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Darklands was formed in 1992 by Ariel Sanga (guitar), Robert Bergius (bass), Jani Erickson (drums) & Erik Barthold (vocals, also the drummer of wellknown Left Hand Solution). After a few months the band split up and this could have been the end of the Darklands-story...

The band reunited with a drummer named Mårten Mangefors. Two songs were recorded for the compilation cassette "Sundsvall Underground" in April 1994. The very same year they also recorded and released their debut demotape "Diablerie". That tape was highly praised in various zines, and of course by all the rockers in the bands hometown, Sundsvall. Another demo tape was actually recorded in 1995, but it was never released, due to the fact that Darklands got signed to the, at the time, young & fresh recordcompany - Heathendoom Music.

In the spring 1996 they released their debut three-track mini-CD "Chronicles" on HDM. It shows everybody what kind of band this is... Dark, emotional, gothic, romantic music from the bottoms of the heart.

Recently they have recruited a new drummer named Jonas Wisén and we are also proud to tell you that the DARKLANDS tour in Sweden together with the pop/rockers THE CONFUSIONS (Massproduktion/Stockholm Records) was a successful experience. The tour lasted for nine days and the dates were: 17/2 - Karlstad - Jäger, 18/2 - Örebro - P2, 19/2 - Alvesta - Heydays, 20/2 - Ängelholm - Gottwalds, 21/2 - Hässleholm - Perrong 23, 22/2 - Lindesberg - Musikhuset, 23/2 - Norrköping - Kulturkammaren, 24/2 - Sundsvall - Pipeline & the last date were 26/2 - Stockholm - Tre Backar . DARKLANDS is the first Heathendoom Music act to do an full tour. The reactions from the crowd was awesome, they really got into this dark rocking boys music. Their full-lenght album, simply entitled "Darklands" was also recently released on cassette format in Romania through ROCRIS DISC. Now DARKLANDS is preparing themselves for the forthcoming recording of their second full-lenght effort, yet untitled. HEATHENDOOM will be the label for it, at least for Europe.

Musically Darklands is a cross between Type O´Negative, The Doors & Danzig. A very interesting mix, I hear you say, and I can assure it is!!

A better picture will be added later...!

The DARKLANDS line-up 1999:

Barthold-Vocals.
Bergius-Bass guitar.
Sanga-Guitar.
Wisén-Drums.
Uno Helmersson-Keys.


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"Chronicles" MCD HEATHENDOOM MUSIC APRIL 1996

"Darklands" CD HEATHENDOOM MUSIC MAY 1998

"A Memory Of You" CDs HEATHENDOOM MUSIC OCTOBER 1998

"Darklands" CASS ROCRIS DISC SRL DECEMBER 1998

"Darklands" CASS DAGDY MUSIC (Poland) JUNE 1999

 

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ARIEL SANGA
BJÖRNEBORGSG. 4
S-852 38 SUNDSVALL
SWEDEN

Darklands homepage: http://www.surf.to/darklands
e-mail: arielsanga@hotmail.com


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