Lünen – They are one of the German rock bands that are still keeping up with the times, even after more than three decades of band history – perhaps even more than ever: Due to the current global situation, the rock band AXXIS have interrupted their studio work on their next album and are releasing a digital EP titled “Virus Of A Modern Time” on Friday.
It is based on song material written for the theatre project “Prometheus Brain Project”, in which Bernhard Weiß and Harry Oellers of AXXIS were responsible for the musical arrangements. The play premiered in October 2007 at the Landestheater Schwaben in Memmingen.
The play offered a modern staging of the Greek deity Prometheus as the main protagonist. In Greek mythology, Prometheus was the “mastermind” or the “foreseer” who stalks fire from heaven and brought it down to man.
“I instantly thought about this piece when I was following the latest news about the Corona virus,” says Bernhard Weiß. “Ultimately, we performed the scenario on stage which has now become reality. It’s not just the play “Virus Of A Modern Time” that, if you like, has a pre-anticipated character.”
Thirteen years ago, the play showed how much the promethetic became a focus in human beings. It depicted an image of man as a “global player” who turns the earth into a village. An ancient hope for humanity is fulfilled that all human beings come together and at the same time there is more and more the terrible certainty that man can also destroy himself in all coming together. He is increasingly acting like a God, creating scenarios of nuclear threat, global conflicts, and ultimately, a virus that is spreading rapidly across the globe.
“People see what they want to see, but they overlook what they do with the information,” Bernhard Weiss continues. “When I thought about the play and the songs we wrote for it at the time, I felt like a prophecy had just been fulfilled. So we spontaneously decided to release the songs digitally as an EP.”
Thirty-one years ago, AXXIS made music history with their hit debut album “Kingdom Of The Night”. To this day, it is still one of the most important national rock albums. AXXIS have experienced and survived many changes in the ever changing music world, in their more than 30 years of their band history and have presented themselves as adaptable and authentic at the same time. The musicians have always dared to look outside the box and dealt with themselves and the world in a socially critical and different way. In 2016, Bernhard Weiß received the cultural prize of the city of Lünen for his cross-drawer cultural work.
01 – Virus of a modern time
02 – Babylon
03 – Boats of hope
04 – Last Eagle
05 – Mother Money
06 – War games
07 – Virus of a modern time Video Edit
– Bernhard Weiß (vocals)
– Harry Oellers (keyboards)
– Matthias Degener (guitar)
– Rob Schomaker (bass)
– Dirk Brand (drums