German metallers AXXIS have set "20 Years Of Axxis" as the title of their first-ever DVD, due in early 2011. The footage for the disc was filmed at the band's December 13, 2009 20th-anniversary show at Zeche in Bochum, Germany and it will feature 33 songs spanning AXXIS's entire career. Also included are guest appearances by Rolf Stahlhofen (ex-SÖHNE MANNHEIMS), Kosta Zafirou (PINK CREAM 69), The Obel (comedian), Walter Pietsch (ex-AXXIS), Kuno Niemeyer (ex-AXXIS), Dirk Brand and Thomas "Harry" Weinkauf (SAT1 TV police officer), Wolfgang Funk (who previously worked in the marketing department of EMI; founder of GUN Records), Bob Arnz (former EMI A&R manager, now manager of Lafee) and Rolf Hanekamp (producer of "Kingdom Of The Night" and "Axxis II").
"20 Years Of Axxis" will be released through AXXIS's own label, Phonotraxx. Vocalist Bernhard Weiß explains, "If we don't try it ourselves, we will miss the boat.
"Since the release of 'Time Machine' this idea has been in our heads, but to be honest we never had the courage to do it.
"AFM is a great record company with a well-functioning infrastructure, and for us it's hard to bear the risk itself now. But with this DVD and our label, Phonotraxx, we want to know if we can be more independent in the future and if we will be able to do this.
"Around the world it's a crystal-clear trend of a many artists to move toward independence. Therefore I hope our fans support us and buy our first DVD directly from us!"
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AXXIS's last studio album, "Utopia", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 40. This was the third highest German chart entry in the band's history.
"Utopia" was released on August 28, 2009 via AFM Records. The CD was made available as a standard jewel case version with 11 new songs and in a limited digipack format, which includes two bonus tracks (including the "20 Years Anniversary Song" with a running time of over 12 minutes!).
"Utopia" was the first AXXIS record to feature the band's new drummer, Alex Landenburg (MEKONG DELTA, ex-ANNIHILATOR).