Century Media kicks off 25 years with a sale

$7.99 or less on iTunes for some of the best metal

Century Media Records turns 25 this year, and to celebrate, they teamed up with Apple’s iTunes to sell the “Top 25” best-selling albums from their collection.

Each of the 25 albums are to be sold for $7.99 or less. The sale kicked off yesterday, following the record label’s announcement, and will end on Monday, December 16.

Founded in 1988, Century Media is one of the leading independent labels in the music industry, boasting a roster that spans almost every sub-genre within heavy metal and hard rock, and a massive back catalog that includes some of the genre’s most legendary acts. The label celebrated its 25th anniversary this year with new releases from Queensrych, Butcher Babies, Watain, Eyes Set to Kill and Buckcherry, among many others. 

To further honor this landmark, Century Media has teamed-up with iTunes for a “Top 25” sale from 12/3-12/16. All of the following best-sellers will be available for $7.99 or less:

 “Top 25” iTunes sale titles:

ARCH ENEMYDoomsday Machine

CANDIRIA300 Percent Density

CELTIC FROSTMonotheist

CRYPTOPSYWhisper Supremacy

DARK TRANQUILLITYDamage Done

EYEHATEGODTake As Needed for Pain

GOD FORBIDGone Forever

GRAVE Into the Grave

ICED EARTH Something Wicked This Way Comes

IN FLAMESSounds Of A Playground Fading

IN THIS MOMENTBlood

LACUNA COILComalies

MERAUDERMaster Killer

MOONSPELLIrreligious

NACHTMYSTIUMAssassins: Black Meddle Pt. 1

NEVERMOREThis Godless Endeavor

ONLY LIVING WITNESSProne Mortal Form

SENTENCEDAmok / Love & Death

SHADOWS FALLThe War Within

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD City

STUCK MOJO Pigwalk

SUICIDE SILENCEThe Cleansing

THE GATHERINGNighttime Birds

TIAMATWildhoney / Gaia – EP

OTHERWISETrue Love Never Dies

Century Media was founded by Robert Kampf in Dortmund, Germany in 1988 and has gone on to launch the careers of bands such as Divine Heresy, Eyehategod, Nevermore, Moonspell, Diecast, Suicide Silence, Winds of Plague, Iced Earth, God Forbid, Lacuna Coil, In This Moment, Architects, Warbringer, and Shadows Fall. The label specializes in many different styles of heavy metal music. A number of artists listed are licensed to Century Media for the American market from labels mostly based in Europe. Century Media is also home to Napalm Death, Celtic Frost, and Trouble. From 1995 to 2007, Marco Barbieri was the label’s president.

The label’s most popular band is Lacuna Coil. Shadows Fall experienced its greatest success during its time with the label. Iconic hardcore punk band Sick of It All also resides in the Century Media family. Lacuna Coil’s 2002 album, Comalies, became Century Media’s first act to crack the Billboard 200 album chart, peaking at #178 two years after its release. Their fourth album, Karmacode, improved on that achievement, having sold over 490,000 copies since its release, and peaking at #28 on the US Billboard Album Chart. It hit number one on the Top Independent Albums Chart. Shadows Fall’s 2004 album, The War Within, set a new milestone for the label with a Top 20 debut on the Billboard 200 and also debuted at number one on the Independent Albums chart, having sold over 300,000 copies since its release.

Other notable artists on the label that have also made appearances on the Billboard 200 include In This Moment, Arch Enemy, Stuck Mojo, Nightrage, Behemoth, Strapping Young Lad, Suicide Silence and God Forbid. The Finnish band Sentenced were awarded on August 14, 2008 for their platinum Buried Alive DVD labelled by Century Media. In April 2009, the label announced that they were extending their existing distribution deal with EMI, who had been distributing their releases in the United States since 1997, and in Europe since 2005, to include Australasia.

Century Media Records online: http://www.centurymedia.com/