Music / ASP
ASP is a Gothic Rock band from Frankfurt am Main
- Alexander "Asp" Frank Spreng – Vocals, Programming
- Lutz Demmler - Guitars, Keyboard, E-Bass, Mandolin
- Sören Jordan - Lead Guitar
- Andreas "Tossi" Gross - E-Bass
- Stefan Günther - Drums
- 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 Krabat-Liederzyklus (2008)
- Fremd (Fremder-Zyklus 1) (2011)
- Maskenhaft (Fremder-Zyklus 2) (2013)
Provides Examples of:
- Album Intro Track: Literally every album has one. Requiembryo and Zaubererbruder even have an Album Outro Track.
- Album Title Drop: It doesn't even have to be the same album.
- Alone in a Crowd: The narrator of "Biotopia" feels alone among other people, unable to truly connect with others.
- Audience Participation Song: Many, especially "Ich will brennen" and "Schwarzes Blut".
- Book Ends: Requiembryo begins and ends with "Offährte".
- Breakup Song: "Und wir tanzten," among others.
- Butterfly of Death and Rebirth
- Concept Album: All of them.
- Dark Is Not Evil: A recurring theme.
- Destructive Romance: "Demon Love."
- Digital Piracy Is Evil: 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.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Do Not Call Asp Alexander.
- Downer Ending: The music video for "Me" ends with Asp's Author Avatar finding out that his girlfriend is dead when a monster drags her body to the abyss. After Asp crosses the Despair Event Horizon upon this discovery, the butterfly he gave her early in the video turns him into the very monster who killed her.
- Fading into the Next Song
- Harsh Vocals: Occasionally.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: The narrator of "Biotopia" feels alone and waits for someone with whom he can bond.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Despite the capital letters, the band name is pronounced as one word.
- Jekyll & Hyde: The Black Butterfly.
- Lyrical Cold Open; Occurs a lot:
- "So viel mehr."
- In Weltunter:
- "Stille der Nacht", "Demon Love" and "Hässlich"
- In Requiembryo:
- In fremd:
- Madness Mantra: "Coming Home" has nigh unto endless repetitions of "The tile the tile the tile the tiles the tiles."
- Myth Arc:
- Der schwarze Schmetterling
- Obligatory Bondage Song: "Teach Me War."
- Rapunzel Hair: The trademark of long-time guest violinist Almut "Ally" Storch. It can be admired in full glory on the Zaubererbruder live DVD.
- Recycled Lyrics: Happens occasionally. "Wechselbalg" for example uses lines from "So viel mehr".
- Religion Rant Song: "Ich bin ein wahrer Satan."
- Resist the Beast: "Lykantropie" is about this.
- Scary Musician, Harmless Music: ASP is far from vanilla, but not as dark as ASP's appearance either.
- Self-Backing Vocalist
- Self Empowerment Anthem: "Ich will brennen".
- Special Edition: Typical for Trisol, their record label. Expect every CD to come out in at least half a dozen fancy digipack vinyl bookcase whatever editions.
- Unplugged Version: Their popular acoustic versions recently got outsourced into their own project, ASPs Von Zaubererbrudern.