Candlelight Records has announced a new North American agreement with Germany's AFM Records. Under the agreement, Candlelight will cooperatively market and release several titles, including new records from MASTERPLAN, ROB ROCK and ANNIHILATOR.AFM Label Manager Nils Wasko says of the new cooperation, "We are very happy that AFM has found a professional license partner for the USA and that everyone at Candlelight is so enthusiastic about our releases. We are really looking forward to working with them." Candlelight's Edward Christie says, "We are very excited about the new cooperation with AFM. Nils and his staff have a great roster and really support and believe in their artists; something we mirror at Candlelight. We expect great results from our agreement and look forward to getting started." Based outside Frankfurt, Germany, AFM Records was founded by SQUEALER vocalist Andreas "Henner" Allendörfer over ten years ago. Since then the company has grown to include an impressive roster of artists and a growing worldwide sales base. AFM is the current home to DORO (former vocalist of WARLOCK), DESTRUCTION, U.D.O., TANKARD and the early recordings from EDGUY.
Since its launch January 2001, Candlelight's U.S. operation has released over 150 albums across its three U.S. imprints. The label is home to early albums from OPETH (recently signed to Roadrunner), the entire recording history of EMPEROR, plus recent releases from CROWBAR, ENSLAVED, MARDUK, and debuts from current buzz bands OCTAVIA SPERATI and KRYOBURN. Headquartered in London, Candlelight's U.S. offices are based outside Philadelphia. The label is distributed exclusively in the U.S. by Caroline Distribution; in Canada by PHD Canada; throughout the rest of the world by Plastichead Music Distribution.