Astronoid
Air


4.0
excellent

Review

by DungeonBoy USER (6 Reviews)
June 16th, 2016 | 120 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An ethereal and uplifting listening experience, pairing perfectly with the album’s namesake and cover art.

After two short EPs, Massachusetts’ Astronoid have released their debut LP, Air, on Blood Music. Weaving together a myriad of styles including, post-rock, shoegaze, and black metal, these self-proclaimed “Dream Thrash(ers)” have concocted a tasteful blend of musical genres. The result is an ethereal and uplifting listening experience, pairing perfectly with the album’s namesake and cover art.

The album kicks off with a straightforward melodic post-rock build, drenched in delay and reverb, which is quickly greeted with pounding percussion and saturated guitars. Like a spring breeze, the soaring clean vocals ease their way into the mix and introduce the listener to the weightlessness of Air. The drums kick into double bass, the guitars begin their hypnotic riffing, but the soaring feeling remains ever present. Throughout the entirety of Air, uplifting melodies carry the music in and out of several dynamic shifts. The harmony of blast beats and tremolo riffs, are intertwined with more subdued drumming and hypnotic guitar builds. Above all, however, are the vocals hovering like a cloud amidst the reverie.

It would be a disservice to Astronoid to label them as just another “blackgaze” band. While they share a lot in common with similar acts, such as Deafheaven, the subtle musical variety and fantastic song writing set them apart from their peers. At times the vocals sound like something you’d expect to hear from Circa Survive while other parts are reminiscent of latter day Anathema. There are guitar riffs that could have been written by Scale the Summit and others that would pleasantly sit alongside Van Halen. Astronoid manage to blend all of these ideas into a cohesive 50 minute experience that manages to never stray far away from their distinct sound.

With Air, Astronoid have crafted the kind of album that can be enjoyed actively, due to its intricate nuances, or passively due to its hypnotic, dreamlike allure. By masterfully blending a variety of styles into an overall interconnected sound, Astronoid have made their sound difficult to label, and have produced an album worth checking out for anyone who enjoys progressive music.



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DungeonBoy
June 16th 2016


3228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://blood-music.bandcamp.com/album/air

Album is streaming and pay what you want on Bandcamp.

Digging: Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper

DungeonBoy
June 16th 2016


3228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks bro, I'll fix that.

bnelso55
June 16th 2016


1257 Comments


Good work on the review, Dungeon! I haven't heard anything from these guys, so I'll be sure to check this out.

DungeonBoy
June 16th 2016


3228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man! This is a little outside my musical norm, but I find something very appealing about this album. It's a nice break from all the minor.

parksungjoon
June 16th 2016


5382 Comments


cool

this is much better than deafheaven though

parksungjoon
June 16th 2016


5382 Comments


i'm not too keen on deafheaven becoming the go-to comparison for blackgaze either but w/e

DarkNoctus
June 16th 2016


10075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album really is something

parksungjoon
June 16th 2016


5382 Comments


noctus m/

DungeonBoy
June 16th 2016


3228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"i'm not too keen on deafheaven becoming the go-to comparison for blackgaze either but w/e"

Nor am I, but they have managed to establish themselves as one of the more popular references.

parksungjoon
June 16th 2016


5382 Comments


idk it just feels counterproductive to compare other, better bands to one of the safest and blandest around.

i don't mind deafheaven but they're just ok

DungeonBoy
June 16th 2016


3228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree they are just ok, which is why I made a point to mention that "the subtle musical variety and fantastic song writing set them apart from their peers" with the intention of indicating that a certain similar band is lacking.

parksungjoon
June 16th 2016


5382 Comments


pos'd btw

DungeonBoy
June 16th 2016


3228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks bro, we're on the same page.

parksungjoon
June 16th 2016


5382 Comments


dream thrash might still be one of the dumbest things i've ever heard, at least considering this sounds nothing like thrash in any way

but i like this band

zaruyache
June 16th 2016


17914 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

this is like voivod with cleans wtf u talkin bout

parksungjoon
June 16th 2016


5382 Comments


this sounds nothing like voivod at all are you insane

i do prefer their gaze stuff very heavily over this tho

zaruyache
June 16th 2016


17914 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

dont try me bro i know thrash just czech my pie chart

parksungjoon
June 16th 2016


5382 Comments


cmon

PortalofPerfection
June 16th 2016


1991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gotta get on this. Low score from OvDeath pretty much guarantees I'll like it.

zaruyache
June 16th 2016


17914 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

if you like the idea of Lantlos with blastbeats and Wonder Years riffs, this should be right up your alley ;-)



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