It's been 23 years since Dark Tranquillity issued their first album and with Atoma, their 11th studio album, they continue to evolve their sound, remaining in top form. The new record will arrive on Nov. 4 through Century Media and the group have issued an emotional music video to accompany the new track "Forward Momentum."

One of the gloomiest songs the Swedes have ever released, it starts off with the rolling energy of a stuttering rhythm and a foreboding atmosphere that signals the doom and gloom soon to follow. In the video, a lone car traverses an endless highway, driving away from civil unrest generated by a molotov cocktail that previously set the landscape ablaze.

Frontman Mikael Stanne sits behind the wheel, his visage reflected in the rearview mirror as his calm clean singing guides the mood. Along for the ride is his apparent family as a young girl looks out the passenger side window, putting her small doll against the glass protecting them from the rain outside. After an argument takes place, an older couple steps outside of the car, unloading luggage and exchanging embraces before venturing apart. Stanne and the girl eventually wind up on the site of a shuttle launch with bags in tow.

Dark Tranquillity explained how the song came together, telling Blabbermouth, "A lot of our songs start out as pieces of music written on piano / keyboards before getting transformed into guitar driven metal. With this recording, we wanted to explore what would happen if we instead let the material take another direction and we're extremely thrilled by the result."

Pre-orders for Atoma can be placed through Amazon or digitally through iTunes.

Catch the band on their North American tour, which kicks off Nov. 4, the same day as Atoma's release. Support will come from Swallow the Sun, Enforcer and Starkill and a list of tour dates can be found at our 2016 Guide to Rock + Metal Tours.

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