Magenta (Norwegian band)

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Magenta 2012 - (C) Ixtlan
Background information
Also known as Maggis
Origin Norway
Genres Alternative rock
Industrial rock
Years active 1995–present
Labels AT&MT
Tatra Productions
Associated acts Apoptygma Berzerk, Cadaver, Satyricon, Celtic Frost, DMTMC
Website [1]
Members Anders Odden
Vilde Lockert
Daniel Hill
Erik Engebretsen
Past members Ole Bjerkebakke
Endre Tønnensen
Elec This

Magenta is an industrial rock/alternative rock band from Norway formed by Anders Odden during the summer of 1995; Vilde Lockert joined him on vocals that autumn.[citation needed]

They released their first EP, Magenta in 1997. The song "Secret Sky" entered the charts in Norway and established their career.[citation needed]

Odden was already well-known to most music-oriented people.[citation needed] He has been a member of bands like Apoptygma Berzerk, Cadaver as well as recording for Satyricon, and being a live guitarist for Celtic Frost.[citation needed]

The album Periode was released in March 1998, and Magenta went on tour in Norway and Germany. They signed a new record deal in April 2001 with the German independent label Re:pop Music. In summer 2001, they recorded the album Little Girl Lost, with the producer Vegard Ibo Blomberg. The album was released in Germany on 24 June 2002, and was very well received in the German alternative press.[citation needed] It reached number 4 in the German Alternative Charts during fall 2002. Magenta made a video for "All Over" featuring the band Mortiis, and were surprised to find that The Coca-Cola Company company wanted the song for their worldwide release of Sprite Zero. Magenta's best chart position so far has been for the CD single "All Over", which reached number 2 in the official charts in Greece on July 8, 2002, when the advertising campaign was shown there.[citation needed]

Magenta played a number of gigs in 2002 and 2003 and then took some time off after the Arvika Festival in Sweden in 2003. In 2004 and 2005, Odden re-joined Apoptygma Berzerk on the recording of their album You And Me Against The World. In 2006, Magenta was reinforced with the guitarist Daniel Hill. This was very inspiring for the band and led to one of the most creative periods in the band's history. Magenta released a track with Apoptygma Berzerk called "Friendly fire" in the beginning of 2006, and this led Magenta into a serious writing process for a new album. The first new song of the new direction was "Darkest Dream".[citation needed]

Magenta was also strengthened by Jonas Groth who contributed to the production of the rest of the new album. Art and Accidents was released digitally in November 2008 and officially on February 9, 2009.[1] This album was followed with a full European tour with Gothminister and Trail of Tears. Magenta was joined by the drummer, Erik Engebretsen, for this tour. With Hill now permanently on bass guitar, Magenta had for the first time in their history a stable line up. Odden decided to explore new grounds for Magenta and decided to write lyrics in Norwegian: the idea came to him as an epiphany on stage in London on his birthday, 20 December 2009, when he performed with Satyricon watching 1000 Englishmen sing along to "Den Siste" in Norwegian.[citation needed]

Magenta Aus Norwegen was recorded between September and December 2011 and was first be released as a series of digital EPs. The first single, "To Var Ett"/"Tvillingsjäl" featured guest musicians Niklas Kvarforth and Peter Huss from the Swedish black metal band, Shining.[citation needed]

In the beginning of 2013, Magenta began recording their comeback album, Songs For the Dead, for which they have returned to their roots of dismal dark and misty music with enchanting vocals, in English.[citation needed]


Guests on Magenta records and concerts in the past[edit]


Magenta is a band that likes to work without conventional genre understanding. They have used elements from various genres, including rock, pop, metal, trip hop, electro, techno, industrial, new wave, gothic, acoustic, psychedelic, trance and film music and refuse to be labeled. "Magenta is my playground where I can be as diverse and melodic as I want to," says Odden in an attempt to describe Magenta.


Full-length studio albums and EPs[edit]

  • Magenta (The Secret Sky) EP 1997 AT&MT
  • Periode 1998 Tatra
  • Little Girl Lost 2003 Re:pop
  • Art and Accidents 2009 AT&MT
  • Magenta Aus Norwegen 2012 AT&MT


  • "One Mind" SGL 1998 Tatra
  • "All Over" SGL 2002 Re:pop
  • "Shine On" (2006) Gun Records
  • "Darkest Dream" 2008 AT&MT
  • "To Var Ett"/"Tvillingsjäl" 2012 AT&MT

Magenta made a collaboration song with Apoptygma Berzerk on their "Shine On" single named "Friendly Fire", which was also included on their 2006 Black EP.


  1. ^ Magenta – Art And Accidents at Discogs

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