Skip to main content

Featured Post

Game Of Thrones Season 8 - End Game With Sinhala Subtitles



Astronoid - Astronoid Music Album Reviews

On their second album, these metallurgists again find an awesome intersection of black metal pummel and shoegaze luster—then remain there, in its thrall.

The self-titled second album from Boston’s Astronoid begins, boldly, with a song called “A New Color.” But if you have heard Deafheaven’s Sunbather and Boris’ Pink or even simply seen their covers, this a familiar hue, where black metal and neon shoegaze converge in a brilliant Belt of Venus. As the double kick drums shudder beneath comet trails of processed guitars, certain expectations emerge for the vocals—something harsh and demonic, signifying the atrocity inside the eerie mist. But Brett Boland is actually the exact opposite, his choirboy keen providing the unearthly glow of a Mew or Sigur Rós record. Hearing Boland in the context of Astronoid’s laser-lit blackgaze is unsettling but awesome, like witnessing a hailstorm in daylight. But this excellent first impression is the only one Astronoid really make.

That same wow factor propelled Astronoid’s 2016 debut, Air, too, putting the band squarely on the softer, more approachable side of Deafheaven, Vattnet Viskar, and Alcest. If there were a nagging sense that Air didn’t convey much beyond the awestruck innocence gleaned from hearing any one minute of their music, it didn’t matter—Astronoid had already presented familiar elements in a completely new way, and things like “craft” and “nuance” are reserved as talking points for second albums, anyway.

But Astronoid pull the same tricks over and over again for these 47 minutes, too. It’s a curious case of expansive-sounding metal best suited for 30-second streaming previews. Catch anything here at the right moment—the old-school guitar heroism of “A New Color,” or Boland howling “I’ll be fine” ahead of a blast-beat torrent on the chorus of “I Dream in Lines”—and it likely scans as transcendent. If Astronoid lopped a minute or two from these five- or six-minute songs, they might land as a posi-vibes pop-metal band. If they added a minute or two here or there by digging a bit more deeply into their occasional prog-metal overtures or sludge redirections, Astronoid could be a formidable psych-metal act fit for, say, Desert Daze, their overdriven guitars and generous harmonics practically radiant.

As it stands, Astronoid is a weirdly static, even tedious affair. The moments of triumph appear without any resistance, leaving “I Dream in Lines” and “A New Color” as satisfying as playing a beautifully rendered video game at the lowest difficulty level. Boland’s vocals are unlike much else in metal right now but also too much like himself, without much motion or versatility. The band applies the same blinding sheen to Bolan’s vocals and every single instrument for every single song and every single second. And while cycling among stock images of falling through dark skies or considering faded pictures like Robert Smith at his most Mad-Libbed, Boland sings almost exclusively in stock rhyme schemes—“Victim of another year/I don’t know who shed a tear/I remember dear,” goes one emblematic sequence. Occasionally, the Eurovision gloss on Boland’s vocals underscores the bizarre Babel Fish syntax: “I want the fun afar/I’m not a friend/I’ll say again.” These songs resemble a jelly donut—break the fragile crust, only to find an even more cloying, airy sweetness inside.

Astronoid operate with a total lack of cynicism, so their spirit and candor make them harder to dismiss than a mere genre novelty. But this is an intended crossover album that glimmers like fool’s gold. The final words of Astronoid unwittingly become its most stinging critique: “The joke’s on us/We’re unaware/We’re all caught up/With nothing there.” At least it shimmers from a distance.

View the original article here


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

Samsung Galaxy Buds Review

Samsung has introduced a new pair of wireless earbuds with various upgrades including wireless charging. Find out what we make of the Galaxy Buds in our full review.
Should I Buy The Samsung Galaxy Buds?
The Galaxy Buds are solidly good wireless earbuds with comfortable design and reasonable sound quality for an affordable price.
Samsung has added some nice features here like Ambient Sound, but there are also cost cutting measures and iPhone owners will want to avoid considering these as an AirPods alternative.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Hands-On Preview

Niantic has used the tech behind its hugely successful Pokémon Go to bring witches and wizards a new game that they’re going to be obsessed with.
Should I Buy Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is more than just Pokémon Go with magic. It brings gameplay elements that you'll know and love if you're a Pokémon Go fan together with new and exciting features designed exclusively for this new game to bring the Wizarding World to life.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Review

A mid-range phone with triple rear cameras is a rare thing, especially at under £300 but the Galaxy A7 isn't an instant winner. Find out why in our full review.
Should I Buy The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)? The Galaxy A7 is a decent choice for a mid-range phone if you're looking to spend less than £300. Highlights include an excellent screen, nice design and cameras you'd wouldn't expect to find.
However, unless you're going to use the wide-angle lens a lot there are some strong rivals out there like the Moto G7 Plus and Honor Play.

Amazon Lord Of The Rings TV Show Latest News

Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series has been quiet on the news front for the past few months but we're starting to some details emerge for the highly anticipated show.
For most of the past decade, TV producers have been desperate to find ‘the next Game of Thrones’, and now Amazon apparently reckons it’s found it: Lord of the Rings.

2019 Toyota Mirai Review

Water is the only emissionComfortable interiorGood rangeGood lease dealsDISLIKES
Not very attractiveNot powerfulOnly appeals to a small number of buyersProhibitively expensive to buyThe 2019 Toyota Mirai hydrogen-powered sedan is the other, other option for green drivers—albeit a very small number of green drivers.
The 2019 Toyota Mirai is a hydrogen-powered sedan sold in very small numbers in Northern and Southern California and Hawaii.

Like Fan Page