Century Media Records has announced a partnership with Swedish black metallers MARDUK and the band's record label, Blooddawn Productions.
Morgan Hkansson, owner of Blooddawn Productions, guitar player and founding member of MARDUK, as well as bass player in DEATH WOLF, comments: "It's with great pleasure that I can announce the cooperation between MARDUK and Century Media as we enter into a long-term deal.
"After over 20 years as a band and the last 10 years on Regain Records, we decided to march on. We have received an enormous amount of offers. But in the end, we see Century Media as the best partner and best platform for us to operate from. Century Media has a strong foundation and the vision that we have been looking for.
"So from this November day, MARDUK as well as my label Blooddawn Productions, including the band DEATH WOLF, are in league with Century Media."
Jens Prueter, head of A&R at Century Media Records in Europe, states "We always had a soft spot for bands with a history: legendary bands like CELTIC FROST, NAPALM DEATH, PARADISE LOST, SICK OF IT ALL, etc. Bands that helped to define a whole genre and who haven't been afraid to follow their own vision with all consequences. Therefore I feel honored to announce the new worldwide cooperation between Century Media Records and Blooddawn Productions.
"MARDUK released their groundbreaking demo 20 years ago and laid the foundation of Swedish black metal so 2011 marks a historic anniversary to start with a new team to continue their path."
MARDUK completed the "7 Bowls Of Wrath" North American tour in early June.
The band's latest EP, "Iron Dawn", was made available at the Maryland Deathfest on May 27 (May 30 in the rest of the world via Regain Records) and at the six North American shows that followed.
According to a press release, the songs included on "Iron Dawn" differ from the concept that is being created for the next full-length album. Therefore this EP was made available as a special treat for all MARDUK legionaries out there.
"Wormwood", the eleventh album from MARDUK, sold around 650 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 99 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.