We chat to Norwegian death metal band Aspherium about recent album release, influences and what’s exciting them musically right now.
Interview by Jane Howkins
How was your 2019?
2019 was a great year for us! We released a new album, our third one, called The Embers of Eternity, We’ve gotten great reviews, and people seem to really enjoy it. We made two music videos, and we’ve done some touring in Norway. As for 2020, we will be doing more live shows, work on some new music and video content.
Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
Nothing this year yet, but our album that came out last year is a concept album about a potential future where our world has broken down because of all the problems we face today, and if we don’t deal with it now, it could end up being a disaster. It’s melodic death metal with a lot of thrash and progressive elements, some black metal, more groove and mellow stuff as well.
Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
We are working on some new music now, but we haven’t decided exactly what we will do. Maybe an EP. We don’t want to have as long of a wait between releases this time.
Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
No tours as of now, but one off shows here and there in Norway.
Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
Musically, I’d say Opeth, Metallica, Machine Head, Fear Factory and Nile for me. They all taught me different things about writing songs. We don’t try to sound like those bands, but they very much influenced what we, or at least what I do.
What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
The new Lorna Shire album, Immortal is pretty damn sick! I also really dig the Mirror Reaper album by Bell Witch. That one is a couple years old, but it’s really great. One 83 minute song. Really dark and oppressive, but also beautiful.
Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
I think they should check out our latest album The Embers of Eternity, because I honestly think it’s a fantastic album. Come see us live and see a really tight and awesome show. We have a lot of fun and out slot into the live performance. Hope to see you at a show!
Any last words for the fans?
Thanks to everyone who takes the time to check out our music. Come follow us on social media and let us know what you think.