Introduce us to your band!
Aspherium is a progressive death metal band from Norway. We make concept albums with a varied sound that incorporates a lot of different elements – from blast beats to acoustic guitars, and everything in between.
How did you guys start out?
Our bassist Torgeir, and I (Marius, guitars/vocals) played in a band prior to Aspherium that didn’t really go anywhere. So, we wanted to start something new together. We had already played some cover songs at a show with a drummer called Bjørn Tore, so we had a jam with him, and he was very excited about starting a new band. We made a demo as a three piece, and looked for a guitar player for a few years before we found Morten.
Describe your band’s sound
People usually call us progressive death metal, so we kinda adopted that term ourselves. We are a bit hard to pin down, since we have so many different metal elements. The foundation is death and thrash metal, and we add a lot of groove and more modern elements as well as progressive and mellow parts. Acoustic sections and synths also appear here and there. We also have a lot of long songs that take the listener on a journey, and that is the goal with the albums as well.
What influences your craft?
The sheer joy that playing guitar and writing songs brings is a big one, and then we have video games, books, nature and movies that can spark some creativity. Just listening to all the great music that is out there is an influence to keep working and getting better.
What makes your project different?
Our particular way of putting songs together, and how the music flows even with a lot of different parts. The music flows like a movie that takes place in your head as you listen. The different sections in the music plays out like different scenes. Some may be aggressive, and some may be really somber, it can even be happy at times. Also, the awesome riffs.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Right now I feel like As We Walk Through the Ashes is a great one. It is a long song that shows off a lot of the different elements that we use.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
Just getting noticed among the vast amount of bands that are out there. Having great music isn’t enough to stand out and we are working on getting the music out to more people, so they become aware of Aspherium.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Working with Jens Bogren and being in Fascination Street Studios during the second album drum recording and mixing was a great experience that we never thought would happen. Jens has worked with some amazing bands like Opeth, Soilwork, Devin Townsend, Amon Amarth, Between the Buried and me. It was a fantastic experience, and the album sounds amazing. On our new album we worked with Linus Corneliusson from the same studio, and the new one may sound even better!
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
We recently released our third album, The Embers of Eternity. We’ve gotten great feedback so far, and now we are working on getting more people to hear the album. We did a run of shows in Norway after the release, and there will be a lot more shows next year!
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered for making music that really means a lot to people. Not something you just forget about, but the music that really stays with you and is important.