls are menacing, and the clean vocals are haunting.
‘Inhuman Spirits,’ their latest and seventh studio album released on June 24th, 2022, is packed with the band’s signature blend of melodic death, thrash, and prog influences. The album features ten haunting tracks that will get your mind moving and melting.
Thrash metal hints can also be found here, which gives the album a kind of variety. A track that should not be missed is the rather epic ‘Conspiracy of the Flesh’ which features one of the fastest and most technical riffs and solos of the album.
The sound is full, balanced and alive, and it borrows from a healthy mix of technical modern-day death metal scene, sometimes reminding of At The Gates, however, Darkane does shake up the formula from one song to the next, often blending melodic and technical sections with more progressive and atmospheric pieces.
For the legendary show in Bogotá, Darkane has promised to put on a show that metal fans in the region will not soon forget. “We are so excited to perform in South America for the first time and cannot wait to show the metalheads down there what Darkane is all about. We have put together a unique setlist for the Bogotá show that will have the audience screaming,” said frontman Christofer Malmström in an interview.
Unfortunately, Darkane have recently announced that vocalist Lawrence Mackrory will be sitting out their upcoming South American tour in March. He has been replaced by former Amaranthe singer Andy Solveström as a temporary replacement. The band issued a statement saying that Mackrory’s production career had taken priority, and as the tour could not be postponed, they had to find a replacement.
Mackrory himself issued a statement, saying that he had given the band his blessing to find a replacement for this tour and that Solveström was a very competent and experienced singer to handle the mic. The tour schedule is now available, and the band has released their latest studio album, ‘Inhuman Spirits,’ on June 24, 2022, via Massacre Records. It was mixed and mastered by Lawrence Mackrory at Rorysound Studios.
The band’s tour of South America is sure to be an incredible experience for all involved. With the promise of an unforgettable show in Bogotá, Darkane’s South America Tour 2023 is going to be a major event for metalheads in the region.
For more information on the tour, including where to buy tickets, check out the band’s official website.