Century Media Records signs Sonne AdamMonday, February 21, 2011 8:25 AM PT / 3,842 views
Official press release: Century Media Records proudly announce the worldwide signing of Israel-based old school death metal band Sonne Adam, who will unleash their stunning debut album "Transformation" on April 4, 2011 in Europe. Jens Prueter (Head Of A&R, Century Media Records Europe): "Back in 1991, Century Media Records released the groundbreaking debut albums by Asphyx, Grave, Morgoth and Unleashed as well as the second album of Tiamat. It was the year death metal changed the metal world and thousands of bands were founded in garages around the world. 20 years later we are proud to sign a young band from Tel Aviv, Israel that knows the meaning of death unfortunately better than most of us. Sonne Adam mix the old doom/death of early Paradise Lost and technical insanity of early Morbid Angel with a fresh passion and raw energy that reminds me of the hunger and dedication I heard in the aforementioned debut albums 20 years ago, without sounding retro. Welcome to a new chapter of Century Media Death Metal!" The history of Sonne Adam (which roughly translates into "hate humanity" in Hebrew) dates back to 2007 when a young Israeli duo consisting of Davidov (all instruments) and Dahan (vocals) started a musical project to create "death metal in the vein of early Paradise Lost but with a more shamelessly evil and blasphemous touch and some Morbid Angel thrown in the mix". Plain and simple. The band's first recording was an EP named "The Sun Is Dead" (which so far remains unreleased) followed by another EP named "Armed With Hammers" which caught the attention of underground label Imperium Productions from Germany who subsequently released it on 7" vinyl in 2010. The resulting underground buzz within the deepest depths of forums and fanzines mounted in the renowned German Rock Hard magazine even awarding it the title "demo of the month" and predicting the band to become a hot topic among all death metal maniacs. Seeing Sonne Adam developing into an amazing, highly promising underground act, Century Media Records picked them up for the release of the band's debut album "Transformation" in cooperation with Imperium Productions who will handle the album's vinyl version. The band itself never thought about ending up on such a big label as Davidov states: "We didn't imagine that we will receive so much attention when we wrote the album a year and a half ago, when the "Armed With Hammers" EP wasn't even released yet. Hell, we didn't even know back than how strong the old school death metal scene will be again. We never were "label hunters" so it was a big surprise. Actually, being from Israel and signing to a big label is more crucial than you think as we are very isolated from our crowd. No matter what, our heart is in the underground. Always was and always will be! If someone thinks that we are selling out he can go f**k himself. We are very pleased with signing with Century Media." The cornerstones of Sonne Adam's sound are heavy, downtuned, diverse and all-consuming lava-esque riffs, unholy, triumphant vocals, thundering drums and a song-writing filled to the brim with fascinating twist and turns. Combined with metaphorical, dark and blasphemous lyrics "Transformation" ultimately stands out from the mass as an authentic, occult and earnest metal opus that leaves nothing to desire and should find many new supporters among extreme metalheads worldwide. It's an album that propagates originality implying respect for the original precursors and creative ingenuity in equal measure. It's damn great dark death metal, plain and simple. As a glimpse of what to expect, check out songs from the "Armed With Hammers" EP at www.myspace.com/sonneadam.