Aastyra - Aastral Projections review



Reviewer:
5.7
Band: Aastyra
Album: Aastral Projections
Release date: 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.


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


 



Written on 30.01.2011 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.


Comments

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30.01.2011 - 20:55
Luneth
Lol, it sounds like I'd enjoy it, why is that worrying me now xD
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Evil? I am not Malevolent, I simply am!
Apocalypse, X-Men
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30.01.2011 - 21:41
JÄY
Metal slave
When you are reviewing you do pretty well, but all that "funny" crap you throw in there just makes it hard to read on
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30.01.2011 - 21:47
Lucas
Mr. Noise
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?
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SLUDGE. DOOM. DEATH. Wait, what?

"The reason I'm running for president is because I can't be Bruce Springsteen." - Barack Obama
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30.01.2011 - 22:02
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
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.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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30.01.2011 - 22:07
Susan
Smeghead
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
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"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
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30.01.2011 - 22:09
Lucas
Mr. Noise
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.
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SLUDGE. DOOM. DEATH. Wait, what?

"The reason I'm running for president is because I can't be Bruce Springsteen." - Barack Obama
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30.01.2011 - 23:23
Dane Train
Beers & Kilts
So what you are saying is that we could call this a lame Black Metal attempt at being Ayreon or should I say ...Blayreon?
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(space for rent)
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31.01.2011 - 01:31
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Is this a re-release? A 2007 release seems kind of outdated on the front page...
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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02.02.2011 - 23:41
Death To Posers
Hate Thy King
That's hella funny, I didn't even know what Black Metal was until I got my first computer also.
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The word gen means "illusion" or "apparition." In India, a man who uses conjury is called a genjutsushi ["a master of illusion technique"]. Everything in this world is but a marionette show. Thus we use the word gen.
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06.01.2012 - 02:24
Lazlow
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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