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A series of clues are being given on the band's website...

DEPECHE MODE fans are being given the chance to guess the name of the band’s forthcoming new album, with a series of clues being given on their official website, [url=]www.depechemode.com.

Echoing Suede’s tactics for unveiling the title of their last album ‘Head Music’ a letter at a time, they have been giving clues to the letters that make up the title, starting on January 9, and ending on January 11.

The first two clues concerned B-sides to singles ‘A Question Of Love’ and ‘Shake The Disease’ – for full details, see their website. Closing date for guesses is January 15, and the author of one correct entry chosen at random will win a promotional copy of the album, signed by the band, before it hits the shops.

The record, the group’s 11th studio album, is being produced by Mark Bell, founder of Sheffield dance act LFO, who also produced Bjork’s ‘Homogenic’ amd ‘Selmasongs’.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the band have completed 11 or possibly 12 tracks, plus a further two or three instrumentals. Titles include ‘Sweetest Condition’, ‘Breathe’, ‘Dream On’ and ‘When The Body Speaks’.

After a break at Christmas, they returned to the studio on January 8 to finish mixing, which should be completed by the end of next week.

According to [url=]www.mtv.com, the first single to be lifted from it will be ‘Dream On’, which is scheduled to be issued in April on Reprise. The band are also in the process of planning a tour for the summer to coincide with the release of the album, their first since 1997’s ‘Ultra’, and their first new material since the ‘Only When I Lose Myself’ EP in 1998.