At the beginning of the 1980s a band called ANVIL from Lünen played in almost every city around their hometown.  The members: Werner Kleinhans (bass), Klaus Jankord (guitar), Thomas Kampmann (drums) and Bernhard Weiß (vocals & guitar)
As they mentioned another band called ANVIL from Canada, they changed their name into AXIS. In this time they traveled around in the Ruhrarea region  but also in some other places to promote themselves.

To get  more gigs and of course more success they invest some money in a demo production in the DIERKS STUDIOS in Collogne to record their new songs HOT SUMMER NIGHT and OUT OF THE NATION. The recording enginieer was an unkown guy called MICHAEL WAGENER. :-)

The "POP AM RHEIN" Festival in Düsseldorf/Philipshalle 1984 was their biggest success.
Here they got to know Walter Pietsch who was sitting in the audience.

AXIS before the beginning
AXXIS Kingdom of the night


In 1988 after sending in only one demo song AXIS were signed to EMI Electrola. For legal reasons they had to change their name AXIS into AXXIS.
The debut AXXIS album "Kingdom Of The Night", 1989 which was already released in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia and the USA sold over 100000 times immidiately. It became the best ever selling debut album by a Hard Rock band in Germany in 1989.

"Axxis II" marked a similar huge success in 1990, followed by the authentic and energetic live release "Access All Areas" a year later.


The ambitious "The Big Thrill" became a best seller in 1993.

This album was a big turning point in the career of this five piece band. Produced by Joey Balin, rehearsaled in New York and recorded in Philadelphia, it was the first international production by Axxis.

In the following years AXXIS had traveled thousands of miles. One if the most impressive destinations was Japan, where Bernhard Weiss and guitarist Walter Pietsch performed a couple of acoustic live shows due to the release of the Japanese only CD "Profile". The band became known world-wide!

The album "Matters of survival" was produced in Los Angeles in 1995 - the city of angels which is uncritically praised as metal-capitol by some, a city where glamour, violence and homelessness live together very closely. An impression which was responsible for the choice of the album title.

AXXIS Matters of survival


With Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Scorpions) the band had a producer who had already worked in the biz since 25 years. For the production AXXIS flew over to Los Angelos where Olsen is running his Goodnight L.A.-Studio.

AXXIS especially see themselves as a live band. At a perfect gig, as Bernhard Weiss once said, the own hands have to glow. "It is the best possibilty to play your music", says Weiss, "already alone because of the chance of getting so close to your fans." So, the performances at "Rock am Ring" in front of 30.000 spectators were for sure important highlights of the years 1994 and1996!


To keep on moving into new directions was a principle which this Hard Rock band from the "Ruhrgebiet" had always followed. If you have a look on KINGDOM OF THE NIGHT (`89) , AXXIS II (`91 ), THE BIG THRILL (`93) , MATTERS OF SURVIVAL (`95) oder VOODOO VIBES (97), the latest album by the band - they had always avoided to repeat themselves.

AXXIS do of course have their basic sound, their roots are lying within the traditional Heavy Rock of the 70's and 80's, they have found their very own style which is orientated on hooks like "LIVING IN A WORLD".  Bemhard's unique vocal style is another characteristic trademark which makes AXXIS' sound very unique.

On VOODOO VIBES the band worked with drumloops and very special and untypical sounds. 

In spite of this experimental phase,  Axxis' major ambition is, as Walter adds, "to be a pure Rock 'n' Roll band and doing whatever you want to do!"

AXXIS Back to the kingdom


After the split with their long time label EMI, AXXIS did a two years break. In this time Walter Pietsch left the band.

In 2000 Harry Oellers and Bernhard Weiß decided to start again. They founded their own publishing company called PHONOTRAXX PUBLISHING and at the same time they wrote new songs in their new studio called SOUNDWORXX STUDIO.

That was their first step into independence!

With Kuno Niemeyer (bass) & Guido Wehmeyer (guitar),  AXXIS formed a new band to release their little comeback album "BACK TO THE KINGDOM"  on Massacre Records in 2002. be continued.

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