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Astralia

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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3.05 | 4 ratings | 2 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Connected (4:12) (instrumental)
2. Dedalo's Torment (7:14)
3. Signals From the Unconscious (6:04)
4. The Conquest (9:10)
5. Genesis Doubt (6:17)
6. Vagrant Thought (5:25)
7. Breaking the Silence (6:41)
8. The Arrival - Part 1 & Part 2 (7:18)

Total Time: 52:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Stefano Borga / lead & backing vocals, flute
- Dario Andreella / keyboards, trumpet & whistle, backing vocals
- Giovanni Binato / electric & acoustic guitars
- Riccardo Lorriggiola / bass guitars & stick
- Massimo Loriggiola / drums & percussion

Releases information

CD Mellow Records MMP 374 (2000)

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3.05
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
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Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars ASTRALIA are a band from Italy and this is their first record, a concept album about an old sage named Rabin who travels to this planet called Astralia.The songs deal with different subjects as Rabin journeys through this beautiful world with it's special music.The band compare their music to RUSH, QUEENSRYCHE and KING CRIMSON on their web-site. It is quite heavy at times with lots of guitar and drums, but there is a spacey element that constantly appears, and even a Neo flavour that is probably more to do with the singers vocals sounding somewhat like Peter Nichols from IQ.

"Connected" is the only instrumental and my favourite track. It opens with some sampling before a guitar melody arrives and some chunky bass. Actually the bass absolutely dominates the first two songs. Amazing ! It can be heard in a limited way in the third song before taking a back seat the rest of the way. There are some blazing guitar solos that come and go on this first song that has a spacey ending. "Dedalo's Torment" deals with difficult father and son relationships. The spacey atmosphere from the first song blends into the start of this one. Vocals and heavy bass come in. It really kicks in after a minute. Oh,yeah ! The climate changes a lot in this song but the bass is so prominant and the heavy passages are great. "Signals From the Unconscious" deals with the topic of dreams being a mind trip. There is singing and speaking in this very average tune.

"The Conquest" is about searching for self confidence and is the longest track. Another spacey intro changes to a catchy beat with pulsating keys and some beautiful flute. There is some soaring guitar and passionate vocals as well. Lots of spacey synths to end it. "Genesis Doubt" opens with piano and becomes bombastic with some fusion like guitar. The heaviness comes and goes."Vagrant Thought" is all about the Nichols sounding vocals and heavy guitar. "Breaking the Silence" is about troubled relationships. The metal-like intro is fantastic. Lots of terrific organ in this one. "The Arrival-Part 1&2" opens with the sound of a party going on before we are treated to some beautiful acoustic guitar melodies, reserved vocals and flute. Part 2 starts almost 5 minutes in and consists of a lot of spacey synths.

I really liked some of these songs,and loved some of the heavy guitar driven passages. Not quite enough here in my opinion to warrant 4 stars though, but a good debut nonetheless.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars From Padova hails this Italian group, formed in 1999 and built around brothers Riccardo Loriggiola (bass) and Massimo Loriggiola (drums).In chronological order they were joined by singer Stefano Borga (with whom the brothers had worked together in a prog cover band), guitarist Giovanni Binato and keyboardist Dario Andreella.No time was lost, as Astralia entered the recording rooms to work on their debut with the support of Mellow Records, finally released after two months of sessions in late 2000 under the title ''Connected''.

Based on a semi-sci fi concept around a wise old man and his journey to the imaginery planet of Astralia, where dreams become the reality, the album explores the gounds of both contemporary and vintage Progressive Rock, passing through spacey themes, intense lyrical moments, instant melodies and heavier, modern-styled grooves.PORCUPINE TREE meet IQ?Maybe this description should do it, as Astralia's patterns contain constant changes between harder, slightly psychedelic parts with edgy guitars and modern sound distortions and old-fashioned Neo/Symphonic Progressive Rock with Borga's voice sounding extremely close to PETE NICHOLS' color, not to mention some lovely guitar melodies and the long, elaborate synth soundscapes of Andreella.Moreover the production and the rhythm section recalls strongly IQ's very early works and some songs contains bits of flute work.Inspirations do not step here.Heavy doses of organ along with more spacey movements remind clearly of monsters of the past like GENESIS and HAWKWIND and the blend by the group eventually works extremely well.A variety of climates should close the soundpicture.From ethereal and sensitive moods and more cosmic territories to powerful musicianship and contemporary stylings, ''Connected'' has a nice and diverse sound all the way.

This album should not be lost and forgotten as many other works that were not fairly promoted.A good example of Progressive Rock music, that scans many different music styles and ages of prog history.Warmly recommended.

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