Posts Tagged ‘Century Media’

Century Media köps av storbolag – vd bekräftar

26 februari, 2015

Ett av de allra största metalbolagen, kanske till och med det största, är på väg att bli uppköpt. Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group eller Universal nämns som tänkbara köpare.

Century Medias ägare och grundare, Robert Kampf, bekräftade sanningen i vad som först uppstod som rykten igår genom att själv på sin facebooksida i natt lägga upp Blabbermouths nyhet om det kommande köpet och skriva följande:

It’s all Rock and Roll and we love it. \m/

På en direkt fråga från sina vänner på Facebook, huruvida han själv skulle vara kvar eller försvinna, svarade Robert Kampf så här:

I am 100% running it! I have lived and loved it for 25+ years and will continue to do so!! Great new chapter ahead!!

Century Media har i sitt stall svenska band som Marduk, Morbus Chron, At the Gates, Entombed, Watain och Vampire. Till detta kommer till exempel Sonne Adam, Napalm Death och Triptykon. Med andra, it’s a big deal inom hårdrocksvärlden. Senast vi såg något liknande är när Roadrunner köptes av Warner 2007.

 

 

 

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Årets julklapp – en sån där skolplansch Tribulation har

27 november, 2014

Kära jultomen.

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Century Media basunerade idag ut att Tribulation är nästa svenska band som hamnar på bolaget. Tillsammans med hyfsat unga och spännande band som Miasmal, Morbus Chron och Vampire bildar Tribulation nu ett läger av nydanande svensk metal hos det tyska bolaget. Lägg där till Marduk, Entombed, At the Gates och Watain.

I samband med pressreleasen från Century Media kom också en fin bild på bandet i replokalen, och man/kvinna av metal lägger genast märke till en sak: skolplanschen i bakgrunden. ”Ryggradsdjurens byggnad.”

Det är ju en sån ditt hem behöver för att bli riktigt metal under 2015. Särskilt som det är två bra grejer i ett: Skolförlaget i Gävles planscher är alltid rätt. Och metal är aldrig fel. Bara att sätta upp på önskelistan.

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Arch Enemy släpper ny låt med klyschig text

21 mars, 2014

Livspusslet med en hammare.

För er som tycker att TCOs slogan ”livspusslet” handlar om att som en fjortis kriga på alla fronter – hemmet, grannarna, skolan, den försenade filmen till Hemmakväll – nu får ni ytterligare en låt att hänga i granen. Själv känner jag att detta inte riktigt skaver som metal ska, varken text eller musik.

Arch Enemy har bytt sångare, Alissa White-Gluz från kanadensiska The Agonist har numer svenskbandet på sitt CV. Angela Gossow tar ett steg bakåt för att koncentrera sig på att vara manager på heltid för Arch Enemy. Eftersom båda banden ligger på Century Media kan man ana att det är skivbolaget som pushat på och ligger bakom valet av sångerska – hoppas inte det påverkar längden på detta samarbete.

The Agonist – som nota bene gärna lägger in rensång i sina refränger a la Dead By April – har i sin tur ny sångare i Vicky Psarakis.

Amulet skriver på för Century Media

17 oktober, 2013

Hängmannens släkting hamnde i Tyskland.

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Amulet som Bara Metal har hyllat och som Muskelrock har stoltserat med på Tyrolen, har idag gått ut offentligt med att bandet numer ligger på Century Media. Stort grattis till alla inblandade!

Musiken beskrivs på följande vis: ”You can expect short songs with catchy vocals, heavy riffs, soaring leads and bone shaking bass, driven to the limit with pounding drums. A sound that fits somewhere after ‘classic’ Black Sabbath but before Metallica’s scene defining debut.”

”Vad vet Century Media om Entombed? Inte mycket, tydligen!” – bandet svarar fansen

19 september, 2013

Entombed. Vad är det som händer?

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Tydligen finns det en konflikt inom bandet, läs till exempel detta inlägg om varumärket ”EntombeD”, och att döma av det lilla som läckt ut är det mellan Alex Hellid och LG Petrov (uppbackad av Century Media). Jag har ingen aning, men det finns en del faktum som lägger ihop pusselbitarna: I måndags drog till exempel Century Media tillbaka sitt släppdatum (29 oktober) för nya fullängdaren Back to the Front, och menar nu att albumet istället släpps tidigast 2014.

Samtidigt har man tagit bort gruppbilden på bandet (se ovan), och på samma sätt tagit bort Alex Hellids namn från Century Medias sida över Entombed (se nedan). Dessutom leder Century Medias facebooklänk till något helt annat än den officiella facebooksidan.

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Och det där med Facebook är intressant, för Century Medias URL till den sidan är  ”www.facebook.com/entombedofficial.”

Den riktiga, gamla, officiella facebooksidan har inte nämnt ett ord om kommande Back to the Front – förmodligen för att den sköts av Alex Hellid (som också driver Entombeds skivbolag Threeman Recordings), som tydligen inte har medverkat på Back to the Front. Är det förvirrande? You betcha. Läs mer på Aftonbladets hårdrocksblogg.

Men officiella (riktiga, gamla, ni fattar…) hemsidan svarar åtminstone på frågor. Så här såg det ut inatt runt 03:00.

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Vattnet Viskar kommer ut ur dimman med förtruppen

19 juli, 2013

Amerikanska Vattnet Viskar från New York blev en del av Century Media i maj 2012. Sedan dess har jag och många med mig väntat på deras debut, som förväntas bli årets US black metal-album, om inte Woe kniper den platsen.

Nu har första livstecknet kommit, och Fog of Apathy lämnar ingen lyssnare missnöjd. I consil you because is very good. Musiken breder ut sig som ett stort svart hav, fast visst kunde det atmosfäriska manglet i slutet hålla på två minuter till? Klicka dig vidare till stereogum.com, trä på dig hörlurarna och höj volymen. Yarrrrrrrrrr!

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Watain avslöjar titel och släppdatum till nytt album

30 april, 2013

Boka in 19 augusti. Då släpper Watain sitt femte studioalbum, döpt till The Wild Hunt. Albumet är bandets första släpp via Century Media. The Wild Hunt mixades av Tore Stjerna på Necromorbus Studio i Alvik. That was all.

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Earache och Century Media lanserar appar till Spotify

5 februari, 2013

I slutet av januari lanserade Earache sin egen Spotfiy-app. Idag gör Century Media likadant. Ni hittar Earaches här, och Century Medias här. Där kan ni gå in och göra era egna listor, som sedan hela Spotifyvärlden kan ta del av. Lägg gärna upp länkar till dem här på bloggen eller på Bara Metal på Facebook.

Vill du veta mer om Spotify, klicka här för att läsa hur du hittar deras mest lyssnade låtar.

Exclusive interview – Orphaned Land: ”That was the moment that changed my life completely”

2 november, 2012

In late september 2012, while being in Istanbul for gigs, receiving a peace prize and applying for a turkish citizenship, singer Kobi Farhi of israeli Orphaned Land took time to answer my questions. The interview was published in Sweden’s biggest news magazine. This is the whole interview, word by word, in english.

What does the name Orphaned Land actually mean symbolically – is it Israel, is it the Middle East?

– The first meaning you can describe is of course Israel. It is like a paraphrase to the Promised Land or the Holy Land. If that was the description thousands of years ago, and still is described as a holy land… we were 16 years old when we started the band, this was 21 years ago. As youngsters we looked upon our land, and we saw the huge amount om misunderstanding, the wars, we could not see what holiness was left out of this orphaned land. After the huge amount of blood, the wars, human meanings are failed again and again. Human life is sacred, we could have conflicts and disagreements, but the fact that we kill each other, raise our swords or gun or tanks. This is a complete misunderstanding. That is why we saw this land as an orphaned land more than a promised land.

What was it that started Orphaned Land when you put the band together in the early 1990s – you wanted to be the next great Metallica, or you wanted to become more of the peace messengers that you are now?

– We were 16 years old, and our first idea was to have our own metal band. We liked a lot of the metal bands and felt that the music was uncompromising, it is true, not radio friendly. The vocalist shouting everything to your face. We liked that and wanted to do that ourselves. We noticed that there are many bands from Germany, US, England, Sweden of course. But in the Middle East we lacked bands. So we tried to sound like the bands in Europe and the US. But we figured out that we have a lot of influences in our own country, in our own region, in our culture. And we wanted to use that and create a new genre of music. And that is what we did.

But what about the message you have today – was it there from the beginning?

– Yes, that message was the same then as it is today. If you take our album from 1994, even back then I took part from the Quran, in Arabic and in English, and used part from the Jewish bible, and I used Hebrew and Arabic, and the subject was always about the Middle East situation. Sahara Storm is about the conflict between muslims and jews. I’ve never written a song about my personal life, like my girlfriend or stuff like that.

Tell me about the problems you face as an Israeli band trying to play live to all of your fans – you are not welcome to all countries in your region, true?

– First of all, the story starts ten years ago. I wasn’t aware that Arabic people or muslim people were following an Israeli or jewish band. Because it doesn’t make sense. Even in football, Manchester United does not cheer for Liverpool. And that is only football. How came blood enemies follow their enemy? That does not make sense. And that was what happened to me.

– I was sitting at my computer and I got an e-mail from a Palestinian guy, living in Jordan. The e-mail consisted of a video file. When I looked at the video file, I could see a dude, I could not see his face, but I heard our music in the background. He lifted up his sleeve, his t-shirt. And I saw that he had a tattoo of Orphaned Land on his arm. That was the moment that changed my life completely.

– Until that point, the band was in some kind of break. And we did not do too much between the years of 1996 and 2001. When I got this e-mail I realized, I’ve always loved music and music was always a big part of my heart and life, but I did not realize how much power music has, I did not realize that music is a weapon, not a weapon to divide, but to unite.

– So I asked the band members, what more important can you do than being in your band? You could be business man, successful in hi tech, in stock market, but if you have children, a family, if you care about your country and humanity, this is the best thing you could do for mankind.

– From that point it has grown more and more and more. I’ve seen more fans with tattoos, from Lebanon and Dubai. I think that thousands of fans are following Orphaned Land because we can act freely in the Middle East. If you are a metalhead in Syria, in Iran, it is hard to be a metal musician, because people hassle you about your Metallica t-shirt, about your long hair. We even heard about an Orphaned Land fan [in Egypt] who was thrown in jail because of us.

– Rock music is actually illegal in Iran. So it turned out ironically that the Israeli band became the leaders of the genre in the Middle East. People from Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, they could listen to Orphaned Land and immediately feel that Orphaned Land is representing their culture too. We are representing their language, their music scale, their culture. And if you think about it, jews and muslims are not that different from each other. It is just politics that divide them. We are sons from the same father.

– Back to your question – the reality is that as an Israeli I cannot enter Syria, I cannot enter Iran, I cannot enter Lebanon. I can go to Egypt and Jordan but this is really dangerous for me to do that. No one can guarantee that I can get home. There is still a huge amount of people who is brainwashed or who will hurt me.

– The only choice that we have where we can meet those fans is when we play in Istanbul in Turkey. Turkey is a muslim country, but is a free republic, a democracy. In Turkey you can be who you are, you can be a metalhead, a homosexual, religious, it is a great country and that is why I ask for a Turkish citizenship. I strongly feel that Turkey is a model for a great modern muslim country. Imagine that Syria or Iran or Lebanon or Egypt after the Arabic spring, imagine that they will succeed to adopt the Turkey model. That would be amazing!

– Yes we are musicians who cannot play for all of our fans, that is a sad reality for us. I am in touch with many fans in these countries.

– In Istanbul the majority are Turkish people. But I see flags from other countries: Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Bahrain, Iran. But this is only the ones who can afford to travel to Turkey. It is expensive, travelling and hotels. I always ask the promoter to bring these fans backstage, they are always bringing us presents, they are kissing me and you know what, they even kiss the flag of Israel when the camera is off. Because we know, yes, there is a conflict, but we are talking to each other, we do not have problem with each other, we want to live together, we do not mind living in the same building. Last year we were on a tour with bands from Tunisia, from Jordan and from Algeria. And our belly dancer is from Lebanon. We lives together in a tour bus, were we can smell each other’s feet! Each other’s clothes. We lived like that for one month. Like a happy family! We do not need the politics or the propaganda. I see the easy reality, we can get along if we want to.

Are you in contact with the underground bands in your region, outside of Israel?

– Yes. But the bands we toured with, some of them live in European countries. Yes, we are in contact, they see us as the founders of the genre. They always admire us, appreciate us, want to tour with us, because when we play in Europe the fans that are coming are fans of Middle East oriented metal, so our fans can become their fans. We are an example to politicians. I am proud of my band, and proud of those people that has changed their opinion about Israelis. ”Okay I have read in the news paper to believe that A, B, C. But have I ever met an Israeli?” I’ve even asked myself this: ”Have I ever met a Palestinian guy? An Arabian guy? Have I had a decent honest conversation with them?” At one point in my life the answer was no. But I have decided that I am clever enough to judge for myself.

I read in an interview with you that the photo where you are dressed up as different religious people is controversial – but is it considered controversial when you do it?

– It is controversial indeed. But our fans immediately understood. We got some hostile reactions even for using the image of Jesus by catholic people. Some orthodox jews asked me why the jews were on their knees or stuff like that. And arabs asked me why are the arabs are holding the jewish prayer book? I explained it to them, that we are trying to unite cultures. We are trying to do it in an artistic way, we are trying to explain that this is possible, this is beautiful.

– Sometimes muslims are pissed off at me because I use texts from the Quran. I combine it with a very seroius text, serious lyrics. I read the Quran to find the text. We did it with a lot of respect, with dignity. A guy 500 years ago told us that we should not combine the Quran with music and we are following like blind sheep? I cannot accept this. In order to change the fucked up reality, that we raise kids and send them to the army, we must let people think and judge for themselves.

Many people say that metal helps them deal with their aggressions, but for you it seems that metal do the opposite?

– We are coming from a region of aggressions. How much aggression do we need to face? Israel has existed for less than 70 years, and we already have had five wars. Terror. Conflicts. Take the other side, the Palestinians, this is the same story for the. Or the Arab countries, this is the same story for them. We have conflicts of war, of civilians killed, of soldiers killed. Aggression is all over us. Wherever I look there is aggression. I take that aggression and turn it into something else. That is why I chose metal music. To transform aggression into something that unites people, creates brotherhood, friendship, a strong bond between enemies. This is not new age music. This is heavy metal. Could probably only happened in the Middle East and in our region.

I think you have answered the following question indirectly already, but I ask it anyway: Are you against religion in general, since it causes so much trouble, or are you indifferent?

– No, I respect it. I have a lot of friends who are religious. But I have many problems with it. I do not follow any religion myself, but if you ask me, I think music is the biggest religion. Because music literary brings people together, it does not claim to be the absolute truth or way to God, or to heaven or to hell. Music is there to embrace you, to help you in you bad moments. It can combine all religions together.

If you were born in Europe or the US – would you still play music like Orphaned Land? That is, how important is being born in Israel for a band like Orphaned Land?

– You know, speaking about Sweden, we worked with Steven Wilson as a producer on our last album, who also worked with Opeth which is a great band. One day I was sitting with Steven Wilson, and he told me ”You know, if Opeth were born in Israel they would have been Orphaned Land. And if you were born in Sweden, you would have been Opeth.”

So what does the metal community in Israel – Eternal Grey, Salem and so on – say about your broad fan base – are you unique?

– Everyone think that we are unique, and they are proud of us. In many ways we are the flag band of our region.

And Israelis in general?


– People are proud of what we do. Israel is a big machine for bad news. But Orphaned Land is good news. Everyone who hear our story are amazed, they see us as true ambassadors of the country. People are disappointed of the government, or media, or how Israelis are represented in media. So this is definitely good news.

What does internet mean to Orphaned Land in order to unite your fans?

– We owe internet a lot because it wouldn’t be possible for us to reach Arabian countires without Internet. If it wasn’t for internet it would be very hard for Arabian metalheads to be aware of Orphaned Land. There is no commercial benefit, we have even put our album for legal download for free in some Middle Eastern countries. The benefit is bigger than the economical side. I wouldn’t like Swedish fan to download our music illegally though, but in Syria, I’m okay with that.

– And then you have Facebook as well. We always send greetings for the holiday, for all religions even muslim holidays.

Yes, following you on Facebook really shows how wide your fan base is. This I have to ask you – will you ever become a politician?

– No, I contribute more by being a musician. As a politician I belong to a few people who are against other people. As a musician, I belong to everybody, to Palestinians, as much as to Israelis. And to Swedes as much as to Germans and Americans. This privilege I do not want to lose. And I would lose it as a politician.