Haven (Dark Tranquillity album)

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Studio album by Dark Tranquillity
Released July 17, 2000 (2000-07-17)
(see release history)
Recorded March–April 2000 Studio Fredman
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 43:06
Label Century Media
Producer Dark Tranquillity[1] & Fredrik Nordström
Dark Tranquillity chronology
Skydancer/Of Chaos and Eternal Night
Damage Done

Haven is the fifth full-length studio album released by the band Dark Tranquillity in 2000.

This release is the first with Michael Nicklasson & Martin Brändström as new members and the first release with Martin Henriksson on guitar since switching from bass. There is a misconception of the three from this recording lineup as starting out on Projector (See Projector for clarifacation). Although not having a lot to do with the release, it still marked the second and last time a current member (Henriksson) switched their roles in the band permanently (The first was on "Promo '94" where ex-guitarist Mikael Stanne became the vocalist). This is also the last release with the contribution of ex-member Anders Fridén with the band.


The band managed to advance the musical changes started on their previous album with a mix of melody and electronic pads, especially having now constant keyboards to their music. The clean vocal style went into hiatus but Stanne has brought it back into some Dark Tranquillity songs, though, as heard on the band's catalog from 2007 onward.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Mikael Stanne

No. Title Music Length
1. "The Wonders at Your Feet"   Brändström, Jivarp, Henriksson 3:00
2. "Not Built to Last"   Jivarp, Henriksson, Brändström 3:38
3. "Indifferent Suns"   Nicklasson, Henriksson 3:35
4. "Feast of Burden"   Henriksson, Jivarp 3:25
5. "Haven"   Jivarp, Henriksson 3:32
6. "The Same"   Brändström, Jivarp, Henriksson 3:10
7. "Fabric"   Brändström 3:56
8. "Ego Drama"   Jivarp, Henriksson 4:34
9. "Rundown"   Henriksson, Jivarp 3:53
10. "Emptier Still"   Henriksson 3:39
11. "At Loss for Words"   Jivarp, Henriksson 6:44
Total length:


  • "Therein" (first digipak and Japan only)


This albums reception was much similar to Projector's due to the similarities of both albums. Surprisingly enough, one of the band's own member Niklas Sundin is his harshest critic stating that this is his least favourite Dark Tranquillity album, but he did mention that "Emptier Still" is his favourite song from the album[2] and the only album at the time that excited him was the band's first album. Despite the mixed feelings towards the album, Metalguru.net, listed this album as #5 in the "Retro 2000 Top 5 Albums".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]

Release history[edit]

Date Note
July 17, 2000
May 25, 2009 Reissue