Astrixion separate themselves from the pack by diving into the more melodic and monstrous equally.
Joe Devine has clearly tapped into something heavenly, from the very first second ‘Too Far Gone’ introduces a richly atmospheric sound that is so tightly interwoven it would be nearly impossible to pick apart all the threads.
This is filthy, it’s fresh, and it’s ferocious. If this is the shape of the scene to come in the wake of groups like Run The Jewels there is about to be a rap renaissance.
With its tight and intricate multisyllabic rhyme schemes ‘Battle Of The Mind’ is a track that can rekindle the fire that may have smouldered out in many a hip hop head.
‘Regressor’ is atmospheric and creates this fuzzy dreamlike feeling that you can’t help but get lost in. But it is also gargantuan in sound, easily toppling expectations as each giant foot sends tremors outwards making a meteoric impact.
Dan Miraldi soundtracks the apocalypse with a hotfooted little bass riff that invites your feet to the dancefloor from the opening second. This is a track born out of those lockdown blues but the clever songwriting and lyricism give it live and legs far beyond that.
The guitar growls with a prowling ferocity that is as sure footed as it is deadly precise. From the first strum you can tell this is an ancient and practised predator.
It’s not often you get a track that does exactly what it say’s on the tin, but this is it. We have all been going a little cuckoo trapped in lockdown and clearly Filip Dahl has spent that time just wailing seven shades of sunshine out of his guitar strings.
The track begins in the sci-fi noir synth sound of a bar in the Blade Runner universe. It isn’t long before the hardcore cyber punk element comes crashing through the door of the club and making a ruckus with aggressive riffs and serious prog power. This is a band that make cosmic horror seem like a daydream, it’s beautiful, it’s out of this world, and you can’t help but nod your head in trancelike obedience.
The song begins with a ghostly choir before it’s joined by the fae jingling bell of guitar and the sharp crisp clip of the drums. Throughout the song there is the continuation of this siren-like pitched wailing vocal chorus. The track has an ethereal and dreamlike quality that resonates at a primordial level that gets the listeners hair to stand on edge. It’s exciting, atmospheric, and a little bit magical.
Who is the Cosmic Crooner? An international spy and man of mystery? An intergalactic alien trying to ingratiate himself to the human race through beautiful homage to the music of the 60s and 70s? A pin up model hired to play face to an aged Bond movie music composer looking to revive his career? Whatever or whoever he is we’re very happy to sip slurp a sluice of his retro pop juice.