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Weirding

AstraAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B00279DLEY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Rising of the Black Sun
2. The Weirding
3. Silent Sleep
4. The River Under
5. Ouroboros
6. Broken Glass
7. The Dawning of Ophiuchus
8. Beyond to Slight the Maze

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4.2 out of 5 stars
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4.2 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Exwag
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a serious old-school progger (I am not a big fan of prog with hyphens, like "prog-metal" or "neo-prog" or "crossover-prog" or whatever), I am very picky about what passes off as prog today. To me, it necessarily means at least some long songs, some degree of instrumental prowess or at least creativity and exploration, the use, generally, of old-school synthesizers, mellotrons, electric pianos, etc. I realize this is not everyone's definition but by way of introduction, it is mine. Astra has made a very classic-sounding prog record here (down to the sound, which is NOT "bad" as some have characterized it, just not "modern" in the sense of being overly compressed, overly loud, overly processed, and overly overdubbed---it's a good, clean, early 70s sounding record). The songs are good, with lots of melody in both the vocals and the instrumental parts, some nice, spacey jamming (Astra is more, say, Pink Floyd or Caravan than they are Genesis or Yes, in this respect), and delicious use of some Moogs and Mellotrons. In some parts too, in evokes Black Sabbath's more prog moments (let's not forget that in England they were on the Vertigo label initially). Sure, it's derivative----that see-sawing Mellotron part in the title track is an inversion of a similar one in King Crimson's "Cirkus", "Beyond to Slight the Maze" is a rewrite of parts of Pink Floyd's "Echoes"----but that's kind of the point of the band, to evoke a particular period and style of rock that many of us love, and that few bands play today. If you dig "Meddle", "In the Court of the Crimson King", and late-60s Moody Blues, I think you'll really enjoy Astra. Support an up-and-coming band---remember that many of our faves did not make their masterpiece records until their 3rd or even 4th try (e.g., Genesis, Yes). Enjoy "The Weirding" now, and let's see what these San Diego boys can come up with next!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars new old style prog rock July 9, 2009
Format:Audio CD
If you like early 70's prog rock like Kansas, ELP, Camel,Eloy, Early Genesis, you'll most likely enjoy this.
Loaded with analog keys, and smooth guitar playing, this is a good cd to close your eyes and drift away with the music. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the start of something better July 25, 2009
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The Weirding was recorded in a garage, and sounds like it. But if you are into 70's Prog rock, this should add to the aura. Astra's freshman attempt is mesmerizing in a nostalgic sort of way for those of us who were alive in the 70's and loved the progressive music of the day with it's melloton induced head spins. We saw no reason for it to disappear. It's nostalgic, only because it did disappear... for the most part. With a new generation, perhaps it's back, and here to stay, for a whole new generation to enjoy without having to have glimpses of the past. Astra's "The Weirding" is a bold attempt to slice into that not so musical mayhem that is Brittney Spears and 50 cent. An attempt to bring real music to the fore and perhaps musicianship to our ears. My only complaint.... the drums are bit lacking and are monotonous and annoying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you miss the days of "Meddle" April 7, 2011
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In my opinion, this is a work of pure genius! Astra has managed to create a recording that manages to sound as if it was created around circa 1972. Some may have the opinion it was just recorded badly. I feel it was recorded this way on purpose. ("Flangeing" on the drums is not an accident of bad recording.)The music has a sound and feel equivalent to the Pink Floyd "Meddle"/"Obscured by Clouds" era with sounds also reminiscent of Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust""; Genesis' first album and Trespass; and Hawkwind's "Hall of the Mountain Grill". Not satisfied with just the style and feel of the music they managed to duplicate the sound of recordings from the same time period!

With all their flaws, these recordings from the 70's had their own unique sound. It is really hard to describe unless you pull a vinyl album from the time period and listen to it before it was "remastered" onto CD. With big improvements in dynamic range and stereo separation they still had not yet perfected keeping other instruments from bleeding over into other instruments. Microphones were hung over amps, and the amps were cranked up so they naturally picked each other up. Drums, often, were not isolated so they just bled into everything. "Reverb", was added to vocals and anywhere else it sounded "cool". The result was not a muddy sound but a warm fused together sound, completely unlike to sterile sound of today. It just kind of envelopes you.

The music will not be to everyone's liking. Songs are long, half over 10 minutes, and have a real space rock, psychedelic, sound to them. Extended guitar and keyboard solos are the norm. Songs change and evolve. This is real dim the lights, put on the head phones, fire up the incense and lava lamps stuff here. If you can put on Pink Floyds "Meddle" and relish in it then Astra will take you back to that good place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prog circa 1973 September 29, 2010
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This was an impulse buy based on the Roger Deanesque album cover and music samples. It's a grower! I love it. Mellotron heaven to say the least. Sounds as if the early Moody Blues got together with the original King Crimson Ala "In The Court Of The Crimson King" and smoked a lot of weed before pressing the recording button. I look forward to a new recording with a possibly bigger budget. They have a lot of promise. Great headphone music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So many sounds
So many sounds, so many influences. There is nothing new under the sun, sure, but the best bands use what is available and make excellent music. Astra is one of those bands. Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by Michael S Katz
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic psychedelic rock TODAY
Loved it from beginning to end. Perfect for fans of classic psychedelic rock. I first heard of these guys when they did a cover of Pink Floyd's "What Shall We Do," and this album... Read more
Published on June 13, 2012 by Thinkbolt
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it was unearthed from a time capsule from 1971
There's a very rare sound, a rare groove that few bands touch. Astra oozes it copiously. This album has the kind of music I have had in my head and been looking for all my life. Read more
Published on May 23, 2012 by Up2Eleven
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
Amazingly executed, the only complaint anyone could possibly have about this album is it is derivative. Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by Impala90
5.0 out of 5 stars Honk if you like Space Rock!
My brain has been waiting for an album like this for years. The instrumentation, the performance and maybe most importantly, the production, is classic 70s from start to finish. Read more
Published on July 23, 2011 by Fjord Prefect
3.0 out of 5 stars Potential for a future great album
I bought this CD after hearing the album's best track, "Broken Glass" on the internet and reading the mostly positive reviews here. Read more
Published on April 4, 2011 by Rick H
4.0 out of 5 stars In another place. . .
This album is excellent. It puts me in another place. The atmosphere is peaceful, yet edgy. . .wonderfully weird at times as only great prog rock can be. Read more
Published on December 15, 2010 by Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars Astra - Black Sabbath Meets Pink Floyd
Astra are one of my most pleasant surprises of the year so far. I picked up the album after it was announced that the band would be playing NEARfest this summer which I will be... Read more
Published on November 23, 2009 by Steven Sly
3.0 out of 5 stars reevaluating........
This review was recently commented on in which it was proposed that I might be a fan of country music. For the record, I am not. Read more
Published on September 14, 2009 by drunkdapunk
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Average
The Weirding is an average CD at best. Although I like the guitar work at times I struggle with the quality of this CD. Read more
Published on August 3, 2009 by Jerry Sanseri
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