Origin: Netherlands  
Genres: Gothic Metal
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Last update/review: October 13, 2013

Asrai

Asrai represents another first for these pages -- there are a couple of bands that have featured twin guys, but this band is the first to feature twin girls, with the Mol sisters (vocalist Margriet and drummer Karin) the backbone of this Dutch band. Though their debut album was released in 1997, the band goes back many years before, indeed as far back as 1985 the sisters were playing in a band amusingly named Twins Not Twins. By 1988 a stable all-girl lineup stabilized and they switched to the more befitting name of Asrai ("small, fragile female beings who turn into a puddle of water when they are captured or exposed to light", so say the band themselves). A male guitarist eventually joined the band, and after eight years and several demos it was a one-guy, three-girl lineup that recorded As Voices Speak in 1997. More lineup changes ensued in the years that followed, eventually morphing into the present 3-girl, 2-guy quintet. Signing to Transmission Records (a label cornering the market of fine Dutch gothic bands, as they also feature After Forever and Epica), the 2004 album Touch In The Dark was released. Asrai is every bit as good as their aforementioned labelmates, with a slightly darker, more rock-oriented, less symphonic take on prime gothic metal, and Margriet's vocals are perfect for this style, clear and emotive. Highly recommended.

Current Members

Margriet Mol

vocals

Rik Janssen

guitars

Jett Dadswell

bass

Manon van der Hidde

keyboards

Karin Mol

drums

Former Members/Guests

Serge

guitars

Leah

bass

Martin Rooy

bass



Discography


As Voices Speak  
1997
  1. Pain
  2. As Voices Speak
  3. Burn
  4. Name
  5. Recall
  6. Rumours
  7. To Interfere
  8. A Part of You
  9. Light
  10. Something
  11. Burning Inside
  12. Mercy
  • Margriet Mol
  • Serge
  • Leah
  • Karin Mol



Touch In The Dark  
2004 Transmission
  1. In Front Of Me
  2. Pale Light
  3. Whisper
  4. Restless
  5. Touch In The Dark
  6. Tower
  7. Dream
  8. Child
  9. Garden
  10. Shadows
  • Margriet Mol
  • Rik Janssen
  • Martin Rooy
  • Manon van der Hidde
  • Karin Mol



Pearls In Dirt  
2007 Season Of Mist
  1. Delilah' Lie
  2. Your Hands So Cold
  3. Stay With Me
  4. Go
  5. Lost
  6. Something I Said
  7. Awaken
  8. Sour Ground
  9. Roses
  10. Chain Me



Between Dreams And Destiny  EP
2013
  1. Stone Cold
  2. Angel
  3. All Seems So Hllow
  4. Overworld
  5. Ghost
  6. Stone Cold (remix)
  • Margriet Mol
  • Rik Janssen
  • Jett Dadswell
  • Manon van der Hidde
  • Karin Mol




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