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September 25, 2012

Amphi Festival 2013: New Bands Confirmed

After a first wave of bands confirmed for Amphi Festival 2013 in less than one month from the actual 2012 event, including Fields of the NephilimAgonoize and Alien Sex Fiend just to entice buyers to stand in line for the opening of the commercial and internet ticket booths, today Amphi Festival officials announced new bands, thus making Amphi Festival a very desirable presence on the festival scene of next year.

Read Viva Music’s reports with photos from previous years of Amphi Festival: 2010: Day One, Day Two | 2011 | 2012 

More fresh acts from the electronic, medieval, rock and classical genres populate the current lineup and you can actually count on seeing next year, on Jul-20&21 in Cologne’s Tanzbrunnen the following acts:

Fields of the Nephilim | Alien Sex Fiend | Agonoize | Peter Heppner | Suicide Commando | Letzte Instanz | Welle:Erdball | Umbra et Imago | Tanzwut | De/Vision | Icon of Coil | Faun | Stahlmann | Solitary Experiments | Grendel | The Beauty of Gemina | Rosa Crux | Rome | Santa Hates You | Escape with Romeo | XOTOX | Fabrik C | Alice Neve Fox | Chrom | Dunkelschoen | Classic & Depeche 

As always, more information is readily available on the festival official page and Facebook page. Tickets are on sale at the online shop, but also on Protain and Eventim shops.

June 29, 2012

Blackfield Festival 2012 – Jun-23&24 – Gelsenkirchen: Viva Music Review with Photos

Blackfield Festival celebrated its fifth edition with a first-time sold-out arena on Jun-23&24 in Gelsenkirchen. In the already traditional Amphitheater of Gelsenkirchen, the festival was set up as a middle-sized event to the minutest of details. Not only the amphitheater was made-to-fit the crowd and its access to and fro, but it provided excellent venue facilities. All bands were rigorous about their stage time and the schedule allowed everyone to be entertained by a musical diversity which was at the same time well-thought and respectful of people’s tastes and interests. The setup of the festival was complemented by a large array of facilities and the food served met all tastes. Add to that the number of shops for gear and clothing, jewelry and fragrances, as well as the wonderful medieval fair, and you tick all the boxes of a dream festival. Unfortunately, the weather was not so welcoming, but however, did not actually impact the audience, who stood against a first day of scorching sun and wind, and a second day of drenching rain and dark skies.

Viva Music’s presence at the festival was enriching and educational – we have of course met before decent and respectful organization of events, and Blackfield is one of the festivals which actually commit to people’s well-being while on the premises, but we were constantly overwhelmed by the friendliness of space, people, and concept of the festival. So our thanks go to the Blackfield organizing team, to our fellow artists, journalists and music fans – with them, the event felt like a blessing, and within minutes of its end, we would have started this experience all over again! Go back to top

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January 25, 2012

Stahlmann “Quecksilber” – Viva Music Album Review

Tracklist: “Engel der Dunkelheit” * “Spring Nicht” * “Tanzmaschine” * “Asche” * “Mein Leib” * “Am Grunde” * “Goetter” * “Schmerz” * “Diener” * “Tanzmaschine (Club Remix)” * “Herzschlag” * “Tanzmaschine (Single Version)” * “Mein Leib (Club Remix)

About Stahlmann – “Quecksilber:

“We wanted this album to show an even more danceable side. We wanted to merge metal guitars with danceable EBM and dance, and at the same time focus more on the elements that pertain to electronic music.  And while doing so, we wanted to stay true to ourselves.” (…) Stahlmann stand for a new era of German music. They represent a new generation of harder music sung in German, and they develop the menacing and yet powerful vibrations of the so called Neue Deutsche Härte that began in the 1990’s with Die Krupps and Oomph and were perfected at a later date by Rammstein.  Founded in 2008, the first band engaged in industrial sounds, but also in driving rhythms of metal, and gothic intense melodies, all put together in one furnace, forging their craft from the solid base of their character and music. With catchy lyrics, a deep and distinctive voice, as well as a spectacular appearance, Stahlmann are a very welcome and much awaited addition to our music scene. (source: press release)

Stahlmann – “Spring Nicht” (Video Trailer):

Stahlmann – “Quecksilber” – Viva Music Album Review:

Quecksilber” (English: “Mercury”) is an album that is sure to get your musical attention. Released on Jan-20 with Afm Records/Soulfood, the album departs from a very sound premise of being creative, diverse and at the same time keeping to the straight and narrow of music-making, production and performance. (more…)

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