Interview: Asinhell Talk New Album ‘Impii Hora’

Michael Poulsen has been marching to the (Vol)beat of his own drum for quite some time, so it should come as no surprise to find that infamous Scandinavian rhythm once again. Asinhell certainly contains some of the elements of his legendary act, Volbeat, but Impii Hora is a moment for Poulsen to come musically home, back to his initial interests and find a group of exceptionally talented friends to help him along the way. Asinhell is raucous, ravenous, though what’s most immediately noticeable is how melodic the whole package is. Melodeath this ain’t, but imagine the most melodic HM-2 style Swedish death you can imagine, make it equal parts arena- and pit-ready, and you’re most of the way there. Most importantly, Impii Hora feels timeless, honoring the greats, while sounding impressively unique. Sometimes the creator’s vision seeps into the music, go figure! As much death metal fun as you can have in 2023.

On the inspiration, Poulsen shares how much and how long death metal has been in his blood and brain:

“When I was 13, I started listening to death metal and played it from the time I was 15 all the way up through my Dominus days. Even after I started adding more influences and sounds that weren’t ‘allowed’ in death metal, finally resulting in my forming Volbeat in 2001, my love for death metal was still there. When I pick up a guitar, death metal riffs are still the first thing I play. The same thing goes with the other guys in the band. We’re all old-school death metal fans; it’s in our DNA, and for me, playing this music was like jumping on a bike for the first time in a long time and just letting things flow. It wasn’t complicated to come up with the songs since we all already knew what we wanted the sound of this band to be like. When it came time to make the record, we did it in an old school way with drums, guitar and bass being played live in the studio and only taking about a week to record the bulk of the album. I am very lucky to have other guys who were as excited to do it this way as I was!”

Impii Hora is out tomorrow and you can pre-order it from Metal Blade Records. Follow Asinhell on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for future updates.

Photo courtesy of Brittany Bowman.

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