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Thursday, 3 March 2016


Dear Amphi Fans,

it is the news that spreads like wildfire and it is official:


The Tanzbrunnen Cologne, which had gotten close to our hearts and characterized the Amphi Festival sustainably from 2006 till 2014 will be available again in 2016. „Home is where the heart is“, as the folks say. Therefore we grab the opportunity to return to the place we were forced to leave behind after 2014 due to organisational restrictions, that once held us from continuing the way you all came to love.

With coziness and summer open air feeling for example the fountain-lounge will be back, as well as the popular beachclub along with pure holiday feeling. Alongside the open air stage at Tanzbrunnen and the indoor stage at Theater am Tanzbrunnen we prepared another neat surprise:


Last year´s Orbit Stage remains faithful to its name as it finds a new home in 2016, rocking the MS RHEINENERGIE. Only for the Amphi Festival, Europes unique event-catamaran will land and stay at the boarding bridge in Cologne-Deutz, just 200 meters from the Tanzbrunnen. During the whole weekend you can see numerous live-shows there, relax on the ship’s lavish sun-deck with a large number of seats or dance through the night, since we come to offer an alternative second floor, in addition to the regular after-show party at the Theater. High-class setting meets festivals pleasures! Something you will look forward to...

At this point we would like to sincerely thank the management of the Lanxess arena around CEO Stefan Löcher for sharing our vision of an innovative Amphi Festival in 2015 and for their passionate work and assistance. In that respect we look forward to a possible future collaboration on other projects.


From 2010 till 2014 Amphi Festival at Tanzbrunnen has been sold out every year. For 2016 the number of available tickets will be strictly limited again. Therefore the contingent of early season tickets is sold out! However we are pleased to announce the venue change affecting the price for regular weekend tickets as well, which come without further price increase – on sale now.

We also now offer day tickets for Saturday and Sunday! The performing artists of each day are listed in the ticket description at the shop and in the programme section of our website

As usual original tickets are exclusively available at the Amphi Shop Amphi Festival tickets can also be purchased on all CTS/EVENTIM and TICKETMASTER box-offices as well as online at,,, and via PRINT@HOME. All already bought ticket will remain valid for the changed venue.

XII. AMPHI FESTIVAL 2016 23. – 24. July 2016 Cologne | Tanzbrunnen + MS RheinEnergie

XMH | ONE I CINEMA + add. artists + supporting programme

Info at: or
Festival tickets: (worldwide shipping)
Camping tickets:

Furthermore you can purchase tickets at all CTS/EVENTIM and TICKETMASTER box-offices as well as online at,, and Also available now at Eventim: print@home tickets!


London based metal band Killit have the video for brand new single ‘Take The Power’. Check it out here:

‘Take The Power’ is taken from the forthcoming album ‘Shut It Down’ which is set for a self-release on May 6th. The album was produced by Killit & Phil Kinman/MTR Studios, recorded at Resident Studios and mastered by Ade Emsley of Table Of Tone Mastering.

Hot off the back of a rammed Borderline show last night, Killit have also announced they will be playing at Nambucca on March 18th support Cairo Son.

Killit’s members have extensive experience of touring the live circuit and rocking hard, born from bands which featured current members of Judas Priest and We Are Harlot, the band have begun to prove their worth in the capital playing sold out shows at The Monarch, 12 Bar and Cargo.

Originally hailing from Hungary, Israel, Argentina and Britain, Killit was founded at the beginning of this year and they quickly released their first video for single and album title track ‘Shut It Down’ which has to date racked up close to 100K views.

Killit live

March 18th Nambucca


AVATAR have announced a brand new concept album titled 'Feathers & Flesh' to be released on Friday, May 13th 2016 via Another Century in Europe and Entertainment One (eOne) in North America and Canada.

The new release will be the band's highly anticipated follow up to 'Hail The Apocalypse' released in 2014. The aim is set higher, further and deeper than ever before for AVATAR. Not only is this concept album their most extensive work to date, showing the widest range of any of their albums, it also contains a story too extensive for any booklet, so they made a book. A fully illustrated 60 page, 109 verse poem hardcover book. The physical album pre order, book, and exclusive merchandise will be available directly from the band March 17th. Click HERE for more info.

The band has revealed a music video for the track 'For The Swarm' which can be seen exclusively on the band's website AVATARMETAL.COM

Directed by longtime collaborator and director Johan Carlén, the video pegs itself firmly into the upper echelon of stunning visual masterpieces the band has grown accustomed to producing.

AVATAR continues to raise the bar for what bands are doing visually in the current state of hard rock and metal. 'For The Swarm' is also available as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the album today will get the track as an instant download. Feathers & Flesh was recorded in Germany, Finland and Sweden in December 2015 with producer extraordinaire Sylvia Massy (System of a Down, Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers).

“Avatar is an amazing band” said Massy, adding, “The singer has the wild energy and charisma I love, and the players are relentless. The album we’re making is an epic. Each song powerfully stands on it’s own, but is only a piece of a larger story. This album is the project I’ve been dreaming about for years!”

The music is as always, rooted in the extreme, with plenty of melodic sensibility and a lust for experimentation. There is a love for intense double bass drumming, riffing and shredding of timeless dimensions alongside rough edges, slow grooves and epic storytelling for the ages. The idea is that as the band digs deeper, the fists will be held up higher. The end result is a modern metal album with all the ruthlessness and power one could ask for handled with a loving songwriter’s hand, inspired by The Beatles and Queen.

'Feathers & Flesh' track listing:

01. Regret 02. House of Eternal Hunt 03. The Eagle has Landed 04. New Land 05. Tooth, Beak & Claw 06. For The Swarm 07. Fiddler's Farewell 08. One More Hill 09. Black Waters 10. Night Never Ending 11. Pray the Sun Away 12. When The Snow Lies Red 13. Raven Wine 14. Sky Burial

Drum&Bass Rockers THE QEMISTS Premiere New Track "Warrior Sound" with CraveOnline

Following their recent signing announcement to FiXT for the North American release of their new record, ‘Warrior Sound,’ Brighton-based quintet THE QEMISTS have teamed up with CraveOnline to premiere the title-track off their new album. Producing a diverse, yet alluring sound, THE QEMISTS are drum and bass aficionados who believe their hurtling breakbeats sound best under big muscular metallic guitar riffs. The forthcoming album‘Warrior Sound’ will be out on March 4, 2016, and the title-track, “Warrior Sound” can be heard HERE.

THE QEMISTS explain, “Warrior Sound represents a seminal shift for us into a full five piece band and we feel it demonstrates our tapping into a new-found raw energy, in a way that makes it different to any other Qemists album. That said, we revere where we've come from with great respect. We owe it to the roots that have given us the strength to grow.”

The group’s fearless genre-mashing has already garnered them a sizable following across the globe, scoring a previous number one album in Japan and playing to audiences of over half a million people in Poland. The first single, “Run You” was featured in the worldwide trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film Terminator Genisys, and has been playlisted by UK’s Team Rock, Kerrang! Radio, Scuzz and more, reaching #6 on the Kerrang! Rock chart.

This March, The Qemists will join Enter Shikari on a European tour, and have landed a main support slot on Crossfaith’s upcoming UK tour. Pre-Orders for 'Warrior Sound' are available now via iTunes and the FiXT web store.

New Dead Hormones video "If I Don't Make It Home"

Hull UK's finest alt-rock exports Dead Hormones released their brand spankin' new EP, 'Nothing, Nothing.. Then Something' on February 19 via Warren Records and we're pleased to be giving you the intense new video for 'If I Don't Make It Home' today - check it out below.

Part snotty, spiky punk and part sleazy garage rock, there are no frills on this lot, just big choruses and staccato messy guitar solos.

The band comment on the new EP's development: "Most of the songs on the release are only a couple of months old and were all written within a few weeks of each other. As soon as we wrote these songs we were just really eager to record them. We believe the overall sound of ‘Nothing, Nothing..’ is a big step in the right direction for us, it almost feels like we’ve revamped our style and rediscovered what we really want our music to be."

Epoch Era - "Running Still"

Epoch Era was formed in the summer of 2013 in North Haven, CT. Bands like AFI, Avenged Sevenfold, and Touché Amore inspired the four members and childhood friends to begin a journey in music together. Until July of 2014, Epoch Era was making its way around the Connecticut music scene with great vigor and tenacity. From Rumble at the Room, Gorilla Music’s Battle of the Bands, opening for Dying Fetus, and playing various local shows, the band did not allot any down time in their schedule. Epoch Era was featured in PopVulture Magazine, Alternative Control Magazine, Quinnipiac Radio, and PPRN Radio during this time as well. Following the band’s first release “Fatal Intervention”, Epoch Era spent many hours in the studio working on a full length album.

The recording process was unexpectedly brought to a halt when the band’s drummer, John Liquori, was struck and killed by a drunk driver in July of 2014.

After many months of recovery, the three remaining members, Andrew Proto, Vinny Sacco, and Angelo Graziano began producing the Black Clouds Above EP with guitarist Angelo drumming in position of John. The remaining three also produced “Imperfect Perfection”, their first music video, as a tribute to their lost drummer and friend. Four months later, the band released their second EP “Running Still” containing 5 new original tracks.

Epoch Era - "Running Still"

NOCTUM announces Roadburn festival and connecting tour

Swedish NOCTUM are proud to announce their participation at this years edition of the infamous Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland. The bands has added a bunch of shows in connection with the festival date, please spread the word!



"Serpents Eve Tour" 2016

11/04/16 DE - Bremen - Wagenplatz Querlenker 12/04/16 DE - Berlin - Jägerklause 13/04/16 DE - Leipzig - Black Label 14/04/16 DE - Kassel - Goldgrube 15/04/16 NL - Tilburg - Roadburn festival 16/04/16 DE - Oldenburg - MTS record store (NOCTUM only)

NOCTUM comments: "We're right now writing and polishing the next album which will be recorded later this year. We won't do any more tours before this record is out there but when we recieved the chance to hit Roadburn we couldn't say no. This will be a chance to show some brand new songs for the first time, together with old songs that we haven't played for years. Europe, see you soon!"

HAEMOPHAGUS: Italian Deathgrinders Sign To Selfmadegod Records For Release Of Third Album

Selfmadegod Records is proud to announce the signing of Italian death metal/grindcore act HAEMOPHAGUS, for the release the band's third full-length Stream Of Shadows in the Summer months of 2016.

Stream Of Shadows was recorded, engineered and mixed in Palermo by Silvio "Spadino" Punzo, a longtime friend of HAEMOPHAGUS, at Tone Deaf Studios, September 2015. Dan Randall will handle the mastering at Mammoth Sound in Santa Cruz, California, and the band has again commissioned Marco Failla to draw the cover artwork, having worked with the artist previously. Songwriting and lyrically, Stream Of Shadows takes a step towards weirder, faster and more lunatic structures than on their prior releases. With themes ranging from the Buddha's spiritual resistance against demons, people trapped inside flippers and dystopian tales of rebellion and mind expansion, the band is trying to bring its brand of death metal, grindcore and thrash to a different level of musical oddity.

Additional details and a release date for Stream Of Shadows will be announce upon completion of the album in the weeks ahead.

HAEMOPHAGUS comes from Palermo, Sicily, and has been in existence since 2004, playing horror-obsessed death/grind metal influenced by the likes of early Carcass, Repulsion, Autopsy, Terrorizer and so on. The band two prior full-length albums and many vinyl-only splits with bands like Agathocles, Spiral, Grind Crusher, Bonesaw, Repuked, Subjugation, Mausoleum, and more. The members of HAEMOPHAGUS also currently/previously hail from other acts like Assumption, Gravesite, Morbo, Undead Creep, Repulsione, and more.

Death Metal Sextet THE CONVALESCENCE Reveals New Track "Reflections" + U.S. Headline Tour Dates

Death Metal Sextet THE CONVALESCENCE Reveals New Track "Reflections" + U.S. Headline Tour Dates

Listen here via Revolver Magazine

New Album Poison Words Out April 1, 2016 via 3Thirteen Entertainment Group/eOne Music

Rising death metal sextet THE CONVALESCENCE recently announced the upcoming release of their debut album, Poison Words, out April 1, 2016 via 3Thirteen Entertainment Group/eOne Music. With an already confirmed SXSW tour set to launch March 13th, the band is revealing additional headline tour dates as part of their "Poison Words Tour", fueled by COLDCOCK Whiskey andfeaturing support from So This Is Suffering and Beside The Silence. The dates will kick off on April 1st in the band's hometown of Toledo, OH with an album release show at Realm. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.

In sync with the tour announcement, THE CONVALESCENCE is revealing a brand new track, entitled "Reflections", streaming now via Revolver Magazine.

Pre-order your copy of Poison Words now via 3Thirteen Music. Poison Words was engineered and produced by John Burke (Vibe Studios) and was mixed and mastered by Chris Donaldson of Cryptopsy.


Mar.13th - Murfreesboro, TN @ Autograph Rehearsal Studio w/ Ira Hill Mar.14th - Knoxville, TN @ Longbranch Saloon w/ Ira Hill Mar.16th - Houston, TX @ SXSW Overflow Festival w/ Ira Hill Mar.17th - Austin, TX @ SXSW w/ DJ Starscream Mar.18th - Austin, TX @ SXSW Mar.19th - Lawton, OK @ The Railhead Saloon w/ Ira Hill Mar.21st - St.Louis, MO @ The Firebird w/ Ira Hill Mar.22nd - Peoria, IL @ Rail II w/ Ira Hill Mar.23rd - Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shot's w/ Ira Hill Mar.24th - Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew w/ Ira Hill Mar.25th - Warren, MI @ The Ritz w/ Ira Hill

THE CONVALESCENCE Poison Words Tour w/ So This Is Suffering, Beside The Silence:

Apr.1st - Toledo, OH @ Realm (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW) Apr.2nd - Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha * Apr.4th - Sudbury, ON @ The Asylum * Apr.5th - Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar * Apr.7th - Niagara Falls, NY @ The Evening Star Concert Hall * Apr.9th - Kittanning, PA @ Club Radioactive * Apr.10th - Philadelphia, PA @ Millcreek Tavern * Apr.11th - Williamsburg, NY @ Black Bear Bar * Apr.12th - Long Branch, NJ @ Brighton Bar * Apr.14th - Murfreesboro, NC @ Zakk's Coffeehouse * Apr.17th - Orlando, FL @ Bombshell's Tavern * Apr.19th - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit's * Apr.20th - Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co. * Apr.21st - Bryant, AR @ M.F. Metal Music * Apr.22nd - Dallas, TX @ Reno's Chop Shop* Apr.23rd - Houston, TX @ White Swan * Apr.24th - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar Apr.25th - El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall Apr.28th - Cheyenne, WY @ Crown Bar Apr.29th - Idaho Falls, ID @ The Falls Venue Apr.30th - Spokane, WA @ The Palomino May 1st - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven May 2nd - Pasco, WA @ La Tropicana May 4th - Chico, CA @ Down Lo May 5th - Oakdale, CA @ The Battered Beaver May 6th - Long Beach, CA @ The Blacklight District May 7th - Santa Ana, CA @ Malone's May 8th - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room May 9th - Albuquerque, NM @ The Blu Phoenix May 10th - Denver, CO @ The Pit Stop Tavern May 12th - Des Moines, IA @ Lefty's Live Music Venue May 13th - Madison, WI @ The Wisco May 14th - Grayslake, IL @ Grayslake Oasis May 15th - New Haven, IN @ Carl's Tavern

*no Beside The Silence

THE CONVALESCENCE Confirmed Post-Tour Dates:

May 16th - Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge w/ Hallow's Die, I, Apollo May 18th - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry w/ Hallow's Die, I, Apollo May 19th - Knoxville, TN @ Longbranch Saloon w/ Hallow's Die, I, Apollo May 26th - Newark, OH @ Somewhere Else Bar w/ Hallow's Die, I, Apollo May 28th - Toledo, OH @ Toledo Deathfest w/ Hallow's Die, I, Apollo June 20th - St. Joseph, MO @ The Loft w/American Head Charge, Motograter June 25th - Minneapolis, MN @ The Skyway Theater w/American Head Charge, Soil, Motograter July 8th - Madison, WI @ Murderstock Sep.10th - Los Angeles, CA @ OC Deathfest

...More dates TBA