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AD ASTRA

Symphonic Prog • United States


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Founded in Fort Walton Beach, USA in 2008

Chris and Doug began their musical journey as multi-instumentalist members of the praise band at Immanuel Anglican Church in Destin Florida. Finding that they had similar yet complimentary tastes in music and a passion for recording technology, they set out to test the waters as it were. They quickly found a musical haven in the small but growing international Christian Progressive Rock scene. Chris' song 'Angle Of Repose' was included on the 2008 compilation CPR 3 and featured then percussionist and member Mitch Rall as well as ex-Kansas bassist Dave Hope. Rounding out the line up was lead guitarist Steve Spayde and drummer Bill Tumlin. Ad Astra's debut CD 'Beyond Our Bounds' fared well and put the small prog outfit on the map. Ad Astra's sophomore release 'Surface Of Last Scattering' with a stellar line-up of guest musicians was released in 2014.

Bio courtesy of the band with slight modification by southsideofthesky.

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4.25 | 4 ratings
Beyond Our Bounds
2008
3.92 | 9 ratings
Surface Of Last Scattering
2014

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 Surface Of Last Scattering by AD ASTRA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.92 | 9 ratings

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Review by Second Endeavour

4 stars In substance, AD ASTRA is confirmed by partnership of Doug Bowers (lead vocals, keys, guitars, drums) and Christopher Flynn (6 & 12 string guitars, backing/harmony vox). For their second CD, a founding duo enlisted the support from Henry Jablonski (b/v, bass), Chuck Tidwell (guitar), Mitch Rall (percussion), Jeremy Ribando (operatic voice). This collective focus their talents on recreating the magical flavour of the Golden 70's era. Occasionally we can hear the obscure tinges to Fantasy, Uriah Heep, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Camel, Atomic Rooster, Paladin etc. Despite that, the new record of Ad Astra possesses its own character. What do you assume to find on the disk? There are multi-layered keyboard tapestries amid hard guitar riffs, mingled to crisp rhythm section. The emotionally charged singing compliments masterly instrumental arrangements. The spiritual lyrics provide a special feel. Everything sounds deep, and the further you dig the more addictive. The opening track, 'Surface Of Last Scattering', is a rite of passage for the album's name. Contrasting factors move from the gentle piano playing to mid-paced rock, from complex hooks to soft, placid pieces. Next up, 'Lament', is also profound chapter which holds a plenty of distinctive merits. Accessible melodies and rhythm changes are nicely fitted in composition. Subsequently, a trilogy suite ''Cradle to Grave to Life' continues the journey in challenging path. At over 21 minutes, this epic is comprised of 'Grief' / 'Recognition' / 'Redemption', where different parts segue into each other; and it's difficult to tell which one is the most impressive. They all romp through the musical landscape flawlessly, without resorting to cliche or pastiche. Then things settle down into a pastoral atmosphere, to mesmerize you. Just close your eyes and pretend that 'A Gift Of Peace' is a lost Genesis collectible (circa Anthony Phillips time). Sheer excellence! The album finishes off in a terrific way with 'Pathways.' The compelling presentation builds up into a proper farewell... And now I'm ready to give you only one advice: buy this excellent prog-release.
 Surface Of Last Scattering by AD ASTRA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.92 | 9 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars US project AD ASTRA first appeared with "Beyond Our Bounds" in 2008, and in 2014 their second album "Surface of Last Scattering" appeared on Bandcamp. One year later the CD edition of the latter was released through the fledgling label Three in One Records.

Those who tend to enjoy a band exploring symphonic progressive rock with a firm emphasis on the keyboards being the main instrument should find a lot to enjoy on this album. The opening title track is arguably the most impressive here, so those who desire to check out the album can start with that cut and if it appeals, then the album should be a safe acquisition, one to take note of for all fans of vintage era symphonic progressive rock.

Thanks to southsideofthesky for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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