Interviews: Aschenvater

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Death Metal/Warhammer 40k Metal band, 
Aschenvater from Germany. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Oliver our vocalist had the idea for the band name. He is a big fan of Warhammer and Warhammer 40K. There are four gods who symbolize different elements of misery and war. One of them is the blood god “Khorne”. His realm is a huge ash desert covered with bones and hundreds of burning pyre. He sits on a throne of skulls in a titanic fortress and thirsts for blood and death. Khorne symbolizes war in every way. He is the father of all ashes (“Aschenvater”).

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

Old school death metal can sound brutal, dissonant or melodic. You can play it fast, have some heavy breaks or rolling double bass drum parts. We love the possibilities of the genre and enjoy listening to it. The oldschool death metal is deeply rooted in other genres but still has its own character that makes it unique.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Yes, we were friends before we formed Aschenvater. We live in the same area and listen to the same kind of music. It was just a matter of time that we got to know each other.

4. Each band member favourite band?

There are a lot of bands we like to listen to. Oliver’s favorite Bands are Misery Index, Rotten Sound, Gutteral Secret, Hail of Bullets, Asphyx and Sulphur Aeon. Marcus listens to a lot old Us-Death Metal like Death, but also like Sepultura, Kataklysm, Dimmu Borgir and even some norwegian black metal stuff. Marko has a wide range of Bands he listens to. From Hällas to Teitanblood, Deathrite and many more.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

The Warhammer 40K universe of the 31st and 41st millennium has many battles and stories that can be told and set to music. There is a wealth of inspiration. But we don't want to limit ourselves to just that. Many other interesting topics in literature and the real world are just as disturbing and cruel like the Warhammer 40k universe. We won't run out of inspirations for new songs.

6. Where was your last gig?

So far Aschenvater is still a studio project. But we are planning to form a live line up. If we get the chance to play some killer shows, we will be ready to perform live.

7. Where would you like to act?

Every club and festival is special. But playing at Party San would be a highlight for us in any case. We have been to the festival many times as visitors and we like that people come there just for the music. Party San is the biggest extreme metal festival and very well organized. It's just something special and you feel it every time you're there. It’s like a family reunion.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

If it come down to the big bands, it would certainly be Grave or Asphyx. These bands have been shaking the stages of clubs and festivals for years, never getting tired of what they do and releasing great albums every time.

9. Whom not?

We wouldn't share the stage with bands that we absolute don't like musically or stay in big contrast to our personal values.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

It’s a normal thing. It shows that you have respect for the stage and that you want to deliver your best performance. No one is free of making mistakes, but there comes a certain routine. You will never get completely rid of it and that's good! 

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Definitely Bolt Thrower and Hail of Bullets. They have a huge impact on us. The way they have written their songs and the content of the lyrics. Our sound is clearly inspired by some of the swedish death metal bands. But there are also a lot of other influences that everyone brings in with his personal preferences for different genres.

12. What do you think of our site?

Breathing the Core is a webzine for any kind of metal and hard music. It’s great that you also have categories like behind the artwork and track by tracks. That shows your interest for the whole work of an album a band release. You won't find that very often. The Webzine is made with a lot of love for details and the metal scene in its entirety is represented.

13. Something add?

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce us here. Keep up the good work. To all the Metalheads out there: Join the Massacre! Horns up!

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