Astrodome- II (YaYa Yeah YYYY004)
Astrodome is a four piece instrumental band
from Porto, Portugal. I really loved their first record and have been waiting
quite a long time for this one arrive. The vinyl is still not out (a long
story) but the digital and cassettes are! The album features 6 tracks and was
recorded at the northern Portugal studio, Hertzsounds, used by a lot of the PT
bands in this scene including 10,000 Rusos. It was mastered by Jonas Munk
(Causa Sui). It starts off with Mirage. It has a slow keyboard fade in (by new
member Kevin, who also plays guitar) and then the melodic guitars kick in as
the track slowly builds. There is some
very nice dual lead guitars with a lot of melodic parts intertwined in a very
nice way as the drums and bass keep the momentum going. The track comes down
and there is a short keyboard solo with some really nice drumming. The track
builds up again as it started. Nice reprise and ending. Great opening track.
Secular Fields features about the same tempo but some slide guitar and a really
ripping and cool lead solo on this track. I just got transported away on this
one. Fantastic. Dawn Gardens Part 1 finishes side A of the tape with a track
with beautiful melodies and dynamics from this band. I just love the way the
two guitar players interact on the tracks. Some times one balances a more dark
theme with a more light one as each track evolves.
Dawn Gardens Part 2 starts side B with
another slow fade up with just the guitar and cymbals before the rest of the
band kicks in for one of the more heavy numbers on this album but quite short.
Sunrite is a quite different mood to start and a slow steady drum and repeated
guitar line as a theme slowly develops and then when you think it is going to peak,
it dies down and a new guitar riff kicks in a new direction begins. A bit of
the stoner rock feel and heavy doomy stuff that was on a few tracks of the
first record appears later but the nice organ really compliments it well. Atlas
ends this excellent record and a track that reminds e a lot of Causa Sui! One
of my faves in 2018, please check it out if you like instrumental music.
About the vinyl, it was supposed to be
released on the HeviSike label, like the first record and due out in April. Apparently
the records were pressed but the label never approved the artwork and the label
owner has either died or just gone crazy. This has put the band in a very bad
position as the pre-orders have all had to be refunded now and those that were
more than 6 months old, might not be able to as that is the limit with
paypal. Lets hope that it does come out
on vinyl but no other label will put it out until this is solved. Sorry guys.
Great record and cool band. Nice people as well. Support this band. I would love to see these
guys at Roadburn!
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