Astronoid
Radiant Bloom


3.0
good

Review

by pizzamachine USER (625 Reviews)
June 28th, 2022 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Astrogaze?

The first track seemed promising - immediate and rewarding with glimmering melodies. As the track escalated in loudness, it seemed to promise a bright, anthemic post-rock album with an ear for hooks. The second track then popped on and immediately doused my excitement. Astronoid’s variety of sound reeks of a one-trick pony, revealing a band past its expiration date. On top of weak choruses bringing the album down, Brett Boland is content with singing notes accurately and nothing more. His performance is dull and lifeless, melted into the melodic backdrop, but not powerful enough to be worthy of frontman status. The singer sounds like a Deftones wannabe that lacks charm, but also like an incredibly average post-hardcore singer.

The melodic sheen of the guitar is stunning, and the drums push songs forward with blastbeats, double bass pedals, and pop-punk style aggression. Immersion should be easily attainable with this soundscape, it should whisk us outside the Earth’s atmosphere, but the songwriting and vocalist keep us tethered to the ground. The songs are pretty enough but not catchy enough to leave a lasting impression - they enter one ear and leave shortly after. Vocal hooks/melodies can make a memorable album, yet the singer persistently sings robotically. Like nuance is absent in the vocals, so does the album play out, with a lack of memorable moments and hooks.

Whether you would call this nu-gaze, shoegaze, alternative rock, post rock/metal, or blackened pop-punk (please don’t do that), none of that matters. Radiant Bloom is a faceless black hole of personality, sounding like a band you’re nostalgic of, but now consider below average. Glossy production can’t hide the weak songwriting, and the disappointment that each song is the same as the last, with another forgotten chorus and guitar fog. Different drum patterns are really the only thing to look forward to.

Despite my gripes, Astronoid’s latest offers summery vibes and pleasant melodic streams. The sugarcoated riffs sound great, and the drum work is constantly stirring. The sleekly polished, auto-tuned vocals may not stand out, but they at least match the shimmering glint of the guitars. But the problem persists, that a lack of standout tracks and hooks greatly hinders the album. It never reaches the level of excitement it could - sure it produces a shiny soundscape - but they could do so much more.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pizzamachine
June 28th 2022


27017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Astronoid.

SitarHero
June 28th 2022


14697 Comments


Solid review. Pos.

"revealing a band past its expiry date"

I don't know if this is a British English v American English thing, but I think that should read "expiration date".

Purpl3Spartan
June 28th 2022


8461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos

Sowing
Moderator
June 28th 2022


43941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I didn't like this nearly as much as their previous LP. Every song sounds the same.

pizzamachine
June 28th 2022


27017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks guys. I’ll switch it to expiration date, might as well.



Ditto Sowing.

bloc
June 28th 2022


69947 Comments


I enjoyed this

pizzamachine
June 28th 2022


27017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It’s okay.

TheSpirit
Emeritus
June 28th 2022


30304 Comments


Nice review. This band sucks.

pizzamachine
June 28th 2022


27017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah I guess they do

SitarHero
June 29th 2022


14697 Comments


Swap out the vocals for some black metal screeches and everyone would be fapping themselves senseless over this band.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2022


32015 Comments


They had thunder in a bottle on the debut but they had become incredibly boring and bland.

luci
July 1st 2022


12844 Comments


nah that album blows too. they've never been good

DarkNoctus
July 2nd 2022


12200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"I didn't like this nearly as much as their previous LP. Every song sounds the same."



with you on this one. i'm unashamedly in love with their first two records - they offered a lot of variety along with a sound very specific to them. this album is just so dull by comparison. it's fine to throw on if you want background music i guess?

pizzamachine
July 2nd 2022


27017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is absolutely background music for when you’re half paying attention.

Mongi123
July 2nd 2022


22034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hmm sitar idk about that. Not everyone can be Alcest.

pizzamachine
July 2nd 2022


27017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Might be pretty cool tbh.

Zac124
July 5th 2022


2606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually quite enjoyed this on first listen. You do make very good points though. Great review!

BrushedRed
July 14th 2022


3556 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

As a shoegazer, I’ve always thought they were weak and not really shoegaze

pizzamachine
July 14th 2022


27017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They are the great pretender

DungeonBoy
July 14th 2022


9693 Comments


Air was enjoyable when it was released, but can't say I enjoy it so much these days. The s/t totally fell flat for me, and I have very low expectations for this, if I ever get around to checking it out



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