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Magenta is an Metal/Industrial/Ambient band from Norway formed by Anders Odden during the summer of 1995; Vilde Lockert joined him on vocals that autumn. They released their first EP simply named Magenta in 1997.
The song Secret Sky went into the charts in Norway and established their career. Anders Odden was already a well-known name to most of the music-oriented people. He’s been members of bands like Apoptygma Berzerk, Cadaver as well as recording for Satyricon, and being liveguitarist for Celtic Frost. The album Periode was released in march 1998, and Magenta went on tour in Norway and Germany. Magenta signed a new record-deal in April 2001 with the German indielabel Re:pop Music.
The summer of 2001 saw the recording of the album Little girl Lost, when they joined forces with producer, Vegard Ibo Blomberg The album was released in Germany the 24th of June 2002, and was very well received in the German alternative press. It reached number 4 in both the German Alternative Charts during the fall of 2002. Magenta made a video for All Over featuring Mortiis, but were quite stunned to find out that Coca-Cola company wanted this song for their worldwide release of Sprite Zero. The best chart position so far has been reached when Magenta CD single "All Over" climbed to number 2 in the official charts in Greece on July 8, 2002, when this campaign went into a frenzy there.
Magenta played a lot of gigs in 2002/2003 and the took some time off after the Arvika Festival in Sweden in 2003.
Anders re-joined Apoptygma Berzerk on the recording of their new album "You And Me Against The World" in 2004/2005. In 2006, Magenta was reinforced with bass maniac Daniel Hill. This was very inspiring for the band and led to one of the most creative period in the bands history. Magenta released a track together with Apoptygma Berzerk called Friendly fire in the beginning of 2006, and this kicked Magenta into a serious writing process for the new album.
Magenta was also enforced with Jonas Groth who contributed to the production of the rest of the new album. Art and Accidents was released in November 2008 digitally and then officially on February 9, 2009. This album was followed up with a full European tour along with Gothminister and Trail of Tears.
Magenta was joined by drummer, Erik Engebretsen, for this tour. With Daniel Hill now permanently on bass Magenta had for the first time in their history a stabile lineup.
Anders Odden decide to explore new grounds for Magenta and came up with the idea to write lyrics in Norwegian. This idea came to him as an epiphany on stage in London on his birthday 20th of december 2009 when he performed with Satyricon watching 1000 Englishmen sing along to "Den Siste" in Norwegian.
Magenta Aus Norwegen was recorded between september and december 2011 and will first be released as a string of digital Eps. Magenta Aus Norwegen 1 was released on the 1st of March 2012 feature guests musicians Niklas Kvarforth and Peter Huss from Swedish black metal band, Shining.
In the beginning of 2013 Magenta began recording their comeback album, Songs For the Dead. They return to their roots of dismal dark and misty music with the enchanting vocals, in English yet again.