London, U.K.-based progressive extreme metal band DE PROFUNDIS has signed a licensing deal with Sony BMG Entertainment to release the group's debut album, "Beyond Redemption", in India. The CD, originally self-released by the band in 2007, has gone on to receive international acclaim and has helped DE PROFUNDIS land major festival slots, including MMD Festival 2008 in Athens, Greece and Bloodstock Open Air 2008 in the U.K. In February 2009, DE PROFUNDIS supported IRON MAIDEN at Bangalore's Rock in India festival.The band writes in a statement: "It was during our stay in India ahead of the Rock in India festival that Sony BMG contacted us with view to releasing our debut album. When we first heard about this, we couldn't believe it! Having spoken to the CEO of Sony Music India, we were impressed by their enthusiasm towards DE PROFUNDIS. All the contracts have now been signed and the album will be launched next month. Initially, the deal will cover India exclusively, where the label feels that they can promote us successfully following our support slot to IRON MAIDEN. "In an era where illegal downloading is crippling the music industry, we are pleased that labels are still signing extreme metal acts and are very grateful to be given this opportunity to prove ourselves on a major label. We look forward to building a successful relationship with Sony BMG." DE PROFUNDIS will be returning to India later this year for a full headlining to support the release. In other news, DE PROFUNDIS will enter the studio on June 5 to start recording the follow-up to "Beyond Redemption", which will be produced by Fernando Pereira (MISANTHROPE, ORAKLE). The new CD will feature "seven epic tracks and will further explore the band's eclectic black, death and doom metal influences," according to a press release. New addition Arran McSporran (SEVEN7) will be recording all the bass tracks on the album. The band's next confirmed live appearance will be at Romania's Rock City Open Air festival. For more information, visit www.deprofundistheband.com.