"Iridium", the new video from Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's ninth album, "We Are The Void", which sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 15 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
DARK TRANQUILLITY guitarist Niklas Sundin has always been responsible for the band's visual presentation, including cover art, merchandise designs and, more recently, live video projections. His design studio, Cabin Fever, has also created artwork for such other acts as ARCH ENEMY and TURISAS.
"Iridium" represents Sundin's first official film work and is based on the live video projections from DARK TRANQUILLITY's current live show.
Commented DARK TRANQUILLITY vocalist Mikael Stanne: "I remember back in 1996 when Niklas first showed me the rough ideas of something he had recorded on his newly bought portable studio. I instantly loved it but felt at the time that it would be hard for it to fit in on an album. He called it 'Iridium' and I remember sitting in my room trying endlessly to come up with lyrics and vocal melodies for it. After a while, it fell into oblivion until 2000 when Martin Brndstrm joined the band. He and Niklas started working on it again but even then it felt a bit out of place for the album we were working on. So come 2009 and we finally feel ready for this strange piece of music. We once again worked on it for a long time and the end result is something we are very satisfied with. So it only feels natural for Niklas to create his first proper video for this song. I think you find that it accompanies the strangeness of the song and showcases the genius and insanity of the one we call Niklas Sundin. Enjoy!"
Another DARK TRANQUILLITY video from Niklas Sundin, in cooperation with photographer Peter Herneheim, will be released soon.
"We Are The Void" was released in North America on March 9, 2010 via Century Media Records. The LP was made available in Europe as a CD, digital download and strictly limited-edition die-cut digipak featuring two bonus songs ("Stars Of Nothingness" and "To Where Fires Cannot Feed") and a bonus DVD.
DARK TRANQUILLITY will headline the European Neckbreaker's Ball tour in October/November with support from ELUVEITIE, MERCENARY, VARG, GURD and OMNIUM GATHERUM.