COMPLETE EDITION OF THE DOUBLE ALBUM IN THE STRICTLY LIMITED ‘VINYL COMPLETE BOX EDITION’.
- Auburn vinyl
- 4x180g 12” vinyl
- Audiophile vinyl - German pressing
- Plus 2 rare bonus tracks
- 32 pages booklet in a large format that does the imagery justice (30 x 30cm approx)
- Booklet containing all song lyrics
- Printed inner sleeve
- Sturdy box with lid
- Hand-numbered certificate
- Strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide
Inspired by bestselling German author Kai Meyer’s short story ‘Das Fleisch der Vielen’ (‘The Flesh of Many’), which was written exclusively for this project, ASP unleash the wonderful, tragic, yet romantic horror story - featuring protagonists Paul and the mysterious spectral figure ‘Astoria’ - onto their delighted audience, which is now available for the very first time on vinyl and also as a complete edition.
Folge (episode) 1: Astoria. The setting is as glamorous and eerie as it is real: The Hotel Astoria in Leipzig, built in splendour in 1915, a flamboyant nightlife address for half its life, has been left to ruin for almost two decades now. As the suspense and the frisson unfold with each of Asp’s songs, the faded beauty comes to life again not only as part of the scenery, but as a leading lady. The songs tell the imaginative tale in chronological order.
Folge (episode) 2: Fassaden. In this second part Asp now creates a veritable maelstrom of gripping twists and turns throughout the narration. We quickly come to realize that just like the main character Paul, what we think we know about the story is only really the tip of an evermore menacing iceberg that lurks within its depths.
Despite all the horrors that the music lover is presented with here, ASP have seldom sounded so melodic and catchy while still remaining subtly morbid. The horrors unfold in detail, slowly and in a creeping fashion - just like in an H.P. Lovecraft story. In terms of the lyrics, Asp clearly manages to pull off the balancing act between storytelling and providing the listener with an opportunity to identify with the characters - something he does with his usual ease. As always, he achieves this with a level of lyrical narrative that is unique in the German-language music world.