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ASTRALIS

Neo-Prog • Chile


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- Astralis is a new Chilean progrock band, rooted in 1999. The musical brainchild is guitarist and singer Patricio Vera-Pinto who also composed the six tracks. It lasted until 2006 before Astralis released their debut entitled Bienvenida Al Interior. The music is scouting the borders between symphonic - and neo-prog with the emphasis on the latter genre, especially the early MARILLION and PENDRAGON fans will be pleased.
- The varied, modern sounding keyboard work is wonderful and the guitarplay powerful, often very moving. The Spanish vocals sound warm, it is a pleasant Latin-American flavor on this beautiful album by the promising Chilean progrock band Astralis.





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Discography:
- Bienvenida Al Interior (2006)

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3.66 | 13 ratings
Bienvenida Al Interior
2006
3.49 | 11 ratings
Voces Del Bosque
2009
3.33 | 6 ratings
Fantasía de Invierno
2013

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 Voces Del Bosque by ASTRALIS album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.49 | 11 ratings

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Voces Del Bosque
Astralis Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Fast forward in 2009 Astralis, having produced some noise around their name with ''Bienvenida al interior'', release their second album ''Voces del bosque''.As with their debut the album was exclusively recorded at the band's own studio in Santiago de Chile, this time though with a new keyboardist, as Mauricio Gaggero had took over the duties in the place of Juan Pablo Gaete.''Voces del bosque'' was delivered through Mylodon Records and once more the compositions were all credited to the band's leader Patricio Vera-Pinto.

The style has not changed dramatically.It is a somewhat less symphonic and more atmospheric Neo Prog effort with downtempo arrangements offered through six long compositions with Vera-Pinto's guitar work in evidence and nice keyboard colors supporting.With links to the emphatic Polish Prog stylings and notable references to the sound of PENDRAGON, PALLAS and MARILLION, ''Voces del bosque'' explores the more accesible territories of Neo Prog with expressive vocals, strong guitar solos, bombastic riffs and striking melodies as its leading characreristics, while the more minimalistic guitar textures seem to have also a slight FLOYD-ian flavor.An excellent production supports the rich sound of Astralis and the synthesizers of Gaggero have also plenty to offer, from MARK KELLY-like floating solos to more grandiose and cinematic soundscapes.The complaint comes from some quite stretched minimalistic passages with a spacey atmosphere, led either by keyboards or guitar distortions, where the band seems to have lost its inspiration.

''Voces del bosque'' is not a masterpiece, propably it is even slightly worse than Astralis' debut.But the mass of memorable riffing, melodic solos and well-refined retro influences mark this as a quite promising release.Recommended.

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3.49 | 11 ratings

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Voces Del Bosque
Astralis Neo-Prog

Review by robbob

4 stars Well my new review for an Astralis album.

I could catch a copy- that i will delete -from this album at the web.

I ,ve listened to it several times. I must say this album is quite better than Astralis first one.

I found the first one not original because in Chile there is a basis of folk and rock to be influence of an original piece of work.

And that is what happened in this one.

Musicians forgot the so typical influences of Pendragon and Marillion(the masters of neo prog) and they went to some original folk prog simmilar to the Jaivas and other Chile,s folk music but with a little influence (i think) of Italian symph prog bands as Le Orme. I must say vocals are very similar from Le Orme,s vocalist.

A good,well played..with nice arrangements album. Good musicians and good music of course.

4 stars

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 Bienvenida Al Interior  by ASTRALIS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.66 | 13 ratings

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Bienvenida Al Interior
Astralis Neo-Prog

Review by debrewguy
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3 stars To start off - Bienvenida Al Interior - the beginning melody reminds me of Chicago's - Saturday in the Park. Just the part of the lyrics - Saturday .. in the Park, I think it was the fourth of July. Then comes a heavier guitar part that recalls Joe Satriani's album Surfing with the Alien Surfer, and a return to the early melody, although it doesn't bring the song to a right finish.

As we move on, the Satriani thing sticks in my mind. As if Satch has set up a Neo band and recycled some of his musical ideas from the Surfing & Flying in a Blue Dream albums. The difference being that he'd reined in the shred guitar.

As we come to Doble Arcoiris, I thought for sure I'd heard the melody in a pop song ( a good one, btw). It eventually come to me - it's similar to the chorus parts on Klaatu's Little Neutrino. But I'm still wondering why I think where I heard a pop song that sounds like this. I thought of some mellow Beatles Lennon tracks, but nothing clicks so far.

Bajo El Domo De Cristal is an encapsulation of the album. The Neo sounds, with its' AOR and modern pop sensibilities, the melodic Satriani guitar fills & solos, and the synths washes & backing all come together as a summary of the sounds found herein.

Kinnara ends the album and could well have a fit on any number or latter day Marillion albums.

All in all, a decent album. Not one that will grace my CD player too often, but not one that made me grab the remote to skip sections or songs when I replayed it.

Nice, but not necessary. If you liked Fragil's Avenida Larco, but would prefer a more Neo, or SYmphonic sound along with the pop sensibilities, though, this could be a worthy investment.

postcript - towards the end of Kinnara, I swear I thought they were about to play the opening riff from the Scorpions "Animal Magnetism".

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Bienvenida Al Interior
Astralis Neo-Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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4 stars This debut album though is rather encouraging. The melodic music played by this South American band is quite personal even if during some passionate guitar breaks, the influence of Nick Barrett is definite. Still, the band is original enough and doesn't abuse from any too obvious filiation (''Bienvenida Al Interior'').

Of course, some might say (accordingly) that the intro for ''Nocturno Urbano'' has some Floydian relations, but it doesn't last for long actually. As soon as the vocals start, some sort of gloomy feeling surrounds you. It is mostly due to the scary mood that Patricio Vera Pinto is putting into his vocals (which aren't too many here). This is a very oppressive track (and the few lyrics are also going into this direction). A highlight IMO.

''Noventa y Nueve'' is again a long song which mixes several musical influences: neo-prog, symphonic music and a harder edge. Still, the band uses the latter scarcely. It features great synthesizers and a powerful riff to start, and then all of the sudden, it turns into a wonderful and symphonic part. Vocals are again excellent and what to say about the guitar work?

Their leader (vocals and guitar) Patricio seems to be well known on the Chilean rock scene for quite a while (the late seventies according their site); so there is no wonder that he feels at ease here. ''Astralis'' also started to play as soon as 1999 which corresponds to the title of this wonderful song (''Noventa Y Nueve''). But I don't know if there are any relation. It is another highlight.

There are few to none weak pieces on this album. The ballad ''Doble Arcoiris'' is maybe a bit behind but a rather peaceful and enjoyable track as well. ''Bajo El Domo De Cristal'' is probably the track with the best vocals. I really like like the style: a perfect elocution but at the same time he doesn't seem to exagerate his work (as some Spanish singers tend to do: Ñu'', ''Triana''). The middle instrumental part is ''Yes'' oriented (''Awaken'') and introduces the closing section in the best manner. Do I need to add that the guitar solo is splendid? Probably not: it goes without saying by now.

The most symphonic and beautiful track from this album is the long closing number ''Kinnara''. It is so melodic, so brilliantly interpreted: both vocally and musically. It is a sumptuous song which should please most prog lovers (symphonic, neo-prog and Italian ones). Again, the work from Patricio is outstanding even if his improvisation was probably not necessary.

This band is quite a surprise, believe me. It definitely deserves your attention and I hope that they will release a follow-up to this very good debut album. Four solid stars without hesitation. Thank you Erik for the addition.

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 Bienvenida Al Interior  by ASTRALIS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.66 | 13 ratings

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Bienvenida Al Interior
Astralis Neo-Prog

Review by robbob

3 stars I had the opportunity to hear this album(twice) at the house of a friend in Chile.

Well a good effort here. I think this album does not offer a very important improving in neo prog or in progressive rock in general. A quite boring album i must say. Vocals are not very pleasant to hear(like a bad imitation of Le Orme vocalist).

Influences of Le Orme,Pendragon,Nexus.

The sound isn,t very good. I don,t know if the music putted the keyboards in a very second place or the keyboardist is imitated,but i think a good neo prog band requires a very good keyboardist.

3 stars

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Astralis Neo-Prog

Review by spacefolk

4 stars The very good beginning for Astralis. I'm impressed by the feeling which comes out again from each of compositions and the guitar has a lot to do supported of a nice manner by majestic keyboards there. The rhythmic section is also very efficient. As for singing in the language of the country, I appreciate it greatly. In summary, Bienvenida Al Interior is a very good purchase proves to be. I recommand it.

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Astralis Neo-Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A BIG HAND FOR THE NEW LATIN-AMERICAN PROG, PART ONE!!

This is the debut CD by Chilean four piece band, I hope they will release many more, what a beautiful, often compelling music! I would like to analyse this album song-by-song.

Bienvenida Al Interior : A melodic and alternating sound featuring pleasant and modern keyboards, propulsive guitar riffs, howling guitar, warm Spanish vocals and lost of shifting moods. A great start, gentlemen!

Nocturno Urbano : After a spacey intro the atmosphere changes into a kind of 'symphonic blues' with moving guitarwork (like Nick Barrett from Pendragon), this in combination with 'choir-Mellotron-like keyboards' carries me away to Progheaven.

Novento Y Nueve : This long track (12 minutes) contains lots of variety, strong play on guitar and keyboards and inspired vocals, the music often reminds me of early Marillion, this is neo-prog at its best!

Doble Arcoiris : After a spacey synthesizer intro and fragile guitar with soaring keyboards, a slow rhythm with piano and synthesizer solo follows but this song is build upon the wonderful, often moving guitar play, goose bumps.

Bajo El Domo De Cristal : Another composition with lots of shifting moods, I am delighted about the beautiful, very moving guitar solo and a captivating break with an impressive church-organ sound.

Kinnara : This final track (10 minutes) contains in the first part a blend of dreamy parts with soaring keyboards and sumptuous pieces with sparkling piano and sensitive guitar. Then we can enjoy a Brian May inspired guitar interlude with echo and fiery runs, culminating in a final part featuring an up-tempo with flashy keyboards and propulsive guitar.

This CD is highy recommended to all early Marillion and Pendragon freaks, what a wonderful and moving neo-prog album!



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