Fronted by vocalist Vilde Lockert, MAGENTA was formed in Norway in the summer of 1995 by Anders Odden, whose experience includes stints with bands such as APOPTYGMA BERZERK and CADAVER, as well as recording for SATYRICON, live guitarist with CELTIC FROST and guesting with MINISTRY. Over the years, the band has released a series of albums and singles, as well as a video with MORTIIS, and the current lineup was completed by guitarist Daniel Hill in 2006. Hill's arrival signalled the start of a new dynamism and creativity for the band, which has culminated in the release of "Art And Accidents" on the All This And Music Too label on February 9.The band has steadfastly refused to be stereotyped and likes to work outside of the conventional genre definitions, using elements that include rock, pop, metal, trip hop, electro, techno, industrial, new wave, gothic, acoustic, psychedelic, trance and film music. Odden best summed it up his creation like this: "MAGENTA is my playground where I can be as diverse and melodic as I want. Not being tied to any particular genre definition means we don’t have to restrict ourselves too narrowly, and allows us all to make the kind of music we feel like making at any given time. We all have a lot of musical experience in many genres, and as individuals we work with amazingly diverse types of artists, both in the studio and live, and each of us brings something a bit unique to the mix."
Described by Odden as "THE HUMAN LEAGUE meeting SISTERS OF MERCY in a neon-lit dungeon," "Art and Accidents" includes guest appearances by GOTHMINISTER, Jonas Groth and Stu Manx from GLUECIFER, and Angel and Geir from APOPTYGMA BERZERK, and is complemented by the release of two specially commissioned videos by Sandra Jensen for the track "Darkest Dream". "Art And Accidents" track listing: 01. Darkest Dream
03. To Die For (featuring Gothminister)
04. Black Tomorrow
05. The One
06. Massive Enigma (featuring Jonas Groth)
07. In Your Arms
08. Fallen Angel
09. Wasted Heart
10. No One Is With Me
11. Electric Fear (Elec This Mix)
12. Darkest Dream (Elec This Mix)
13. To Die For (original version) The entire album is currently being streamed on MAGENTA's MySpace page. Below are the two official videos by Sandra Jensen for the track "Darkest Dream".