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Formed: 1988
From: Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Asrai News

Below is our complete Asrai news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Tristania Announces New Tour Dates

Norwegian Gothic metal act Tristania has announced a string of upcoming tour dates in support of "Rubicon," the band's new album. Support from the August 10th through August 23rd dates will come from Unsun and Asrai. The currently announced dates are as follows:

25.09.2010 (N) STAVANGER / Folken (Rubicon Release Party w/special guests on stage)
30.09.2010 (N) KRISTIANSAND / Kick
01.10.2010 (N) OSLO / Betong
06.10.2010 (N) STORD / Arena
07.10.2010 (N) BERGEN / Garage
08.10.2010 (UK) LONDON / Underworld
09.10.2010 (NL) HENGELO / Metropool
10.10.2010 (NL) AMSTERDAM / Melkweg
11.10.2010 (F) PARIS / Glazart
12.10.2010 (D) STUTTGART / Die Röhre
13.10.2010 (D) FRANKFURT / Batschkapp
14.10.2010 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle
15.10.2010 (D) GLAUCHAU / Alte Spinnerei
16.10.2010 (PL) KRAKÓW / Loch Ness
17.10.2010 (SK) BRATISLAVA / Randal
19.10.2010 (CZ) PRAGUE / Exit Chmelnice
20.10.2010 (D) BERLIN / K 17
21.10.2010 (D) MUNICH / Backstage
22.10.2010 (CH) PRATTELN / Z7
23.10.2010 (B) WIEZE / Metal Female Voices Fest More...

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Tristania Announces European Tour

Gothic metal act Tristania will be heading out on a European tour this October with support from Asrai. The currently announced dates are as follows:

08/10/2010 (UK) LONDON /Underworld
09/10/2010 (NL) HENGELO/Metropool
10/10/2010 (NL) AMSTERDAM/Melkweg
11/10/2010 (F) PARIS/Glazart
12/10/2010 (D) STUTTGART/Die Röhre
13/10/2010 (D) FRANKFURT/Batschkapp
14/10/2010 (D) HAMBURG /Markthalle
15/10/2010 (D) GLAUCHAU/Alte Spinnerei
16/10/2010 (P) KRAKÓW/Loch Ness
17/10/2010 (SK) BRATISLAVA/Randal
19/10/2010 (CZ) PRAGUE/Exit Chmelnice
20/10/2010 (D) BERLIN /K 17
21/10/2010 (D) MUNICH/Backstage
22/10/2010 (CH) PRATTELN/Z7
23/10/2010 (B) WIEZE/Metal Female Voices Fest

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Femme Metal Records Putting Together Compilation

Femme Metal Records is putting together a metal compilation entitled "Beauty and Brutality"and has announced the first bands confirmed. They include:


More bands will be announced soon. If you are interested in having your band on the upcoming or future compilation CDs then contact Femme Metal Records at info@femmemetal.net.

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Ava Inferi Announces Hellhounds Festival Changes

Portugese doom metal band Ava Inferi has just announced some changes in regards to the lineup for the Hellhounds festival. Firstly, Scream Silence has cancelled their participation in the festival, and due to the short notice to find a suitable replacement, major production and logistic difficulties are occuring. This has forced a cancellation of the band Novembre from being on this tour. The decision was made in regret. Therefore, the lineup for the Hellhounds festival is as follows: Tiamat, The 69 Eyes, and Ava Inferi. All bands will play a longer set. Asrai will join the Hellhound festival on the 28th of February at the "Boerderij - Zoetmermeer."

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Asrai Issues Post-Tour Report

Freshly back from the Darkest Tour with CRADLE OF FILTH, GORGOROTH, MOONSPELL and SEPTICFLESH, Dutch goth metallers ASRAI wrote the following report of this European tour that took place in December, ending in an unexpected way:

"We were looking forward to this tour for a long time. Finally the Darkest Tour kicked off on Monday December 1st. Early in the morning together with our tour manager and driver we headed in our van to London, where we would meet everybody and go on the tour bus. Everything went well from Calais to Dover, until we got stuck in traffic. And soon we heard that we were not the only ones... Time was not our friend, so when we heard that there was a possibility that one of the bands couldn't play we drove like maniacs through the streets of London. We arrived with adrenaline rushing though our veins, although it didn't help us much... We heard that one band couldn't play... And in this case it was us... Well at least we had all the time to watch all the shows and enjoyed being there.

"So when after the shows finally 52 people and all the stuff found their way in four tour busses, one truck and a trailer we were ready to go to Paris... Peter brought back our van, ready to meet us at 013. After a bumpy ride we woke up in Paris, with one eye open we saw the Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre and it was time to get up... First we drove straight up to a parking space near the Seine, so there was enough room at the Bataclan to unload the truck. After a glance at the Seine we went back to the bus, up to the Bataclan, where a queue was waiting. The venue was beautiful and the breakfast was nice and more than welcome, giving everybody the time to know one another. Hard work to set everything up on time but it was all worth it. The audience was great and it was nice to finally meet the people from SOM. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Confirm Support Acts For Euro Tour

Cradle Of Filth has announced that they will be joined by Gorgoroth, Moonspell, Septicflesh and Asrai on their upcoming European tour dates.

The tour dates are as follows:

1 - Forum - London, UK
2 - Bataclan - Paris, France
3 - 013 - Tilburg, Holland
4 - Garage - Saarbrucken, Germany
6 - Z7 - Pratteln, Swizerland
7 - Palanord - Bologna, Italy
8 - Planet Music - Vienna, Austria
9 - Petofi Hall - Budapest, Hungary
11 - Reithalle - Dresden, Germany
12 - CCN Weimarhalle - Weimar, Germany
13 - Hof Ter Loo - Antwerpen, Belgium
14 - Huxleys - Berlin, Germany
16 - Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
17 - Live Music Hall - Cologne, Germany
18 - Hugenottenhalle - Neu Isenburg, Germany
19 - Backstage - München, Germany
20 - Hyde Park - Osnabruck, Germany

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Gorgoroth Prepare For European Tour 2008

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have issued the following update:

"Gorgoroth will, along with CRADLE OF FILTH, MOONSPELL, SEPTICFLESH and ASRAI, tour Europe in December. Be prepared for some very special shows. Check back later for further updates."

Dates for the above mentioned tour include:

1 - London, England - Forum
2 - Paris, France - Bataclan
3 - Tilburg, Holland - 013
4 - Saarbrucken, Germany - Garage
6 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
7 - Bologna, Italy - Palanord
8 - Vienna, Austria - Planet Music
9 - Budapest, Hungary - Pecsa
11 - Dresden, Germany - Reithalle
12 - Weimar, Germany - CCN Weimarhalle
13 - Belgium - TBA (festival)
14 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
16 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
17 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
18 - Neu Isenburg, Germany - Hugenottenhalle
19 - Munchen, Germany - Backstage
20 - Osnabruck, Germany - Hyde Park

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Asrai Performance Posted Online On Fabchannel

FABCHANNEL, the famous Dutch web TV, filmed ASRAI's last January 4th performance at Paradiso, Amsterdam. You can watch this pro-shot full performance online here.

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Asrai Post "Sour Ground" Song Online

Season of Mist will release the third album from Dutch goth metallers ASRAI, entitled "Pearls in Dirt", in Europe on November 12 (November 20 in the U.S.). A single, "Sour Ground", preceded the full-length effort on November 5. The title track will also be available on the limited edition of "Pearls in Dirt". The deluxe packaging will include a velvet o-ring and silver hot foil print.

Download the "Sour Ground" track at this location.

Commented the band: "While touring after the release of 'Touch in the Dark', ideas came up for new material. 'Sour Ground' was one of the first new songs we wrote and during jamming new songs saw a new daylight. Except 'Pearls in Dirt', a song we never finished but inspired us for three new songs. For several reasons we couldn't avoid this title. So it had to become the title of the new album, and is symbolic to the period we were in!" More...

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Asrai Sign To Season of Mist

Season of Mist has announced the fresh signing of Dutch Gothic Metal act ASRAI. Their third full-length album is scheduled for late spring 2007 and will be followed by a European tour. ASRAI comment After "Touch in the Dark", new songs were to be released and a new path to be explored to let loose our next album. Travelling through different seasons, the best was the misty one. Season of Mist appeared and the road became clear to us all. We are looking forward to combine both our visions. We can't wait to say; Season of Mist 'till death do us part'.

You can check out some of their material on the ASRAI's fan page on MySpace.

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Confirmations For Metal Female Voices Festival III

LACUNA COIL, AFTER FOREVER, EPICA and LEAVES' EYES are among the acts confirmed for the Metal Female Voices Festival III, set to take place on October 22, 2005 at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


One more opening act will be announced during the coming weeks.

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