We had the extreme pleasure of talking with legendary bassist PETER BALTES about his new band ASHRAIN, you can read our review of their new album HERE.
Peter has recently joined up with his old pal Udo Dirkschneider in U.D.O. and he has a lot to say about leaving Wolf Hoffman and ACCEPT and joining forces with his former singer.
Peter seems to have no plans on slowing down and you can catch him on tour with U.D.O. and hopefully ASHRAIN in the future.
ASHRAIN is a newly formed power metal band, founded by guitarist and producer Nozomu Wakai (Destinia / Shortino / Sigh). Nozomu as Destinia released an album titled Metal Souls in 2018, featuring the likes of Tommy Aldridge, Marco Mendoza, and Ronnie Romero. He also worked with Paul Shortino and his band Shortino, and was also featured on the latest Alcatrazz album. In addition, Nozumu has worked as a guitarist for the well-known Japanese black metal band Sigh and has performed at festivals such as Brutal Assault 2022 and Candelabrum (Mexico) 2022.
In 2020, Nozomu began recording new material with his long-time friend Peter Baltes (ex-Accept). They were later joined by Iuri Sanson (ex-Hibria) and Andy C (ex-Lords of Black). ASHRAIN was born, and the strong debut Requiem Reloaded was completed. The album was mixed by Simone Mularoni (DGM) at Domination Studio. It also features Elyes Bouchoucha (Myrath) as guest keyboardist. Requiem Reloaded presents beautiful, impressive melodies, guitars with bite, and a fat bass – everything that good power metal needs!
Iuri Sanson – vocals
Nozomu Wakai – guitar
Peter Baltes – bass
Andy C – drums