Cedric : Even though the band already released their debut album Air in 2016, this is my first acquaintance with the music of the American band Astronoid. Purely based upon the sound of their bandname I must confess that I was expecting some stoner/retro band, but that did not seem to be the case. Astronoid[/I]s music may sound spacey, but also modern, layered and powerful. After just one spin of the album it all seemed pretty ok-sounding, yet I did not feel truly overwhelmed by the music on this selftitled second album. It was only after a little while that I started to get the right connection with the songs, that I even noticed that the band[/I]s music calmed me down after a rough day.
Astronoid plays a type of metal that is far of the classic style wherein speed and power are of utmost importance. The Americans songs sound dreamy and emotional, but heavy riffs, rolling drums and flashy guitar solos are also a big part of this musical piece of work. The whole sounds progressive without unnecessary frills, emotional without turning into some adolescent emo band and powerful enough where needed. Some riffs could even be heard going into the direction of a band like Deafheaven, but in general I would describe the music as a layered mix between Devin Townsend, Tesseract, Alcest, Deftones, Angels & Airwaves, Extol and the softer aspect of a band like Between The Buried And Me.
Also the vocal parts on the album sound dreamy, emotional and create a beautiful extra layer in the music. The band succeeds in, especially after a couple of spins, making you hear the music and vocals as one big sum of layers, a whole. It is especially that aspect that reminds of the Devin Townsend influences for example, where atmospherical-sounding layers coming together as one are more important than each instrument having its own solo moment. But also the productional value of the album suits this reference, wherein all instruments and sounds receive an equal value of importance in the mix, thus creating a powerful and modern sound.
Astronoids music will not be everyone[/I]s cup of tea, but that is just the way it is in the world of subjective arts. I can only say that these Americans have proven that an emotional and even poppy-sounding album does not mean it has to be whiny or boring at all. Astronoid will definately find its way to my stereo a lot more in the future.