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Dark Tranquillity Re-sign To Century Media

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Melodic death sextet Dark Tranquillity - pioneers of the "Gothenburg sound," and an act hailed by Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles as "the best Swedish band on the planet" - have signed a new worldwide recording contract with Century Media Records, the label that released the band's celebrated albums "Projector," "Haven" and "Damage Done."

"We are exceptionally satisfied to announce that we've chosen to continue our cooperation with Century Media for another three albums," the band said in a written statement. "After lengthy negotiations with several prolific labels, the dotted line was finally signed and we have full confidence that we've made the right choice and that there are some excellent years ahead - both for us and for Century Media."

"Dark Tranquillity are the originators and innovators of the melodic death style and a favorite band of the Century Media staff, so we are all extremely proud to continue the professional and very successful cooperation we've managed to have with the band so far," says Leif Jensen, the label's European director of A&R.

As a precursor to the band's new album, "Character" (to be released in January), next month will see Dark Tranquillity issue a low-priced, four-song EP titled "Lost To Apathy." The title track serves as "Character"'s first single; the EP will also include the song's music video, directed by Roger Johansson (The Haunted, In Flames).

The full "Lost To Apathy" EP track listing is as follows:

01. Lost To Apathy (Album version, taken from the forthcoming "Character")
02. Derivation TNB (Previously unreleased, exclusive non-album track)
03. The Endless Feed (Chaos Seed Remix)
04. UnDo Control (Live)

"UnDo Contro", which originally appeared on "Projector," was recorded in October of 2002 in Krakow, Poland during the filming of the band's first live DVD, "Live Damage." This marks the first time it appears in audio form. "The Endless Feed" remix, meanwhile, is an alternate version of a new "Character" track exclusive to this EP.

In addition to the "Lost To Apathy" video, the EP will also include a Dark Tranquillity screensaver. Photos from the video shoot, which took place in the band's hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, can be viewed here. Expect the clip to debut on MTV2 and Fuse in the coming months.

"Lost To Apathy" gives just a taste of the new Dark Tranquillity studio album, "Character," which exceeds all expectations, combining all the band's beloved trademarks with skilled songwriting and relentless modern heaviness. The album will be released on January 25 in North America, and a day earlier throughout Europe.

Dark Tranquillity will be supporting Kreator on a European tour in February and March; prior to that, they will perform a Metal Hammer-sponsored Christmas show in London with labelmates Arch Enemy and The Haunted. The band plans a return to America in the spring.

Source: Century Media Records

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