Sunday, August 24, 2008


Asterisk* (or “a*” as they have been called occasionally) was formed inUmeå, northern Sweden out of pure boredom in the autumn of 99 (possibly theonly grindcore band ever to arise from that area). The participants were fedup with (slow) punk and metal bands and seemed to want to create somethingnew while still playing as fast as they possibly could. Influencesfrequently named by the band were Slayer, Ruins and minimalist composerArnold Dreyblatt. The three members of the band (often named as thepseudonyms “angel”, “beetle” and “rose”, which are all connected to tattoos)shared a love for philosophy, video games and “flubber” riffs (an owninvention, listen to the song “Silver (bullet) bible” for references).Asterisk* started their career with an LP (Dogma I) in 2000, then made asplit 7” (Dogma II) with Nasum and a split 10” (Dogma III) with JennyPiccolo in early 2001. Asterisk* also appeared on some more or lesshilarious compilations during these two years. Live performances however,were very rare and the band never went on tour or played out of the northernregion of Sweden. The vinyl releases were all inspired lyrically by specificthemes such as the effort of human speech, French philosophy and angels. In2002 the band slipped into hiatus and it is very unclear at this point ifthe band ever will continue to make music.