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Unchained Melody: Revisiting the influential Gothenburg sound

How did a small city in Sweden birth one of our most influential scenes? Three decades since At The Gates, In Flames and Dark Tranquillity emerged, we look back on the city's musical history

"The part of Gothenburg we’re all from is really tiny. There is basically one bus route that leads into the city…”

When dissecting the evolution of modern heavy metal, there is no questioning the monumental importance of what is now widely known as ‘the Gothenburg sound’. From the outside, Sweden’s hugely influential underground metal scene of the late 80s and early 90s may seem faintly exotic and glamorous, but the truth is that At The Gates, In Flames and Dark Tranquillity – the scene’s most significant bands – began their march towards greatness on public transport.


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