Not to be confused with the Welsh band formed in the early 2000s, Magenta is a Norwegian electro-goth rock project founded in 1995 by future husband-and-wife Vilde Lockert (voice) and Anders Odden, guitar, programming, and voice -- formerly with death metal pioneers Cadaver), with frequent support from Daniel Hill (guitar, backing vocals), and assorted guest musicians over the years. Beginning with 1997's "Secret Sky" single, Magenta began racking up both radio spins and critical accolades in their homeland; and with their subsequent EP of the same name, they quickly made inroads into Germany -- initially due to its controversial art (depicting a Barbie doll throwing a "sieg heil"-like salute), until the music itself took hold. Encouraged by this enthusiastic response, Magenta released their debut album, Periode, a year later, then played shows in several European nations before shooting a video for "Secret Sky" in New York City. Their next album, Little Girl Lost, was unveiled in 2002, and Magenta collaborated with musical goblin Mortiis on the video for first single, All Over, before embarking on their most extensive tour yet, culminating in a performance at the 2003 Arvika Festival. The band went on hiatus for the next few years, while both Lockert and Odden kept busy with parallel projects (including a new Cadaver album, a tour with the legendary Celtic Frost, and organizing the yearly Inferno Festival in Oslo). In late 2008, they reconvened to release Art and Accidents. After releasing a series of digital EPs performed entirely in Norwegian (Magenta Aus Norwegen), the band recorded a somber comeback LP, Songs for the Dead, which was released in 2015 on Cleopatra Records and inspired by the death of Ministry's Mike Scaccia.
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