Posted in metal | music on January 21, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall


Sad news for the metal world: Bilboard reports that Oliver Withöft, co-owner of German metal label Century Media, has died at the age of 49. Withöft, who joined the label a year or so after it's founding in 1988, had withdrawn from daily operations at Century Media due to an undisclosed heart condition some time last year, according to Metal Injection. Various industry professionals and musicians, including Nachtmystium's Blake Judd, have expressed their condolences. Øystein G. Brun of Norweigan black metal band Borknagar, who are signed to Century Media, offered the following on behalf of the band on their Facebook page:

"We have just received the very sad news that co-founder and CEO of Century Media Records, Oliver Withöft, passed away at an age of 49.

This is a utterly sad day for everyone associated to the Century Family and it is a day of great loss for the music business in general.

But first and foremost we want to express our deepest condolences to his closest family!

A great man has fallen!"

Century Media is and has been home to many important metal acts, including Celtic Frost, Pentagram, Eyehategod, Blind Guardian, Deicide, Behemoth, Satyricon, Ulver, Emperor, Taake, Opeth, Immolation, Arch Enemy and many, many more, as well as hardcore acts like Earth Crisis, Sick of it All and Cro-Mags.

Rest in peace, Oliver.



Comments (13)

Thank you Oliver for helping spread such amazing music.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 6:16 PM

that dude does not look like a headbanger

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 6:25 PM

^ He doesn't follow your rules, man!

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Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 9:21 PM

Bummer to hear it, Century Media was THE gateway label for me.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 10:12 PM

Century Media had like one good band (Merauder) and the rest was sausage trash. The gateway label to Slipknot maybe, LOL.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 5:02 AM

You sausages embarrass me more than just about anything else, so notice the complete lack of insult, accusation, and general instigation from me and my peers in this death thread. Take that as a warning sausages, next time you want to accuse someone of having AIDS or such. You've been served.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 8:43 AM

^No one with friends would say "you've been served", thereby proving the trolling posts are one person. Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 10:55 AM

10:55 is a 5'2" bearded little piggy sausage. Squeal piggy!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 5:07 PM

wait, sausages have friends? oh that's like i promise not to ...

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 5:11 PM

Can't wait to see these guy

Posted by Mcculloch | February 26, 2014 5:49 AM

I rode a steam train today. That was relaxing. Now I'm listening to something that could power said steam train. I love metal! Whether on a train or listening to it.

Posted by Laur | November 2, 2014 5:54 PM

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