NewsSeptember 17, 2008 4:37 PM ET4,639 views

Ex-Century Media head launches new label

Former Century Media Records President, Marco Barbieri, has officially launched a new label called M-Theory Audio. Barbieri, who left Century Media in 2007, has released the following: "While having stepped down from my Presidential position at Century Media last year I opted for a change in priorities and a different kind of work. While those two things still hold true it's difficult to give up what you know and love and I've been slowly creeping back into the industry via different areas, such as artist management, publishing, consulting, production and promotion. Now I'm going to add record label to that list. Note, all this is still done on a part-time/hobby level and aside from managing WARBRINGER, I'm not trying to compete with any of the big, established companies. Instead, I'm focusing on small, developing acts which won't take too much time but still gives me a creative outlet. The label is no different. While I've had the pleasure and experience of Century Media=2 0and Metal Blade and through them other iconic imprints such as Noise, Nuclear Blast and others I've always held a fascination with small, underground, DIY labels and now I've started my own. "Upon my return to Las Vegas last year I began running into old friends, amongst them old band members. When I was a teenager Papsmear was the closest thing we had to Slayer, Exodus or Kreator and many here were enamored with them. Despite some compilation appearances the group never broke out of the Vegas scene and eventually broke up. I always cherished their first two ‘80s demos and through conversations with the band I've agreed to release a CD, limited to a 1000 copies, collecting these demos, with a bunch of extra live tracks and a bonus DVD featuring 3 live shows. This release will be done jointly with Metal War Productions, out of Philadelphia, whose co-owner Spencer is also a big supporter of the band and shared the same vision of making the music available again and to a wider audience. So, on October 28th prepare for Music To Kill By from Papsmear as the first release from my new label, M-Theory Audio. This CD can be already pre-ordered at here for the special price of $10 and should soon be available through metal specialty vendors, online download spots and through either me or Metal War Prod. I'm already speaking to some other old-school bands about reissuing material and while I'm not currently signing any new acts I won't rule it out if I've got the time and am having fun. Distributors and stores please get in touch:"

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