Aspherium – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
A: We are a progressive death metal band from Norway. We make concept albums that take you on a musical journey through a varied and diverse metal landscape. It’s both brutal and beautiful!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
A: We started out in 2007, did some live shows and a demo in the early years. We have released three full length albums, The Veil of Serenity (2011), The Fall of Therenia (2014) and our new album The Embers of Eternity (2019). We have played a lot of live shows, with bands like Decapitated, Satyricon, Susperia, Blood Red Throne. European tour with Blood red throne, and two Norwegian tours with Decapitated. And some cool festivals in Norway like Tons of Rock, Karmøygeddon and Southern Discomfort. We also appeared on a children’s tv show on Norwegian tv!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
A: For my musical influences I’d say bands like Metallica, Machine Head, Fear Factory, Pantera, Opeth, Meshuggah and Nile are kinda infused in my dna since those were bands that I loved so much when I was playing guitar and learning to write songs. I don’t consciously try to write stuff that sounds like those bands, but you can probably hear it here and there. Other influences would be prog rock bands like Pink Floyd and black metal bands like Emperor, and a lot of bands from different genres.
Regarding non-musical influences, I get a lot of inspiration from nature, when I’m out in nature music starts popping into my head, so a lot of ideas can start right there. I also get inspiration from some books by authors like Greg Bear, and video games like Mass Effect, Halo, Fallout, Deus Ex, Gears of War, Dishonored and Prey to name a few that have started some inspirations in the past. And I don’t mean that the music sounds like those games, but there’s a specific tone the game sets that influences me to write a certain way. I start writing music that makes me feel the same way the video game or book etc. makes me feel. There are also plenty of hidden references to video games in our lyrics if you are nerdy enough to find them…
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
A: The biggest dream would be to have the band be a full-time job. But having done this for many years, It’s just a dream at this point. Our goals right now are to play as many shows as possible, write new music and start working on the next album, so there’s not as much of a wait between albums next time, being more active on social media, make and release more videos. Getting more people aware of our music, and trying to get on some tours with bigger bands to expand our audience more.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
A: I write most of the music and all the lyrics, but our other guitarist Morten writes plenty of riffs, and our drummer Bjørn Tore always has a lot of ideas that turn into songs, sometimes on drums, but also on guitar or synth. We also come up with stuff together when we are jamming at the rehearsal space.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
A: The most difficult thing is to stand out amongst the huge number of bands that are out there now. We try to promote ourselves as much as we can online on social media, but this is something we are working on becoming better at. Also, playing live is a great way, and we always make new fans when we play live. We just started working with PR company Rogue PR, so that will probably help a lot!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
A: I think downloading music online is totally fine. The most important thing to us is that people listen to our music. How they do that is not so important. We just want our music to get heard by as many people as possible. And when people enjoy the music, that is fantastic!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
A: Maybe some massive pop hit, so we could afford to do this full time? Shine on you crazy diamond is a fantastic song that would have been cool to have written. That song takes you on an epic journey, similar to what we try to do with our songs. Then again, if I wrote it, it probably would be pretty different. And have death growls and blast beats, so, I don’t know how well that would work…
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
A: Dropping guitar picks and the picks somehow entering an alternate dimension, never to be found again.
Playing guitar and singing at the same time live and having to step on my pedal board to switch effects at the same time and hitting the wrong pedal. Going to the clean sound when you are supposed to play a searing solo is not that cool at a show…
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
A: I think touring with Decapitated is up there! That was a great experience, and those guys are so down to earth and awesome. They are a band we already were fans of, and being able to hang with them and play the same shows was great. For our second album, recording drums and having the album mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios with Jens Bogren and his team (Opeth, Soilwork, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend etc.) was huge for us. We worked with the same studio on our latest album, so it is still very cool!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
A: Planning some videos and going through a lot of riffs to see if we can write some new songs. Also booking shows for next year!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
A: Our next shows will be in 2020, so until then you’ll have to check us out on Spotify! We pride ourselves on being a great live band, so we hope to see you at a show in 2020, and we will deliver a fantastic show!
Band/Artist location – Moss, Norway
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