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Live 2008

Back at Paradiso again.
This time together with Sin 7 sinS as our suport. Recorded and broadcasted by Fabchanel. So people who couldn't be with us that night didn' t had to miss our show. ( Even somewhere in Africa :)

 

Straight from Amsterdam we were heading to Bochum catching a hotel, to get halfway to Munchen. The next morning we were "fresh” and shining and ready to go. Still a 6 hour drive.

Backstage seems to be a cool place, whish that we had something like that in our neighbourhood

Tempelores

Asrai is one of the few gothic bands from the Netherlands with quite a history. They formed back in 1985 and in 1988 they changed their name from “Twins no Twins” in Asrai. At that time Asrai already had a dark melancholic side which is still present on stage today. One of the things that makes this band stand out compared to other gothic bands is their style. And I mean their personal style. The sisters Karin and Margriet have their own way, as well as Rik, their guitarist. And I think that that also adds something to the originality of their music. They are like this, they did not put on a gothic dress, only for their stage act

Although the band has been around for over twelve years they have only recently released their third CD, and of course they played some tracks from the new album. You could have told me that all the songs were from the last one and I would have believed it. I have listened to their albums before but never liked it, though some friends were going and I thought maybe I should give the band a chance. I am glad I went that Sunday evening. They played in the little hall and considering it was a Sunday there was a nice crowd.

Asrai like to call their own music, hot-blooded rock. I have not seen the blooded rock, but I clearly have seen the intense power they have on stage. Not only Margriet the singer but also other band members gave their all. It is quite powerful but at the same time there was this friendly vibe amongst people in the audience but the friendly vibe also came from the band. The interaction with the audience was very nice and they even joked a bit.

As I said I did not really like their CD's but they have changed my perspective. I do like Asrai; They were very good. They take you into their deep emotions and this dark melancholic gothic atmosphere alternated with good metal. I got carried away by their lyrics and performance. Magriet is a great singer and even Manon showed she can sing. Was nice to see her on stage because together with Karin, she was a bit hidden in the dark back of the stage. All in all a very good live band, and if you have the chance go see them live.
 
Concert: Asrai  Date: 13-01-2008, venue: (Netherlands)    By: Elvira Visser

Tonight we're playing in Rotterdam again. We spend a lot of musical hours in this area (The Boompjeskade).

Our first musical years we rehearshaled at Stroef and later on we moved to Waterfront.

 

So let's add some more music to this chapeter with this gig, together with Sin7Sins

Tonight our thoughts are with the ones who couldn't join us...

SETLIST
 
Shadows
Child
Your hands so cold
Touch in the Dark
Stay
Pale Light
Roses
Eyes in the light of Fire
Sour Ground
Delilah' s Lie
In Front of Me
 
Whisper
Tower

Tonight we play at Het Paard in Rik's hometown Den Hague, with Deadcell as our supportact. An Industrial/Metal act, with just a diffrent twist.

We're looking forward to it...

Blood swet and....

The tour with Epica has been cancelled, although these two shows remain.
 
22 febr 2008, Ready to go to The Splendid in Lille. Amazing enough we didn’t got lost and not even got stuck in a traffic jam...
 
Whish we could say the same that evening, after the show we got terribly lost getting to our hotel,. There are to many rue de lille, When we finally found out that the rue the Lille wasn't in Lille we got  to the hotel and could finally crash into our beds..

The next day there was even time for doing a little sightseeing and shopping in Gent, before we were heading to a fully loaded Biebob.

 
Asrai & Epica – Biebob – Vosselaar – 23/2/2008
 
Tekst : Johan
 
Al bij aankomst in Biebob werd me duidelijk dat het beloofde om een Nederlands dubbelfeest te worden met Asrai & Epica. Gewapend met fototoestel baande ik me een weg tot vooraan aan het podium. Biebob was uitverkocht deze avond en dat komt een live sfeer altijd ten goede, niet enkel de fans zijn dan in hun nopjes maar ook voor de bands voelt dit extra tof aan. Asrai mocht omstreeks iets na achten van start gaan met een vurige set die voornamelijk bestond uit nummers uit hun recentste “Pearls Of Dirt” , maar ook de beste uit voorganger “Touch In The Dark” werden niet weerhouden. Frontvrouw Margriet trok stevig van leer gerugsteund door de eveneens met staartjes getooide (het handelsmerk van Asrai) drumlady Karin die de beuk zette voor snarenplukkers Martin & Rik die hun mannetje wisten te staan in deze voornamelijk uit vrouwen bestaande bezetting waarin vooral toetseniste Manon & geluidsamples voor de melodieuze toon zorgden. Een lekkere gedreven opwarmer van formaat alvorens het Epica kanon op de zal losgelaten werd. Jammer wel dat de podiumruimte en belichting beperkt was waardoor Asrai niet volkomen tot zijn recht kon komen.
 
Setlist
Shadows
Lost
Pale Light
Your Hands So Cold
Deliliahs Lie
Sour Ground
Awaken
Stay with me
Roses
In Front Of Me
 
Thanks to Nico, Dieter, Pieter,Johan, Jolanda for sending their  photos and ofcourse we would like to thanks everybody for the great evening we had.
 
Cheers!

After the show it's picture time

The food back stage is to die for...

The Wave-Gotik Treffen is the world's largest festival for "dark culture" held each spring in Leipzig, Germany. 150+ bands and artists from various backgrounds (Goth, EBM, Industrial, Futurepop, Darkwave, Neofolk, Neoclassical, Noise, Medieval Music, Experimental, Coldwave, etc.) play at several venues throughout the city.

Wave Gothic Treffen,
 
Back in Leipzig again, one of the greatest festivals. This time we had the pleasure to play at the Kohlrabizirkus. What is a beautiful venue.
Bands played that evening:
15.40hThe Veil (F)
16.30hArtifact (N)
17.20hAutumn (NL)
18.20hStoneman (CH)
19.20hThe Old Dead Tree (F)
20.20hAsrai (NL)
21.20hBattlelore (FIN)
22.20hLake Of Tears (S
23.30hTiamat (S)

Shadows 

Pale Light

Your Hands So Cold

Stay With Me

Awaken

Delilah's Lie

In Front Of Me

Sour Ground



WGT is always something special.  And even more with in Germany the best Dutch audiance you can get

Baroeg has a special place in our heart, we spend many hours there. Watching some cool bands, spend our hours on the dancefloor... and as a band also on stage.

So when we had the opportunatie to play at the Baroeg Open Air festival 2008 we couldn't resist this one... Let's Party!!

Heading to the Effenaar on a thursday.

We will join stage with KingFisher Sky.

 

Backstage we bump in all the time to Theo Maarsen and his bodyguards, who has his try-out show Zonder Pardon..

 

Loosing track sometimes on the endeless stairs and getting ready to play.

Whisper
Your hands so cold
Pale Light
Lost
Tower
Shadows
Awaken
Delilah’s lie
Sour Ground
 

 
De aftrap is van Asrai, wellicht beter geprogrammeerd als afsluiter omdat deze band simpelweg meer rockt dan de band die volgt. Met een zangeres als Margriet, die soms demonisch soms engelachtig weet te zingen

(maar altijd melodieus) weet een band zich verzekerd van een prima podium-presentatie. De gothic outfits van deze lieden zetten de toon van de avond en geven je gelijk het gevoel dat je naar iets heel uitzonderlijks en spannends zit te kijken. Complimenten ook voor de bassist die met zijn hoed en Metal-poses het gevoel van Metal uitstekend weet neer te zetten. Asrai vertegenwoordigt toch wat meer de underground van de gothic Metal en doet dat met verve.

 
Recensie Geschreven door: Jochem


Asrai was attending the sixth edition of

Metal Female Voices Fest.

We're all dressed up, and ready to rock!


Asrai

Upon entering the venue we saw that quite a crowd had gathered already. Asrai was one of the Dutch acts performing at the festival. Their third album ‘Pearls in Dirt’ was released about a year ago. So who knows what’s cooking….

Music & performance
The sound was not that well, especially at the start of the performance, as if the band was playing a mile away. There was little front light but… the beats were great. Asrai always knows how to get a crowd on the move. Both guitarists are completely in to their guitars, playing them with full passion. Manon was giving her own show behind the keyboards, dancing, playing and singing along. After a few songs the power of Asrai really came to a height. Margriet has a very recognizable sound and that is great.

Shadows

Your hands so cold

Pale Light

Tower

Awaken

Delilah's lie

Stay with me

In Front of Me

Sour Ground

Whisper



Beside playing at the festival one of the best things is the nice athmosphere and the change to be close to the fans. With signing session and photoshoots....

We were looking forward to this tour for a long time. 

Finally Monday the 1st of December was the kick off of the Darkest Tour, with our label mates Septic Flesh and the legends in their own way: Moonspell, Gorgoroth and Cradle of Filth

 

Join us by following this link to the

Darkest Tour