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Asterisk* (or “a*” as they have been called occasionally) was formed in Umeå, northern Sweden out of pure boredom in the autumn of 99 (possibly the only grindcore band ever to arise from that area). The participants were fed up with (slow) punk and metal bands and seemed to want to create something
new while still playing as fast as they possibly could. Influences frequently named by the band were Slayer, Ruins and minimalist composer Arnold Dreyblatt.

The three members of the band (often named as the pseudonyms “angel”, “beetle” and “rose”, which are all connected to tattoos) shared a love for philosophy, video games and “flubber” riffs (an own
invention, listen to the song “Silver (Bullet) Bible” for references). Asterisk* started their career with an LP (Dogma I) in 2000, then made a split 7” (Dogma II) with Nasum and a split 10” (Dogma III) with Jenny
Piccolo in early 2001. Asterisk* also appeared on some more or less hilarious compilations during these two years. Live performances however, were very rare and the band never went on tour or played out of the northern region of Sweden. The vinyl releases were all inspired lyrically by specific
themes such as the effort of human speech, French philosophy and angels.

In 2002 the band slipped into hiatus and it is very unclear at this point if the band ever will continue to make music.


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