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Astra / Weirding, The
Album:Weirding, The Collection:General
Artist:Astra Added:02/2010
Label:Metal Blade 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2010-02-28 Pull Date:2010-05-02 
Week Ending:2 May25 Apr18 Apr11 Apr4 Apr28 Mar21 Mar14 Mar

 Recent Airplay
1.Nov 17, 2010:public noize rackit
Silent Sleep
4.Apr 17, 2010:Bloodstains Across Atherton-So Many Records, So Little Time
Dawning Of Ophiuchus, The
2.Apr 29, 2010:Icecaps of White Noise
River Under, The
5.Apr 07, 2010:public noize racket
Silent Sleep, Weirding, The
3.Apr 24, 2010:Bloodstains Across Atherton
Rising Of The Black Sun, The
6.Apr 03, 2010:Bloodstains Across Atherton-Billy Idol in the Muzak?
River Under, The

Album Review
Ragnar of Ravensfjord
Reviewed 2010-02-27 
Amazing amount of early 70’s prog & psych worship with 2 mellotrons. This invokes a lot of fantastic, spacey drifty stuff with some long jams that all work out well. Nothing bloated just the best stuff culled from Hawkwind, King Crimson, Camel, Yes (’71-’74 era), and even Far East Family Band. Even the artwork looks like it’s from an unused session from Yes’ “Relayer”. Then again, Arik Roper has sort of become the new Roger Dean.

(((((1)))))) Slow to mid-paced proggy-psych with flutes warbling guitars. Then gets into a nice & heavy jam with plenty of drift & wah pedal & mellotron.
(((((2))))) Long track with more mellotron and some serious King Crimson/Pink Floyd/Camel worship. Dystopian lyrics among the groovy, spacey bits.
(((((((3))))))) Late night jazzy, drifting prog with very 70’s vocals. So 70’s there’s a black light poster of a customized van playing this very song. Really good drumming + obvious but awesome mellotron/keyboards “dweeel-dwee-ooo”.
(((((4))))) Classic mellotron & drums sound, majestic (& well done) Rick Wakeman styled keyboards. Weird, extremely 70’s vocals. In this case, their more like Kansas with better equipment & chops. Not a bad thing, here actually.
(((((((5))))))) Noodly synths with a “can’t be anything BUT prog” jam and gorgeous sounding mellotron. Great guitar tone, too.
((6)) Acoustic strum with sort of mystical late 60’s pop & folk vocals. Way too much Moody Blues/Beatles softness.
(((((((7))))))) Spacey mellotrons meandring about into a holy psych & prog trinity of Camel/King Crimson/Far East Family Band.
(((((((8))))))) Majestic, wizard cape sportin’ psych-prog with again some great guitar tone, organ/keys, and atmosphere.

Track Listing
1.Rising Of The Black Sun, The 5.Ouroboros
2.Weirding, The 6.Broken Glass
3.Silent Sleep 7.Dawning Of Ophiuchus, The
4.River Under, The 8.Beyond To Slight The Maze