‘Regular’ edition digibook, 28 page booklet, semi-gloss art print with spot varnishing! ASP’s new album is a uniquely intensified blend of all essential elements which have made ASP what they are today: the most important German gothic rock project. Asp Spreng, singer, composer, lyricist and heart and mind behind the project takes the listener by the hand in the manner of a mysterious stranger and leads you into a dark kingdom without, however, allowing you to sink into hopelessness. As he searches for the shades of melancholy, Asp evokes a powerful spell which makes an enchanted as well as disturbing experience from the in part epically long pieces. The album wafts like a wisp of spectral fog from an English moor in Victorian times across the cold streets of today. ‘Fremd’ is a musical reinvention which nevertheless feels so familiar, as if this project had never sounded any different. It is a musical and lyrical coup which boasts an additional highlight owing to the spectacular cover artwork by Timo Würz. His artwork will enrich the first part of the ‘fremd’ cycle with a graphical style never before achieved. But as sombre, unsettling, teeth-baring, melancholy and plaintive as ‘fremd’ may be, the twinkle of an eye can likewise be sensed once again, a subtle humour nevertheless resonating between the lines like a strong, emotionally-charged intimacy when Asp bares his emotions for the listener. ASP never sounded more convincing, the lyrics never more expressive, the music never more substantial. A new era has begun – and never before has it been so worth the wait.
|1. A prayer for sanctuary
3. Eisige Wirklichkeit
4. The Mysterious Vanishing of the Foremar Family
5. Rücken an Rücken
6. Angstkathedrale (Canterbury version)
7. Schön, schön, schön
8. FremdkörPerson, erstens