Rating:
5.7
Aastyra - Aastral Projections
18 September 2007


01. Schism
02. Interstellar Death Race
03. Terra
04. Of Spirit And Captivity
05. Wanderers Of The Post-Apocalypse
06. Xenopia
07. Adversary
08. The Mechanical Womb
09. Shadowmirror


Hello all! I'm pleased to announce that today you'll be witnessing the first-ever episode of "Black metal for dummies: Recognizing signs of kvltness". With the recent coming of that thing called "the internet" (google it if you don't know what that is), Black metal has gone through an explosive growth. Everybody has a Black metal project, so how are you supposed to seperate the good from the bad? That's what "Black metal for dummies" is all about and in today's episode we're going to focus exclusively on recognizing signs of kvltness. Boy, are you as excited as I am?

We're going to approach these classes from a practical point of view, so please all Google/Bing (doesn't really work as a verb, does it?)/search for Aastyra. Now let's look at the cold hard facts: MySpace member since 06/2007, last log-in in 6/2009. Because everybody knows MySpace ist krieg!!!! but also for pussies. Let's continue: an 'ancient' font (probably available in Word) is used for the band logo, a five-minute photoshop job serving as album cover and more guest musicians than steady band members. 'tis all a bit overwhelming, isn't it? That'll be enough for now, don't forget to do your homework (= become best friends with a panda at the zoo and take a picture with him) and I'll see you all next week.

All kidding aside though, Aastyra ain't half bad. In fact, they're pretty enjoyable. Their (self-proclaimed) style is "Experimental Ambient Black metal", which basically stands for space-themed Black metal laced with keyboards. You can expect to often find a frenzy of high-paced piano notes set against a highly distorted, fuzzy and washed out backgroud of riffs. Coupled with fast, exploding drums and you should have a good idea of this overall fast-paced, badly produced album.

Another aspect to this album, which is probably where tag "Experimental" stems from (*cough*), is the incessant stream of interludes. We've got: fat kid running through a dried-up forest (honestly, what is that supposed to be on "Terra"), kids singing a stupid song (also on "Terra"), annoying birds whistling (you guessed it, also on "Terra"), the seemingly endless stream of "divine" female chants (on "Of Spirit And Captivity"), the shenigans continue on "Wanderer Of The Postapocalypse" and finally, finally (!!) we're back in business on "Xenopia". Unfortunately, it all quickly waters down again...

In the end, Aastral Projections is half-good, half-bad. Part of it is boring nonsense, part of it is enjoyable but hardly innovative Black metal. Focus your attention on other bands, that's my advice.

Performance: 7
Songwriting: 5
Originality: 5
Production: 4


 



Written on 30.01.2011 by
Lucas
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Luneth - 30.01.2011 at 20:55  
Lol, it sounds like I'd enjoy it, why is that worrying me now xD
JÄY - 30.01.2011 at 21:41  
When you are reviewing you do pretty well, but all that "funny" crap you throw in there just makes it hard to read on
Lucas - 30.01.2011 at 21:47  
Written by JÄY on 30.01.2011 at 21:41

When you are reviewing you do pretty well, but all that "funny" crap you throw in there just makes it hard to read on


You don't like my sense of humour?
Mr. Doctor - 30.01.2011 at 22:02  
Written by Lucas on 30.01.2011 at 21:47

You don't like my sense of humour?


Hit or miss. Since the band is already meh I didn't pay too much attention to the review either. I didn't exactly laugh... You're getting rusty bro.
Susan - 30.01.2011 at 22:07  
Well shit, *I* thought it was funny. When's the next class at Metal U? I especially liked the second-to-last paragraph where you break down their "tags" into the cliches that they are. Typical
Lucas - 30.01.2011 at 22:09  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 30.01.2011 at 22:02

Written by Lucas on 30.01.2011 at 21:47

You don't like my sense of humour?


Hit or miss. Since the band is already meh I didn't pay too much attention to the review either. I didn't exactly laugh... You're getting rusty bro.


Ouch. I'll be sure to bring my A-game for the next one.
Dane Train - 30.01.2011 at 23:23  
So what you are saying is that we could call this a lame Black Metal attempt at being Ayreon or should I say ...Blayreon?
Troy Killjoy - 31.01.2011 at 01:31  
Is this a re-release? A 2007 release seems kind of outdated on the front page...
Death To Posers - 02.02.2011 at 23:41  
That's hella funny, I didn't even know what Black Metal was until I got my first computer also.
Lazlow - 06.01.2012 at 02:24  
This is more of a dark ambient album with black metal influence than a black metal album with dark ambient influences. Those aren't interludes between black metal songs, they're dark ambient songs. And yeah, the humor was pretty cringe-worthy.

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