More than ten years have passed since ASENBLUT came together. A lot has happened in the Göttingen based band’s camp since they caused quite the stir in the German Pagan Metal scene with their debut ‘AUFBRUCH’ back in 2009. They welcomed Black Metal, Thrash, melodic Death Metal and traditional Heavy Metal into their sound right from the start – an evolution that lead to ‘VON WORTEN UND TATEN’ (2013) and culminated into the third record ‘BERSERKER’ (2016), reaching an entirely new level. No wonder, with a title like this. “The music of the title track gave us inspiration for the lyrics and the album title”, clan boss and founder Tetzel explains. “The high pace, the heroic power and the energy of the song immediately lead to strong pictures that were followed by the right words mirroring the force and the madness of the berserker.”
‘BERSERKER’ did indeed sound like a Viking Metal record through the archetypical Heavy Metal lens of the eighties. A walk on the tightrope that was nothing short of genius and that would set fans from Blind Guardian via Amon Amarth to Equilibrium ablaze, in-your-face hymns, cast in a massive wall of sound. Recorded for eternity in Sebastian ‘Seeb’ Levermann’s (Orden Ogan) Greenman Studio, ‘BERSERKER’ sounded much more dominant and intimidating than the prior releases, yet allowing some highly welcome edges and thorns in the production. The result was an invincible, yet harsh sound, a legitimate counterpart to the berserkers’ battle cry.
In 2018, ASENBLUT are still an epic, furious, victorious and elegiac force to be reckoned with, a self-confident force about to let the regalia of German Viking Metal bloom anew.
The new 5 song EP ‘LEGENDEN’, which will be released on February 16th 2018, is looking back at the days of ‘AUFBRUCH’ while taking a huge step forward at the same time: 4 songs from the band’s early days, re-recorded and refined in the most perfect way, again by Mr. Sebastian ;Seeb’ Leevermann (Orden Ogan) in his Greenman Studios. As a very special treat, ‘LEGENDEN’ also includes a cover version of Manowar’s ‘God Or Man’.
God Or Man (Manowar cover)
Von Des Verräters Untergang
Claus Cleinkrieg (Guitars), Yuri (Guitars), Sash (Bass), Balrogh (Drums), Tetzel (Vocals)