From their facebook page: Founding DARK TRANQUILLITY guitarist, Niklas Sundin, quits. Hi, As some of you know, I’ve had a break from playing with D.T. since 2016 in order to focus on family life. With the “Atoma” touring cycle now completed and a new album recording about to commence, the time is right to officially announce my departure from the band. I’m very grateful for the experiences that the past 30 years have brought. We founded D.T. as teenagers without any musical knowledge, and somehow our songs took us all across the world, helped establish a new subgenre of metal, brought us several Grammy nominations and - more importantly - had a positive and life-altering impact on people all over the globe. This is extremely humbling, and more than what most artists ever could ask for. However, it's no secret that I always enjoyed the creative process more than the performance aspects of being in a band, and the required extensive touring held less and less appeal with every album. The band and the fans deserve members that want to be on the road as much as possible in order to keep the (forward) momentum going, and for this reason I prefer to step aside and direct my musical creativity towards other areas. I’ll still be involved in the visual side of D.T. and am working on the cover illustration for the next album as we speak. I send my warmest regards to the guys in the band, the incredible crew and of course to everyone that supported us over the past three decades. As for future musical endeavours, my electronic project Mitochondrial Sun released its debut album last month, and there are several other projects and collaborations (both metal and non-metal) in the pipeline. Onwards! /Niklas While I'm sad about that in the same weird way in which one can like or love an entitity which is not a person (like a Band for example), the fact that he stated he'd stay in touch with the band and work on covers somehow makes it ok for me. To be honest, I think we saw it coming after Niklas' Hiatus from touring for the last 4 years. To be honest I can't blame him, if I wouldn't feel for doing something anymore, I couldn't blame myself as well. It'd only be consequent to stop and do something different. In that sense I wish Niklas Sundin everything going well with this new projects and endeavors. I'm very curious what this will mean for DT musically. Johan and Chris Amott are both in Gothenburg right now, recording the new DT Album. It is not clear to me at this point wether the guitar-work has already been written, and if so, how mutch they did contribute to it? That aside, it's not like nobody else in the Band could play guitar. I don't know exactly which of the members can play what kind of instrument, so in principle nothing prevents the other guys from writing guitar-parts as well. In anyway Niklas' Departure will change the way the guitars will sound in Dark Tranquillity in future records. And I'm kind of looking forward to it. I might not like the result, yes, but I'm kind of confident. If I take Soilwork for example, they completely changed their guitar-crew 8ish years ago, and they sound amazing. The music they make now still has the soilwork-spirit, yet it's something fresh and new and complex. It can happen .