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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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4 stars My first impression is - it's so difficult to evaluate this album without bias and without favour.

You know, this is a terrific psychedelically symphonic progressive rock album, without any suspicion. Their sound approach is, maybe intentionally, the eclecticism of some distinguished manners established by British psychedelic rock outfits or heavy-symphonic ones. And the outstanding point is their wonderful composition - exactly as if a veteran storyteller can solemnly go ahead with dramatic fairy tale (divided into some parts) in the album from start to finish. On the contrary, not only I can feel there is so little novelty for the current progressive rock scene around 'bout you?

However, trust me, their eclecticism of various progressive essence should be absolutely well-balanced like a premium hyper-matured scotch whisky. North-European heavy symphonic, British psychedelic like Pink Floyd (especially the last track Beyond To Slight The Maze is, honestly I feel, like a copy of Echoes...but an awesome song!), stickily persistent repetitions with spacey spice like Hawkwind (without any speedy meteor stream sounds though) - these elements can come up and over around us like estery, fruity and spicy flavours in the whisky of fine quality.

I wanna say that, David Hurley's laid back drumming, sometimes sounding like of Alan White, might conquer the whole sounds and style. Dunno how everyone feels, but if he plays drums more heavily or strongly, ASTRA should be a stoner-psych band...if more weakly or lightly, they be a flabby ambient my humble opinion. At any rate, they are well-balanced as I've mentioned above - strongly emphasized.

Hope their next work will get more aggressive, more progressive, and more eccentric novelty. In this sense I do recommend ASTRA highly.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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