Press Release 04.03.2011
Norway’s Prog sensation is back with new name ABOVE SYMMETRY
Over one year ago, five young musicians from Skien, Norway, made a very impressive entrance into the Metal World with their debut album “Ripples”, released under the band name ‘Aspera’ by no one less than Progressive top label InsideOutMusic. Media across the globe replied positively with numerous excellent reviews for “Ripples” throughout 2010 and the band built up a great following, not only in their home country. Unfortunately the promotion activities and consequently also the coming live plans had to take a break, when it turned out that the band was in need to change its name due to unforeseen technical reasons. Anyhow, the transition is done: They will be now known as ABOVE SYMMETRY and we can now finally present you the launch of the re-release version of the acclaimed “Ripples” album (including 3 special additional audio tracks and a video clip enhancement as bonus), out on April 25th, 2011 all over Europe.
It is every band’s nightmare to change their name and start all over again. “It’s just one of those things,” says ABOVE SYMMETRY singer Atle Pettersen, “but it’s not something that we’re going to let get to us, or to detract from what we do. It’s unfortunate, yes, because we were doing so well under our previous name, getting such good reviews and things, but you’ve just got to shrug your shoulders and carry on. It’s the same band with the same musicians – all that’s changed is the name. And at the end of the day it’s our music that counts!”
In the meantime and while things seemed rather silent for the five-piece group, the band’s energetic front man had entered the “X Factor Norway” TV show / contest, which was broadcasted with large national buzz in the end of 2010. Despite the massive amount of competition in talent shows such as this, Atle was runner-up on the show’s finals, a testament to what a great singer and performer he is. “I never expected to do so well,” he commented after the results were announced. “It’s been a lot of hard work but a lot of fun though, and the publicity surrounding the show has also been helpful in raising the band’s profile in our home country.”
With this perspective, and more interesting news to come soon, it looks like 2011 is shaping up to be a busy year for ABOVE SYMMETRY…at last!