Single Slam – Forward Momentum by Dark Tranquillity (Atoma)

The latest single from Swedish melodic death metallers, Dark Tranquillity, has been released. The song, Forward Momentum, is another track from the band’s album called Atoma. Atoma is due to be released on November the 4th through Century Media Records.

I really, really, liked the first song, title track Atoma, though a few others on the sites podcast, check it out here – GBHBL Podcast, weren’t completely convinced by it. Still, I love it and that has made me really excited to hear some more music from the band.


That comes in the shape of this new track, Forward Momentum, released along with a dark and gloomy music video. Coming in at just over 3 minutes and 40 seconds long, it is a reasonably short, sharp trip through sadness but the fact that their music commands such strong emotion is commendable. The song starts with some exceptional rolling thunder sort of drumming from Anders Jivarp with the odd, understated effect adding a bit more meat to the intro. It isn’t long before the main riff of the song joins in with a stuttering, shredding riff and that riff is soon joined by Martin Brandstrom with keyboards adding volume to the music but not staying more in the background than with the track Atoma where the keyboard appeared to be the lead. The song follows a pattern of soft sung verses with heavy chorus. I really enjoy listening to Mikael Stanne. He has a great voice, whatever style he is singing. Lyrically the song seems to be about the destruction people leaves in their wake as they attempt to keep themselves moving forward. It is a familiar topic in metal and one that will ring true with many people, is very relevant and certainly explains the gloominess of the song and its video. After the usual 2 verse, 2 chorus we are treated to a brilliant little guitar solo from Niklas Sundin which sounds packed full of feeling before the instruments all join in for a big ending.

The video is the perfect accompaniment to the song showing lead singer Mikael driving along a grey, never ending highway with a burning skyline behind him. His family appear to be in the car with him before an argument leaves Mikael and his daughter saying goodbye to what appear to be his parents and eventually arriving at a shuttle. Writing about it doesn’t do it justice. Watch the video while listening to the song. I think you will be impressed.


The band released the following brief statement regarding the new album – “A lot of our songs start out as pieces of music written on piano/keyboards before getting transformed into guitar driven metal. With this recording, we wanted to explore what would happen if we instead let the material take another direction, and we’re extremely thrilled by the result.”

Well, for me, they have done it again. This is a brilliant song and the new album, based on these songs so0 far is going to be one of the best albums of the year. This is a band at their absolute best.

 Another amazing track from the masters of melodic, death metal. Their album is going to be huge. This song, just like the previous, have blown my mind. Awesome.

The new album is due to be released on November the 4th and can be pre ordered from here –  Pre Order Atoma

Check out the track yourself here on their official website – Forward Momentum Video

Give them a Like or Follow over on Facebook for more info on the new album here – Dark Tranquillity on Facebook

Remember, support your metal or risk losing it!


  • Brendan Fisher

    Owner/Editor/Writer/YouTuber - Heavy Metal and reading, two things I have always loved so they are the two areas you will find most of my reviews. Post apocalyptic is my jam and I always have a book on the go and have for decades now. From a metal perspective, age has softened my inadequacies and I now operate with an open mind, loving many bands from many sub genres but having a particular admiration for the UK underground scene. In my other time, when not focused on Dad duties and work, I try to support the craft beer movement by drinking as much of it as I can and you will also find me out on the streets, walking. I love walking, I love exploring new places and snapping nature photos as I go.

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