Asfast is the solo project of Leon Leder, vienna-based producer and composer, who is responsible for some of the most thrilling and mindblowing live-sets in his area. Asfast started as a moniker for Leon’s breakcore projects several years ago. Since the early days of Asfast, Leon has evolved his sound more and more into a direction, that embraces ambiance and calmer drum patterns. The efforts he made into changing his approach to music to a more contemporary, but also individual style can be heard in his early self-releases ‚moving. A Variation‘ and ‚WYSIWYG‘. After years of polishing his signature sounds and getting more comfortable in his new musically scenery, Leon Leder released his first Album called ‚Peace In Drifts‘ via Ventil-Records, which reflects the core of into what Asfast has emerged in recent years.
In his latest release ‚Altar‘, coming out via AMEN on March 30th 2018, Leon extends his exploration of refreshing audio-landscapes, drawn by sharp-edged synths and wistful melodies. Seeing his own body as an Altar, Asfast carefully crafted the fundament of his new EP, and carved his inner conflicts into the identity of his sound. Inspired by his fascination for the black metal scene in his youth, Asfast surely introduced us to his melancholic emotions in ‚Peace In Drifts‘ already, but the seemingly upflifting momentums of his album seem to get sucked into an inner conflict on Altar, creating a much more aggressive atmosphere, that can be felt in tracks like ‚Mnemosyne’s Lobotomy‘. Contrary to those impulsive moments, the calm before and after the storm is manifested in ‚Gapping‘ and ‚Higher Call‘, the opening and closing tracks ‚Geotrauma‘ and ‚Belly Piece‘ gorge the listener and throw them into the spiritual realm Asfast’s ‚Altar‘ is creating; the reflection of his emotionally violent conflicts, which forge his paradise and hell at the same time.