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VISIONS - passionate music
description German music magazine
language German
publishing company VISIONS Verlag GmbH, Dortmund (Germany)
First edition 1989
Frequency of publication per month
Editor-in-chief Dennis Plauk
editor Michael Lohrmann
executive Director Michael Lohrmann
Web link
ZDB 1381622-6
The logo of the Visions until 2010

Copies sold
(annual average)
1999 38.002
2000 32,529
2001 44.009
2002 42,697
2003 38,360
2004 35,027
2005 38,255
2006 34,993
2007 30,623
2008 36,674
2009 31,534
2010 25,957
2011 27,057
2012 41,169
2013 32,590
2014 33.001

Visions (own spelling VISIONS ) is a monthly German music magazine published by Visions Verlag in Dortmund , which was considered the leading alternative rock in the 1990s .


The magazine was founded in 1989 by Daniel Oeding as a fanzine with a printed edition of 300 copies. In addition to Intro , Visions is one of the few music magazines that emerged at the time with a focus on alternative or independent music, which survived the intermittent boom of corresponding magazines such as Indiecator or Sub Line in the early 1990s. According to the information provided by the Information Association for Determining the Distribution of Advertising Media (IVW), the number of copies sold is around 30,000 today.

Between September and November 2005, on the occasion of its 150th issue, the magazine published a list of the 150 records chosen by its readers.

In addition to regular concerts and festivals, the magazine has been organizing a series of parties called "VISIONS Partys" for several years, which initially only took place in Dortmund, was gradually expanded to several cities and has been taking place nationwide and in Switzerland since the beginning of 2007.

Also in Visions publishing the cultural magazine published Public and the annual Music Festival Overview Festival Planner . The interview magazine Galore , launched by the publisher , appeared between 2003 and 2009, continued to exist for a short time as a free website and was finally discontinued. The Internet magazine Netspotting , which was planned as a spin- off , was discontinued after a few issues and reintegrated in Visions in a much slimmed-down form.

Issue and editorial office

The musical focus of the Visions is on alternative rock or indie rock , but numerous musicians from other areas such as metal , punk , hardcore , singer-songwriter , post-rock , Britpop or noise are also presented.

In addition to reviews of sound carriers, the magazine contains interviews and reports. The printed edition is usually accompanied by an audio CD with selected current titles. The DVD supplement series Visions On Screen , which contained current and classic video clips and editorial contributions, has since been discontinued.

The editorial office of the magazine published by Michael Lohrmann is Dortmund. The current editor-in-chief is Dennis Plauk; by his side are Martin Burger, Dennis Drögemüller, Gerrit Köppl, Florian Schneider and Jan Schwarzkamp.

Album of the year

The album of the year has been voted by readers since 1994. Since 2001 there has also been a separate statistic in which only the authors vote. The previous winners were:

year reader critic
Interpreter album Interpreter album
1994 Helmet Betty - -
1995 The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - -
1996 grain Life is peachy - -
1997 Radiohead OK computer - -
1998 grain Follow the leader - -
1999 grain Issues - -
2000 Deftones White pony - -
2001 System of a Down Toxicity System of a Down Toxicity
2002 Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
2003 The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
2004 Beatsteaks Smack Smash Beatsteaks Smack Smash
2005 Mando Diao Hurricane Bar Trail of Dead Worlds Apart
2006 Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Sparta Threes
2007 Beatsteaks Limbo Messiah Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
2008 Metallica Death Magnetic Portishead Third
2009 Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures Biffy Clyro Only Revolutions
2010 Arcade Fire The suburbs Arcade Fire The suburbs
2011 Foo fighters Wasting light La dispute Wildlife
2012 Deftones Koi No Yokan Deftones Koi No Yokan
2013 Queens of the Stone Age ... like clockwork Queens of the Stone Age ... like clockwork
2014 Antemasque Antemasque Antemasque Antemasque
2015 Faith No More Sol Invictus Baroness Purple
2016 Touché Amoré Stage Four Touché Amoré Stage Four
2017 Fjørt Color Algiers The Underside Of Power
2018 A perfect circle Eat the elephant Idles Joy as an Act of Resistance

Web links


  1. according to IVW
  2. The generalist for subcultures on; Radermacher media service
  3. Check it out in full bold - tips and style blooms: "Netspotting" wants to teach about pop culture on the Internet . In: Berliner Zeitung , December 20, 2000
  4. Imprint . In: Michael Lohrmann (Ed.): Visions . No. 306 , September 2018, p. 130 .