Most of you will probably know Peter Baltes from his time in the legendary German metal band Accept, where he spent 42 years as a key songwriter and the bassist for the band. Peter left Accept in 2018 and is now part of a new power metal band called Ashrain, featuring Japanese guitarist and producer Nozomu Wakai.
In this interview, Peter talks candidly about the reasons he left Accept, and how he met guitarist Nozomu Wakai and got involved with Ashrain. He also talks about a very special bass, the importance of family, and the thing that tops his bucket list.
Ashrain has a full-length album called Requiem Reloaded coming out April 14, 2023 on Metalville Records.
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Hello everyone! My name is Scott Itter, but some know me as Dr. Music. I am a music journalist and photographer out of the Chicagoland area, and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I grew up in the 70’s with two big brothers that showed me all kinds of rock and roll. As I grew older I ventured out into different genres like jazz, funk, folk, and whatever else I could wrap my ears around. As I read every liner note and every Circus and Hit Parader like they were the Old and New Testament, I came to realize that I just love sound and appreciate all the people that create it.
I later became a stay-at-home dad and started honing my writing and photography skills to keep my mind from turning into mashed peas. My kids are now adults, my mind is only slightly mushy, and I am thrilled to have the honor of presenting my work to you!