Glaswegian avant-garde black metal act ASHENSPIRE are hitting the road this October for a run of dates in Germany. The band will be joined by Abest. This tour is in support of their critically-acclaimed album Hostile Architecture.

The band comments: “We’re overjoyed to announce that we’re making our way off of our wretched island for the first time this October to play a few shows in Germany with our friends in Abest, who have also just released an incredible new album. This is the first run of shows further afield that we’re hoping to do – more to be announced in the future.”

Full dates:
20/10 – Emscherdamm, OBERHAUSEN
21/10 – Gerber, WEIMAR
22/10 – Stumpf, HANNOVER

More about ASHENSPIRE:
ASHENSPIRE debuted in 2017 on Code666 records with Speak Not of the Laudanum Quandary, a critique of British Imperialism. The new album Hostile Architecture is a commentary on the widening of the inconceivably vast wealth gap between capitalists and the working class, and growing alienation between one another. Musically the outfit create alluring and yet disturbing soundscapes which develop as the album progresses. Grounding the mood with intense dissonance and distortion, jazz influences and ethereal violin parts construct a stark contrast. The discomforting chaos emerges through contrapuntal melodies such as those used in “BÉTON BRUT”. Manipulating dynamics amid tracks, and throughout Hostile Architecture, enhances the emotional anguish of ASHENSPIRE’s powerful message. With an anguished tone, the unsettling vocal quartet in “HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE VISION” diverges significantly from the darker sounds that dominate elsewhere.

Hostile Architecture sees ASHENSPIRE leaning further into avant-garde jazz tendencies and black metal dissonance in a more full realization of their own Sprechstimme. Engaging with evolving compositional styles and experimental techniques, ASHENSPIRE are cultivating exceptional music.