Agoura Hills, CA – March 26th, 2012 – San Diego’s Astra will be streaming their new album, The Black Chord, in its entirety via a full CD listening party on AOL’s Spinner.com! The album will be available for fans to stream from now until April 2nd HERE. Spinner.com is one of the web’s ultimate destinations for free MP3s, album streams, exclusive interviews and live performances from some of today’s best acts in rock.
The Black Chord has received fantastic reviews, including a near perfect review on about.com: “The Black Chord is full of hazy, stargazing atmospherics, but the interweaving of its audio wonderments easily reconciles the band’s immense musical aspirations with a resonating, earth-bound heart…music as rewarding as this is utterly timeless.”
The Black Chord is available on-line and in stores now.
“combining the dark grooves of Sabbath, with the improvisational tangents of King Crimson, the moods of the early eras of both Yes & Genesis, as well as hints of space rock from Hawkwind” YtseJam.com
“recreate all the things you loved about 70s prog” ThisIsNotAScene.com
Born in San Diego but bred in the mists of Avalon, Astra have fast become a synonym for the ethereal, the sublime, and the genuinely progressive. 2009’s The Weirding put these analog-inflected San Diego visionaries on the map, alongside the likes of co-conspirators Earthless, Diagonal and Dungen.
Think wailing guitars and dulcet harmonies thickened by Mellotrons and given hypnotic qualities by the kind of drumming that borders on the shamanic. Cinematic in scope but frequently yielding to a kind of melodic fragility that can only be the product of genuine emotion, The Black Chord’s musical ebb and flow prove Astra to be a band’s band, capable of an artistry all-too-rare among their generation, and it’s a sound to behold. -Alex Milas, 2012.