2008 has become an extremely exciting year in the history of Century Media Records, one of the world's most respected independent homes for heavy music, as the label is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The company's anniversary year started off with an extremely successful, first-ever yard sale/party at the Century Media office in Dortmund (Germany) in June, where several hundred guests partied out on exclusive live shows by ANGEL DUST and TURISAS. Video footage of the event can be viewed below. A photo gallery is available at this location.
To further celebrate this anniversary, Century Media Records will release the very special 2CD compilation "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" on September 15 in Europe and on October 14 in North America. The all-covers release includes 32 mostly exclusive recordings and will be available in stores for the price of one CD. Sticking to the "keep it in the family" slogan, CM approached its artists about covering songs from other acts within the label's repertoire and the response from the musicians was overwhelming. Some choices were obvious and homages to the bands that influenced them, others were inspired picks. This combination ended up leading to a heavily entertaining and truly special final result across all sub-genres of heavy music.
"Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" 2CD track listing:
CD 1 (67:36)
01. ARCH ENEMY covering DREAM EVIL's "The Book Of Heavy Metal"
02. DARK TRANQUILLITY covering SENTENCED's "Broken"
03. HEAVEN SHALL BURN covering TIAMAT's "Whatever That Hurts"
04. SHADOWS FALL covering ONLY LIVING WITNESS's "December"
05. BRAND NEW SIN covering ICED EARTH's "Watching Over Me"
06. WOLF covering MOONSPELL's "Alma Mater"
07. MERCENARY covering ARCH ENEMY's "Burning Angel"
08. GOD FORBID covering MERAUDER's "Master Killer"
09. WARBRINGER covering UNLEASHED's "Execute Them All"
10. GRAVE covering ASPHYX's "Vermin"
11. ARCHITECTS covering STAMPIN' GROUND's "Officer Down"
12. NAPALM DEATH covering DESPAIR's "Outconditioned"
13. KRISIUN covering DEMOLITION HAMMER's "Human Dissection"
14. CRYPTOPSY covering STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's "Oh My Fucking God"
15. MAROON covering SAMAEL's "Baphomet's Throne"
16. WATCH THEM DIE covering BLOODBATH's "Breeding Death"
CD 2 (66:47 min)
01. FIREWIND covering NEVERMORE's "Believe In Nothing"
02. DREAM EVIL covering ARCH ENEMY's "Let The Killing Begin"
03. FEAR MY THOUGHTS covering HEAVEN SHALL BURN's "The Weapon They Fear"
04. THE AGONIST covering DARK TRANQUILLITY's "Monochromatic Stains"
05. THE FORSAKEN covering GRAVE's "You'll Never See"
06. DEVIAN covering MORGOTH's "Isolated"
07. HEAVEN SHALL BURN covering MERAUDER's "Downfall Of Christ"
08. ABORTED covering TURMOIL's "Playing Dead"
09. TERROR covering SUBZERO's "Boxed In"
10. NAPALM DEATH covering HELLHAMMER's "Messiah"
11. ASPHYX covering CELTIC FROST's "Os Abysmi Vel Daath"
12. ZIMMERS HOLE covering OLD MAN'S CHILD's "Doommaker"
13. FU MANCHU covering PENANCE's "Words To Live By"
14. MANNTIS (feat. IN THIS MOMENT) covering LACUNA COIL's "Heaven's A Lie"
15. KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI covering THE GATHERING's "Leaves"
16. INTRONAUT covering EYEHATEGOD's "Dixie Whiskey"
Exclusive online advance feature: To share some of these stunning versions with all of you, Century Media will present you one song taken off "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" rotating each week up to the end of the year every Thursday at this location.