German thrash metallers BONDED have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records.
Formed by scene veterans Bernd "Bernemann" Kost (guitar) and Markus "Makka" Freiwald (drums) in 2018 after their exit as longtime members of SODOM, musical partners Marc Hauschild (bass) and DESTROY THEM/ex-SUICIDAL ANGELS member Chris Tsitsis (guitar) were quickly added to the ranks in order to continue working on new own material as well as to develop the concept for a new entity, which was finally completed with the addition of ASSASSIN frontman Ingo Bajonczak (vocals) and consequently named BONDED.
Bernemann commented: "BONDED have proudly signed their contract and are now looking forward to the future cooperation with Century Media Records. As a local band from Dortmund, this union with the traditional Dortmund music label means a lot to us and we are excited to be a part of the Century family. We are familiar with CMR since their very beginnings in 1988 and we are very happy to have found a strong partner for the launch of BONDED in them".
Makka added: "A long and busy period lies behind us, as we are very proud and pleased to announce that BONDED has signed to Century Media Records. We have invested a lot of time, work and passion in the band and will now continue the journey together with a strong and heavy partner. We are looking forward to working with CMR and hope to stay BONDED for a long time."
Century Media Records director Philipp Schulte commented: "We are very happy to announce the signing of BONDED. Welcome to Century Media! And welcome back, Makka and Bernemann! It was about time. The first recordings that BONDED played to us some months ago were already of very high quality. Now the debut album is in the making, and what I have heard speaks a very clear language: BONDED play straight-forward metal with a high level of musicality. Teutonic thrash done right. You better watch out!
A video message from the band to comment on the signing and their current status of activities can be seen below.
A first demo pre-production version of the song "God Given" was recently launched online to introduce BONDED.
BONDED is currently putting the finishing touches on its still-untitled debut album for Century Media Records, which is being engineered and produced by Cornelius Rambadt (SODOM, DISBELIEF, ONKEL TOM) at the Rambado Recording Studio in Essen, Germany.
Chris Tsitsis - Guitar
Marc Hauschild - Bass
Ingo Bajonczak - Vocals
Markus "Makka" Freiwald - Drums
Bernd "Bernemann" Kost - Guitar
SODOM bassist/vocalist Thomas "Angelripper" Such fired Kost and Freiwald in January 2018, explaining in a social media post that he wanted "to start all over again with fresh and hungry musicians." Kost and Freiwald later released a joint statement claiming that they were dismissed from the band by Tom via messaging platform WhatsApp even before Tom had a chance to hear any of the material the duo had been working on for the group's next album.