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ARTIST INTERVIEW: ASCARI



Interview


What first got you into music?


Music has always been a big part of our lives, since the early days to our formation and beyond, music is integral to our daily lives and growth. It’s hard to say when exactly, but me and Keiran have been working together since we were at sixth form/college, and I think we’d both agree that that was when our musical interests really began to expand.



What is "Bulldozer" and why does it go hard as fuck?!


Bulldozer was the first song we wrote with our guitarist James, in fact, we came up with the basic idea for Bulldozer within the first hour of meeting him. The song is about feeling trapped and like you’re a victim of someone else’s selfishness, something we’ve probably all felt at some point. We like to turn somewhat off limit topics like this into high energy bangers like Bulldozer



What memorable responses have you had to your work?


The most memorable moment for us would probably have to be at one of our recent gigs, where a group of people in the audience who had never seen us before started moshing to Bulldozer and a few other songs we played. Seeing people push and shove each other because of your music is the highest honour you can have as a metal artist.



Do you consider yourself a music - nerd?


Of course! I graduated from ICMP last year where I focused honing my skills as a musician and engineer. I try to keep up with as many of the latest releases in the metal scene as possible, for example I’ve been absolutely loving the new singles from Knocked Loose (stinkingly heavy by the way). I always find it exciting to hear when someone brings a fresh spin to the genre.



What’s your favorite artist from the metalcore scene?


Honestly there’s way too many to choose from, especially since metal core is such a varied genre. From the top of my head I can name 3: Knocked Loose, Thornhill, Spiritbox



Can you tell us an epic cringe memory of yours?


When I’m onstage I usually don’t think about my surroundings, so I’ll be running around, jumping or head banging, which means I’ve almost fallen on stage countless times. It hasn’t just yet, but I know that I’ll be face down on the stage in the middle of a song one day, and that will be epic cringe



Which metal album was playing on your headphones when you're getting into the scene?


One important album which really connected to me in a musical way was Perception by Breakdown of Sanity, I was always interested in the band’s unique takes on the genre, I’m a big fan of nasty breakdowns, if it chugs it fugs.



What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?


Aiden: It’s not my favourite, however I like to judge ice cream shops on how good their vanilla flavour is, because if they can master the classics, I can trust that their other flavours are just as good, if not better.


Keiran: It’s not my favourite, however I like to judge ice cream shops on how good their chocolate flavour is, because if they can master the classics, I can trust that their other flavours are just as good, if not better.


James: I’m lactose intolerant so when I go to the ice cream shop I just get a coke.



What's your favorite film? Have you seen the Blair Witch Project?


It’s a movie where the visuals and music floors me every time, the blend of Jazz harmony with an orchestral aesthetic just creates this sense of wonder and adventure which I adore, and for this, I absolutely love the movie Spirited Away. I haven’t seen the Blair Witch project, however I will add it to my list!



Do you sing in the shower? If yes, what songs?


Yes and I also keep my socks on. Most of the time you can catch me singing along to the new Sleep Token album or Youth by Citizen.



Do you agree with the Pigeon?


Of course!


Review

The riffs of "Bulldozer" don't waste a second, they immediately start kicking me and crushing me in a dark European forest. These megalomaniac riffs couldn't be louder or more hardcore, taking me further and further away from reality with each passing second, and they complement each other perfectly with this powerful vocal performance delivered by ASCARI's leader. You can see that there is clearly an effort to make the riffs progressively more creative and more elaborate as the track goes on and eventually we reach a dark bridge hidden in this metal anthem that pushes us away!!!








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