ASP is a Gothic Novel Rock band from UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}.
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'''Current Members''':
* Alexander "Asp" Frank Spreng – Vocals, Programming
* Lutz Demmler - Guitars, Keyboard, E-Bass, [[BizarreInstrument Mandolin]]
* Sören Jordan - Lead Guitar
* Andreas "Tossi" Gross - E-Bass
* Stefan Günther-Martens - Drums

'''Former Members''':
* Matthias "Matze" Ambre - Guitar
* Oliver "Himmi" Himmighoffen - Drums

'''Studio Albums''':
* ''Hast du mich vermisst? (Der schwarze Schmetterling I)'' (2000)
* '':Duett (Der schwarze Schmetterling II)'' (2001)
* ''Weltunter (Der schwarze Schmetterling III)'' (2003)
* ''Aus der Tiefe (Der schwarze Schmetterling IV)'' (2005)
* ''Requiembryo (Der schwarze Schmetterling V)'' (2007)
* ''Zaubererbruder: Der Literature/{{Krabat}}-Liederzyklus'' (2008)
* ''Fremd (Fremder-Zyklus 1)'' (2011)
* ''Maskenhaft (Fremder-Zyklus 2)'' (2013)
* ''Verfallen Folge 1: Astoria'' (2015)
* ''Verfallen Folge 2: Fassaden'' (2016)
* ''[=GeistErfahrer=]'' (2016)

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!!'''Provides Examples of:'''

* AlbumIntroTrack: Almost every album has one. ''Requiembryo'' and ''Zaubererbruder'' even have an Album Outro Track.
* AlbumTitleDrop: Due to the many cross references between the songs it doesn't even have to be the same album. „Die Kleine Ballade Vom Schwarzen Schmetterling“ from their second album for example features several repetitions of the line ''“Hast du mich vermisst?“''
* AloneInACrowd:The narrator of "Biotopia" feels alone among other people, unable to truly connect with others.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Plenty, most notably
** At concerts, the „Eeeooh“ chant from live performances of „Ich will brennen“ is the default way of demanding an encore.
** „Rücken an Rücken“ is traditionally performed back to back with the audience.
* BookEnds: ''Requiembryo'' begins and ends with "Offährte".
* BreakupSong: "Und wir tanzten", „Rücken an Rücken“ among others.
* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth
* ConceptAlbum: To some extent, they all are. More precisely, ''Zaubererbruder'' retells the Sorbian saga of Krabat. The two ''Verfallen'' albums revolve around a young veteran getting lured into and possessed by the fabled Hotel Astoria in Leipzig, Germany
* DarkIsNotEvil: A recurring theme.
* DestructiveRomance: "Demon Love."
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: They often encourage their fans to actually buy the music and not share it online. Justified, since despite growing success ASP is still an indie band that has to pay its bills.
* DoNotCallMePaul: Do not call Asp Alexander.
* DownerEnding: The music video for "Me" ends with Asp's AuthorAvatar finding out that his girlfriend is dead when a monster drags her body to the abyss. After Asp crosses the DespairEventHorizon upon this discovery, the butterfly he gave her early in the video turns him into the very monster who killed her.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong
* FreezeFrameBonus: Pay a closer look at the music video for „Me“, and you'll spot [[spoiler: the protagonist briefly morphing into the monster that abducted his love interest.]]
* HarshVocals: Occasionally. Guitarist Lutz also can pull off some impressive grunts live.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: The narrator of "Biotopia" feels alone and waits for someone with whom he can bond.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Despite the capital letters, the band name is pronounced as one word. It's a common beginner's mistake.
* JekyllAndHyde: The Black Butterfly.
* LyricalColdOpen; Occurs a lot:
** "So viel mehr."
** In ''Weltunter'': "Stille der Nacht", "Demon Love" and "Hässlich"
** In ''Requiembryo'': "Requiem"
** In ''fremd'': "Rücken an Rücken"
* MadnessMantra: "Coming Home" has nigh unto endless repetitions of "The tile the tile the tile the tiles the tiles."
* MythArc:
** ''Der schwarze Schmetterling''
** ''Fremder-Zyklus''
* NonAppearingTitle: Happens occasionally, not counting the purely instrumental songs:
** In ''Duett'':„Kokon“ and „Die Kleine Ballade vom Schwarzen Schmetterling“
** In ''Weltunter'': Lykantropie, unless you count the live intro.
** In ''Aus der Tiefe'': „Werben“
** In ''Requiembryo'': „De Profundis“ and „Duett“
** In ''Zaubererbruder'': "Fluchtversuch"
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Teach Me War."
* RapunzelHair: The trademark of long-time guest violinist Ally Storch.
* RecycledLyrics: With all the cross references, this happens a lot. "Wechselbalg" for example uses lines from "So viel mehr".
* ReligionRantSong: "Ich bin ein wahrer Satan."
* ResistTheBeast: "Lykantropie" is about this.
* SelfBackingVocalist: On the records, Asp sings all the backing vocals himself.
* SelfEmpowermentAnthem: '''"Ich will brennen"'''.
* SpecialEdition: Typical for Trisol, their record label. Expect every CD to come out in at least half a dozen fancy digipack vinyl bookcase whatever editions.
* UnpluggedVersion: Their popular acoustic versions got outsourced into their own project, „Asps von Zaubererbrüdern'', which is currently on hiatus.
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