The year 2007 was one of the best in AXXIS´ illustrious career so far. The recordings of the new album “Doom Of Destiny” were a blast, new guitarist Marco Wriedt turned out to be the perfect new addition to the line-up and AXXIS are now also confirmed for a huge European tour with legendary German bands Helloween and Gamma Ray! Can it get any better? The answer lies in “Doom Of Destiny”. AXXIS have put their whole heart and soul into this. The predecessor “Paradise In Flames” was hailed by Hard Rock and Metal fans as a perfect example of a progressing band that doesn´t deny their roots. The early 2006 released album is both blessing and curse: fans loved it but the enormous level of quality put a lot of pressure on the band. Singer Bernhard Weiß: “We see “Paradise In Flames” as a milestone for the band. The result was far more than satisfying and so the pressure grew. Also we had a new addition to the line-up in Marco Wriedt, our guitarist. It was not sure how all this would turn out but in the end we´re very pleased and satisfied, not to say euphoric, about the album and the great opportunities that lie in front. We´re really looking forward to the European tour with our friends of Helloween and Gamma Ray”.
For “Doom Of Destiny” AXXIS didn´t change the basics of their successful work. Means: producers Bernhard Weiß and Harry Oellers again recorded in their own Soundworxx studio and trusted in the services of Dennis Ward (who did the mixing) and Jürgen Lusky (the man responsible for the mastering of every AXXIS album since 2002). And again Derek Gores was the chosen one for the cover artwork. “Like on “Paradise In Flames” our idea was that you should find all the songs of the album on its cover artwork in a very imaginative atmosphere, to unite them. For “Doom Of Destiny” we wanted to find out how belief and superstition influence on our destiny. How do both affect life positive and negative? Is destiny in the end just accident or predetermined? Is the war of cultures that we witness nowadays made by the people themselves or are the old prophecies true, saying this was to foresee, destiny…?” explains singer Bernhard Weiß.
But “Doom Of Destiny” has also some nice surprises in store: for example the bonus track “Engel Aus Hass” is AXXIS´ first song completely in German language! The lyrics therefore were created by Bernhard and Walter Weyers. The two knew each other from their cooperation in the Rock opera “Prometheus Brain Project”. From this project also the ballad “The Fire Still Burns” found its way on the album. “That´s why the song is a little different to all other songs on “Doom Of Destiny”, Bernhard says.
With “Kingdom Of The Night” AXXIS debuted in 1989. Considered a classic nowadays, this album was the most selling Rock debut of all times in Germany and caused high hopes for the further career. AXXIS never backed down from challenges and played the safe way: albums like “Voodoo Vibes” and “Matters Of Survival” showed totally different facets of the band, but again all what AXXIS do is high quality. Another cornerstone of their career is without a doubt the 2001 album “Back To The Kingdom” – showing AXXIS return to their roots. Eventhough the band has in general kept the direction they still progress and bring freshness and new influences into the music. Since the “Time Machine” album guest singer Lakonia was involved in every AXXIS production, being the perfect counterpart to Bernhard Weiß. First responsible mostly for background choirs Lakonia sang in duet with Bernhard on many songs of the last masterpiece “Paradise In Flames”. She brings a different flavour to the sound of AXXIS without sacrificing the band´s trademark sound. Yes, AXXIS are a little heavier these days but still their fans from the first hour love them because of their super melodic and charismatic style. Known as one of the best live band for a long time AXXIS will make the ground shake on their upcoming tour with Helloween and Gamma Ray. Don´t miss it - and also don´t miss “Doom Of Destiny”!