Tuesday 16 September 2014

Astarium - From The Cleaved Old Coffins 3"

The Liverpool FC Champions Leagues game is boring, so it's time for an impulse review. Yep, you read that correctly. I am reviewing a 3" vinyl single! This two-track single was released on 3.5" Floppy Disk by Grotesque Sounds Productions and also in 3" and 5" vinyl form by NitroAtmosfericum Records. It's exactly the type of die-hard release you'd expect from Astarium. Sole member SiN has been writing and playing his own brand of cosmic, ambient black metal under the Astarium moniker since 2006 and has featured on this blog a few times in recent years. He kindly sent me a copy of the release and I'm yet to work out how to play it on my turntable as it's pretty small, so I'm reviewing it digitally.


1, Part I
2. Part II

This being a single means that it’s over pretty quickly, due to the limited space available to Astarium on the 3” vinyl format that this is pressed onto. I’m cheating though unfortunately and am listening to MP3 versions, thanks to SiN.

Opener, Part 1 instantly kicks in with orchestral and isolated black metal. SiN’s vocals are equally as high in the mix as the instrumentation, with the drums and strings providing an engaging sound-stage to back up his gargled growls.

Part II feels very much like the continuation of the first side, but with a mixture of low and high pitched growls this time. From The Cleaved Old Coffins is one of the shortest releases I’ve ever listened too, but it’s long enough to give new listeners a int as to what to expect from Astarium’s sound. This isn’t just for fans only and is a nice little release.

There's currently no full stream of this release, but a sample of Part I can be heard via Astarium's website here - http://www.astarium.ru/eng. I might try and line up a stream if I can get permission. Watch this space!

You can pick up both the Floppy disk and vinyl version from the following labels:-

Grotesque Sounds Productions - http://grotesquesounds.weebly.com
NitroAtmosfericum Records - http://www.nitroatmosfericum.ru/eng/

Astarium Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Astarium
Grotesque Sounds Productions - https://www.facebook.com/grotesquesounds
NitroAtmosphericum Records - https://www.facebook.com/nitroatmosfericum

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