The return of Gothenburg death metal kings Dark Tranquillity is more than a new full-length and another album cycle. Since forming in the quaint suburb of Billdal in 1989 (as Septic Broiler), the Swedes have imparted their melodic and aggressive sound-vision on a music scene unindustrious. With striking new album, Moment, they not only remind of their intelligent, canorous, and attacking designs, but also of a group wholly re-energized and ready to take on their 31st year. Indeed, four years separate Moment from its Swedish Grammy-nominated predecessor Atoma (2016), but the Swedes never sat idle. They toured the globe, logging more miles, and playing more shows than ever before. The veteran death metallers also welcomed two new full-time guitarists in hotshots Christopher Amott (ex-Arch Enemy, ex-Armageddon) and Johan Reinholdz (Andromeda, Nonexist), replacing long-time guitarist and founding member Niklas Sundin, respectively. These events converged Dark Tranquillity positively. From vantage points new and yet with sage experience, they were able to approach Moment with a different mindset. They were electrified by not only Moment’s creation process but were also propelled by the results, which had Dark Tranquillity’s unmistakable DNA as well as an unflinching advance on the future.