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August 30, 2010

Amphi festival 2011 press release: date, tickets, bands


VII AMPHI Festival – The ORKUS Open Air 2011

-Press release-

Dear Amphi Fans,

The date has been set, the Tanzbrunnen booked and the pre sale has begun. While the preparations for the Amphi Festival 2011 proceed with big leaps, it is high time to unveil the first batch of bands.

First bands confirmed for the Amphi Festival 2011

On 16. & 17. July 2011 34 bands on 2 stages, as well as a supporting programme in the seated Theatre, are awaiting you at the Tanzbrunnen Cologne. Starting into the new season we are happy to present a rich selection of fabulous artists. Among others, still to be announced, the following acts are entering the Amphi stages for you in summer 2011:


Blackfield 2011: Advance ticket sale -10Eur off for purchases until Oct-31

Sat 25th + Sun 26th June 2011 – Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen & Burg Querfurt

Advance ticket sales start 30th August 2010 – Tickets are going to be 10,-€ off if purchased until 31st October !

via Blackfield Festival official page

When this year’s festival came to an end, we immediately started preparations for Blackfield 2011 – since such a festival is a lot of work especially if it does include two festivals we need to organise and prepare. You got that right: Two festivals!


Eisbrecher on tour again: advance ticket sale

EISBRECHER album out now: ‘Ice Age’: released on April 16, 2010 in Germany and on June 8, 2010 in the United States!

EISBRECHER ON TOUR AGAIN: For years, they’ve traveled the icy seas of the concert world. Nothing resists their robust ship. Ice is broken.

Advance ticket purchase: Eventim Ticket Online and Ticketmaster


August 20, 2010

Mes Quins: Electrogerman: first album coming up in late fall

The synthpop/post-punk/pop Romanian band MES QUINS is no longer unusual on the Romanian music scene. For almost 3 years now, the quartet consisting of charismatic front man Silviu Gherman (vocals, lyrics, keyboards), Ovidiu Chihaia (guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), Ovidiu Rusu (drum pad) and Gina Teslaru (bass), has been playing live in most of the underground Romanian clubs, sharing the stage with bands such as Namosh, Handsome Furs, Noblesse Oblige and Kissogram.

The time for their first studio album has come, and the Romanian alternative scene is looking forward to getting their hands on the material! “Electrogerman” is self produced, but mastered and mixed by the gifted artist Dan Serbanescu (Divine Muzak, Pixels).


Killing Joke: Absolute Dissent: to be released on September 27th

On their 30th anniversary, Killing Joke delight their fans with the release of a new ingenious material, “Absolute Dissent”, on Spinefarm Records UK, put together in London, Spain & Prague. The album features 12 tracks, entirely produced by the band themselves and engineered & mixed by Clive Goddard. “Absolute Dissent” will be available worldwide from 27th September.

It is for the first time in 28 years since the original line-up, consisting of emblematical front man Jaz Coleman, guitarist Geordie Walker, bassist Youth and drummer Paul Ferguson, have worked together on a record: “We have survived equipment being hi-jacked, tapes being withheld, nervous breakdowns, family bereavements, blood lettings, and a host of other challenges of Biblical proportions, comments Youth. “But we are now at the final ascent, and I have to say it’s one of the greatest albums I have ever had the privilege to be involved with… EVER! I have been living and breathing it for over four months now, and I’m still jaw-droopingly amazed at its power & beauty…


August 19, 2010

Autumn Ball Festival 2010

22. October 2010 – The Autumn Ball Festival 2010: A storm is rising!

As the wind sings its melody, driving the autumn leaves off the trees, a new musical blockbuster event is coming for you at the Capitol Hannover. In tune with the season, the AUTUMN BALL FESTIVAL 2010 on 22. October 2010 is literally up to blow your mind with the perfect line-up for a stormy autumn night:

Together with the electro-rockers OOMPH! from Wolfsburg, who signed in as headliners, nobody less than the “devil” himself announced his appearance, just about to twist around the audience with his irresistible TANZWUT. In the eye of the storm, ideal for an evening with red wine and candle light, QNTAL are adding an extra amount of dark mediaeval romanticism, garnished with moody and mystical electronica, to warm the audience from the cold breath of the German horror-rockers DER FLUCH (The Grudge). As the final entry to the line-up, STAUBKIND from Berlin will open the circle, sending a fresh breeze of gothic rock through the Capitol, while the aftershow party is going to round up this rousing ball night in Hannover.


August 18, 2010

Peter Murphy: Ninth: new album coming fall 2010

Ex-Bauhaus front man, Peter Murphy, more often known as “the Goth father”, is well ready for the release of his ninth album, appropriately yet not so imaginatively entitled “Ninth. The new material, produced by David Baron, shall be released this fall, right after the ending of his current tour, The Dirty Dirt.

I have had myNinth album ready to go for a while now,” Peter explains. “I’ve been playing it live, alongside Bauhaus classics and my own hits, long before the official release and it’s added more stardust to the long shelf life of songs I have under my belt.” ““Ninth” is a continuation of theGo Away White trajectory”, said Murphy, referring to the full-length release of Bauhaus in 2008 since the quartet’s last album, 1983’s “Burning From the Inside. “It has testosterone pouring out of it. At the same time, it’s as beautiful as any female siren.”

I carry the flag of Bauhaus now,” Murphy adds. “Since no one else can, or wants to for that matter. I owe this to its vast audience. And what’s more, I am fully plugged into both Peter Murphy and Bauhaus: all the same artist in essence.” Peter also reveals teasing information about “Ninth”, crediting his present inspiration to his “roots as a seminal culture changer”.

Besides his solid musical career, Murphy achieved success on screen as well, starring in the teen vampire flick, ‘Eclipse’, the latest of the ‘Twilight’ series, as well as in ‘The Hunger’ in 1983, along with David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon.

Peter Murphy on MySpace, Twitter and Facebook

Peter Murphy’s official site

August 16, 2010

Slave Republic: Electric One: album review

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SLAVE REPUBLIC (Germany) is Alec Fu (vocals, guitar) and Alex Alice (bass, keyboards). The band recently signed with Accession Records, a label that works with artists such as Diary of Dreams, Assemblage 23, Diorama, Painbastard or Panzer AG.

The duo captures our attention through its very felicitous synthpop style, well on the same line that made you love Duran Duran, IAMX or Diorama.

The material released on March 12 – “Electric One”, has in store all the necessary elements of a sensitive and harmonious album: 11 tracks, on the one hand soothing and gloomy ballads, meanwhile, on the other hand, exciting rhythms and electric beats, perfect for a clubbing night. Add to that a bonus of 2 feverish remixes by Haujobb and Olaf Wollschläger.


August 13, 2010

Noyce Tm: Un:welt (album review)

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Noyce Tm (Germany), founded in 1997 by ex-members of Silence Gift, released in March 2009 their 3rd full-length album, “Un:welt”, through In-D Records. The trio, consisting  of Florian Schäfer (vocals, lyrics, songstructures), Oliver Goëtz (synthwork, programming, songstructures) and Markus Poschmann (synthwork, singing saw, bass), has supported VNV Nation and Diary of Dreams on their tours, on and off between 1999 and 2007. If you are not familiar to Noyce TM’s sound yet, bands such as Diorama, Seabound, Covenant, Clan of Xymox or Depeche Mode should give you a teasing idea about them.

Un:welt” begins with Freiheit” (Freedom), which is a passage from “Goetz von Berlichingen”, a successful 18th century drama by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. This is an atmospheric track that includes spoken lines, chorus and drum beats, and together with its lines, highlighted by the title, induces to you the feeling of living freely, never surrendering to an unkind world and to its influential leaders: “Und wenn unser Blut anfängt auf die Neige zu gehen, wie der Wein in dieser Flasche, was soll unser letztes Wort sein? Es lebe die Freiheit! Und wann die uns überlebt, da können wir ruhig sterben…“ (“And if our blood starts to decline, as the wine in this bottle, which should be our last word? Long live freedom! And when we survive, then we can die in peace…”).


August 11, 2010

Amphi Festival 2010 review: Day 2

Day 2 – July 25, 2010

Photo gallery – participants, venue


EXT!ZE (Mainstage)

Since 2007, CYB3ERELLA, CYB3RSLUT, IONIC MATRIX, CYB3ERCORE have released 3 albums and their music is very popular with cosmopolitan clubheads. It is very danceable and includes classical pieces such as samples from Carmina Burana. According to side-line.com: “This band can be the next sensation from the dark cyber electro scene!”.

EXT!ZE was the act closest to the hearts of the cyber-goth audience. They stirred the spirits of young cyber fans, and made them dance frantically to electro beats like no other although it was still early afternoon. Their soundscape is redolent of techno, trance, electro and some industrial as well – what’s there not to like?. The cyberaudience was ecstatic with this single 100% cyber band at AMPHI FESTIVAL. More info on: http://www.myspace.com/ext1ze and http://www.extize.com.


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