9 / 10
"All the songs are really excellent, proof that a good name arose in Germany, and the Progressive Black Metal brutality of 'Harmagedon' (very good bass guitar and drums parts), the contrasts or morbid moments with piledriving speed on the rhythms of 'Welt vorm Kollaps', the aggressive and nasty outfit permeated with melodic moments of 'Tödliche Begierde' and of 'Scheinwelt', the introspective rough touch that is shown on 'Elegie', and the Avant-garde kaleidoscope shown on 'Monochrom' are the best shots … ASPIDIUM really shows a very good work … the future is promising, if the band deal its cards with wisdom."
9 / 10
"Basically, ASPIDIUM is one of those pleasant surprises that every good Metal fan wants to find amidst the current sameness in which the scene is … and 'Harmagedon' shows that their future tends to be great, precisely because they run away from models cast in their style … a true band …"
(Metal Mind Reflections)
9 / 10
"… fantastic vocals ... very solid album, which you can definitely recommend …"
(AMMO Supports The Underground)
8,5 / 10
"… the record works … scratching, kicking, biting, and even playing melodies …"
8,5 / 10
"… aggressive and powerful …"
8 / 10
"… atmospheric and melodic style of Black Metal … mixes it with Death Metal to create a sound of their own … production sounds very professional for being a self released recording … you should check out …"
(Occult Black Metal Zine)
8 / 10
"… the most refreshing thing I have heard lately about releases from the direction of Black Metal ... recommended to everybody who is not only enthusiastic about speed records …"
8 / 10
"… the varied, often blackened Death Metal in terms of tempo and songwriting is very well done and sounds quite often like a mean mixture of Bolt Thrower and old Belphegor ... whoever feels comfortable in this mixture and appreciates intelligent and pissed off lyrics at the same time, will enjoy an extremely valuable album with ASPIDIUM's 'Harmagedon'. Buy recommendation!!!"
7,5 / 10
"… melodic, but always also dark and atmospheric ... the hoarse singing comes along nicely fittingly nasty and knows to please ... good work with independent music …"
7 / 10
11 / 15
"... works ... lots of pressure ... bull's-eye ... a super important album ..."
3 / 5
"… violent blast beats and dark and malignant atmospheres … a good album that can be listened to."
(All Around Metal)
"Concentrated brutality ... very apocalyptic atmosphere ... varied guitar playing ... a real treat for fans of the harder style!"
"… rewarding, because it gives you everything and immediately, without compromise, without making you wait. And this can only be an advantage, especially in today's scene, where even the most popular bands sometimes let themselves get carried away by frills and a complexity not always understandable to the listener."
(The Murder Inn)
"… ASPIDIUM build up their songs to reach a grand dramatic peak as in some opera acts … 'Harmagedon' was planned and done to be an Black Metal version of a cult … songs are oriented to sound as if they were part of a black mass or anything related … the fan can expect an album full of dense and dark atmospheres mixed with some more aggressive moments …"
"… impressive work, which offers a conclusive overall picture in terms of atmosphere and lyrics ... equipped with the unadulterated sound of an underground release, 'Armageddon' should be a no less interesting tip for the hardcore fans of the genre."
Black Death Metal
April 18, 2020
The term 'catharsis' - Greek for 'purification' - is known as the hypothesis that living out internal conflicts and buried (suppressed) emotions results in a reduction of these conflicts and feelings. Not by accident, ASPIDIUM has dedicated the instrumental of its debut album "Manifestum" to this topic.
[ Pic: Kurt Jason Kelderer ]
ASPIDIUM arose out of a solo project of Kurt 'Jason' Kelderer beginning of 2017 in Abtsgmünd. Jason already has played bass guitar for many years in several bands, but in none of them, he was able to realize his personal ideas of music. Hence, at the beginning of 2017 he started to put his emotions into songs and to fulfill his musical visions, his manifest. The foundation of ASPIDIUM had been set.
At the beginning planed as mere solo project, ASPIDIUM evolved to a German/Italian band project with the entry of Benni Leiter from South Tyrol on the guitar.
Together the first CD "Manifestum" was released in 2018. The recordings were made by Lukas Flarer at the Sound Control Studio in Meran, the cover artwork was taken over by Dani Hofer from South Tyrol.
In the course of 2019, the new songs for the second album "Harmagedon" were created also as a solo project, which was recorded in proven cooperation with Lukas Flarer.
For the cover artwork, Dani Hofer could be won again. The release of "Harmagedon" is planned for April 18, 2020. Live on stage Kurt Jason Kelderer is supported by Susi Hartmann, Thomas Altmann and Emil Herrmann.
[ Cover art: DaNi Hofer • Archetype Design ]
"Why does a BLACK DEATH METAL band need to write necessarily its songs in English", Jason asks into the scene. ASPIDIUM is unconventional and does not like to be put into a box. Rules, clichés and ready-made opinions are there to be broken, according to the bandleader.
Thus ASPIDIUM combines German lyrics with uncompromising Black Death without any blinders. Socially critical lyrics that put their finger on the weak spots of our time, without the stereotypical thinking attached to Black or Death Metal, characterizes ASPIDIUM.
ASPIDIUM are available for interviews via phone & e-mail
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