Projector (album)

Projector (stylized : projector, or on the reissue, p.r.o.j.e.c.t.o.r.) is the fourth full-length studio album by the melodic death metal band Dark Tranquillity.

Studio album by
Released10 August 1999[1]
RecordedSeptember 1998
Studio Fredman
GenreMelodic death metal, gothic metal
LabelCentury Media
ProducerFredrik Nordström
Dark Tranquillity chronology
The Mind's I
Alternative Cover
Japanese Edition Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores

Lineup Change

In January 1999, with the album recorded months prior and its release months ahead, Fredrik Johansson was fired by the rest of Dark Tranquillity, due to Johansson wanting to focus more on being a father, meaning also he couldn't tour with the band and leave his family anymore and he wanted to keep a day job as opposed to the difficulties of being in the music industry. There were mutually no hard feelings between both parties, but with all of Johansson's reasons, the band still saw it as a lack of commitment to Dark Tranquillity as well. The album marks the last new release with Johansson.

With difficulties always finding a new guitar player, a switch then occurred in the band when Johansson's empty guitarist position was then taken the band's bassist Martin Henriksson, who was reluctant at the time to do the switch, due to his belief of being an average guitar player, but still went on to do so. To take Henriksson's bassist position, the band hired Michael Nicklasson.

Lastly, since the album included a lot of piano, keyboards and electronics and the band wanting it to become an integral part of the band's later sound, the band also hired an additional full-time member, Martin Brändström as their first keyboardist ever to complete the new lineup to tour for the album. With the lineup, they played live bonus tracks of the reissue of this album and filmed a music video for "ThereIn".


This album marked a noteworthy progression in the band's style, featuring piano and clean guitar work akin to that of gothic metal. Mikael Stanne's prevalent use of clean vocals differentiated this release from their previous work. Because of its deviation from the band's previous efforts, Projector was met with a mixed reception by longtime fans, but it also attracted a fair number of new listeners.

Track listing

Writing credits adapted from liner notes

All lyrics are written by Mikael Stanne.

1."FreeCard"Henriksson, Sundin, Jivarp4:31
2."ThereIn"Henriksson, Sundin5:55
3."UnDo Control"Sundin, Jivarp, Henriksson5:10
5."To a Bitter Halt"Henriksson, Johansson4:48
6."The Sun Fired Blanks"Henriksson, Sundin, Johansson4:17
7."Nether Novas"Jivarp, Sundin, Henriksson6:14
8."Day to End"Stanne3:08
9."Dobermann"Henriksson, Sundin4:38
10."On Your Time"Henriksson, Jivarp, Johansson5:37
Total length:54:23
Dope Music Digipak Korean 2004 Bonus Track
No.TitleMusicAdditional NotesLength
11."UnDo Control"Sundin, Jivarp, HenrikssonLive at Krzemionki Studio TVP, Kraków, on 7 October 2002, from the Live Damage DVD3:49
2009 Reissue
No.TitleMusicAdditional NotesLength
11."Asleep in the Bandaged Light"JivarpInstrumental orchestral track, some melody of "FreeCard", previously unreleased3:20
12."No One"Henriksson, Sundinfrom Exposures – In Retrospect and Denial4:41
13."Exposure"Henriksson, Johansson, Sundinfrom Exposures – In Retrospect and Denial3:52
14."ThereIn"Henriksson, SundinLive at the Rolling Stone, Milan, on 31 October 2008, from the Where Death Is Most Alive DVD, previously unreleased6:11

Release history

The limited edition digipak, which includes the bonus track "Exposure". However, there were problems with the pressings because not all the digipaks include "Exposure" and there are some traditional releases that include the track. The Japanese version of the album has different cover art and includes a booklet with more photos and biographical information. The 2009 reissue has digitally remastered audio.

Date Note
10 August 1999
25 November 1999
25 May 2009 Reissue



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