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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em (Blood Red Swirl) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition of only 400 copies on red/black swirl colored vinyl.

The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell are the last of a dying breed of Grease Rock Bastard musicians who somehow, despite and in spite of the last 3 decades trying their best to kill off balls out, non-bullshit rock'n'roll music, somehow, against all the fucking odds, still exist, surviving on a steady diet of God sent gigs, hire vans, broken down amps, split drum skins, greasy spoon fry ups, patched up jeans, roll-ups, cheap leather jackets, booze, weed and bathtub speed.

On their new album CHECK 'EM BEFORE YOU WRECK EM the Shovell somehow carry on the lineage of the truly golden age of British heavy rock whose dog shit stained road was paved by the likes of Budgie, Sabbath, early Motörhead, Quo, Lizzy, The Groundhogs, Stray etc. Chuck in a healthy chunk of U.S. and Aussie proto metallurgists Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust, Bang, The Litter and Buffalo, as well as a healthy Vertigo Swirl of dew picked mushrooms bad trip psych. The Shovell thinks the world could do with another slice of no-nonsense re-gressive proto-rock'n'metal - one that you don't need a degree in doom-rock or a masters in metal to appreciate just a love of when music was F U N !!!!

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em (CD)



The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell are the last of a dying breed of Grease Rock Bastard musicians who somehow, despite and in spite of the last 3 decades trying their best to kill off balls out, non-bullshit rock'n'roll music, somehow, against all the fucking odds, still exist, surviving on a steady diet of God sent gigs, hire vans, broken down amps, split drum skins, greasy spoon fry ups, patched up jeans, roll-ups, cheap leather jackets, booze, weed and bathtub speed.

On their new album CHECK 'EM BEFORE YOU WRECK EM the Shovell somehow carry on the lineage of the truly golden age of British heavy rock whose dog shit stained road was paved by the likes of Budgie, Sabbath, early Motörhead, Quo, Lizzy, The Groundhogs, Stray etc. Chuck in a healthy chunk of U.S. and Aussie proto metallurgists Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust, Bang, The Litter and Buffalo, as well as a healthy Vertigo Swirl of dew picked mushrooms bad trip psych. The Shovell thinks the world could do with another slice of no-nonsense re-gressive proto-rock'n'metal - one that you don't need a degree in doom-rock or a masters in metal to appreciate just a love of when music was F U N !!!!

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em (White) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition of only 400 copies on white vinyl.

The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell are the last of a dying breed of Grease Rock Bastard musicians who somehow, despite and in spite of the last 3 decades trying their best to kill off balls out, non-bullshit rock'n'roll music, somehow, against all the fucking odds, still exist, surviving on a steady diet of God sent gigs, hire vans, broken down amps, split drum skins, greasy spoon fry ups, patched up jeans, roll-ups, cheap leather jackets, booze, weed and bathtub speed.

On their new album CHECK 'EM BEFORE YOU WRECK EM the Shovell somehow carry on the lineage of the truly golden age of British heavy rock whose dog shit stained road was paved by the likes of Budgie, Sabbath, early Motörhead, Quo, Lizzy, The Groundhogs, Stray etc. Chuck in a healthy chunk of U.S. and Aussie proto metallurgists Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust, Bang, The Litter and Buffalo, as well as a healthy Vertigo Swirl of dew picked mushrooms bad trip psych. The Shovell thinks the world could do with another slice of no-nonsense re-gressive proto-rock'n'metal - one that you don't need a degree in doom-rock or a masters in metal to appreciate just a love of when music was F U N !!!!

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Don't Hear It... Fear It! (Color) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition on translucent purple pink bleed colored vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.

This band decided to name themselves after a British Naval officer who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their band name had me thinking of Sir Lord Baltimore. The sound isn't exactly the same as that, but it's in the ballpark or at least the right era. Fuzzy, psychedelic tinged proto-metal is the sound that's at the core of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell's madness. Think the usual suspects like Sabbath and Deep Purple, but also Budgie (that may explain the cover too), Dust, Buffalo and others from that late 60's-to early 70's period when playing heavy music was still in its early stages and these bands were pioneers still figuring out hold to mold and control these sounds. This band captures that raw spirit, and despite having definite influences they still channel their music in such a way that you feel like you exeperiencing this style for the first time.

When I am given a promo copy of a band entitled Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell with a photo of a man in a giant red chicken head on the cover, I tend to take notice. My first impression was, “Oh my God! Are you having a laugh?” But once Don’t Hear It…Fear It! started spinning I was hooked!



What can you say about the album? The band is a throwback to some trippy 70s vibe. The guitars are distorted. The bass guitar is totally in your face. The tone is heavy. The drumming is bombastic. It's got this slow burn southern rock thing happening. Some of the songs are even bluesy with a rock overtone. The only thing missing is the crisp and crackle of needle on vinyl.

Everything about Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s Don’t Hear It… Fear It! is hot! If you are driving in your car down the highway or sitting in traffic on the I95 or M25 this is the album you want spinning. If you are kicked back lounging by yourself or have a few mates over for a BBQ this is the album you want blasting. If you are knee deep in a first person shooter on your XBOX360… oh yesh, you want this album cranked!

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Don't Hear It... Fear It! (IMPORT) (CD)



This band decided to name themselves after a British Naval officer who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their band name had me thinking of Sir Lord Baltimore. The sound isn't exactly the same as that, but it's in the ballpark or at least the right era. Fuzzy, psychedelic tinged proto-metal is the sound that's at the core of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell's madness. Think the usual suspects like Sabbath and Deep Purple, but also Budgie (that may explain the cover too), Dust, Buffalo and others from that late 60's-to early 70's period when playing heavy music was still in its early stages and these bands were pioneers still figuring out hold to mold and control these sounds. This band captures that raw spirit, and despite having definite influences they still channel their music in such a way that you feel like you exeperiencing this style for the first time.

When I am given a promo copy of a band entitled Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell with a photo of a man in a giant red chicken head on the cover, I tend to take notice. My first impression was, “Oh my God! Are you having a laugh?” But once Don’t Hear It…Fear It! started spinning I was hooked!

What can you say about the album? The band is a throwback to some trippy 70s vibe. The guitars are distorted. The bass guitar is totally in your face. The tone is heavy. The drumming is bombastic. It's got this slow burn southern rock thing happening. Some of the songs are even bluesy with a rock overtone. The only thing missing is the crisp and crackle of needle on vinyl.

Everything about Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s Don’t Hear It… Fear It! is hot! If you are driving in your car down the highway or sitting in traffic on the I95 or M25 this is the album you want spinning. If you are kicked back lounging by yourself or have a few mates over for a BBQ this is the album you want blasting. If you are knee deep in a first person shooter on your XBOX360… oh yesh, you want this album cranked!

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Don't Hear It... Fear It! (with Bonus 7 inch) (Color) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition of only 300 copies on purple vinyl. Includes a purple 7".

This band decided to name themselves after a British Naval officer who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their band name had me thinking of Sir Lord Baltimore. The sound isn't exactly the same as that, but it's in the ballpark or at least the right era. Fuzzy, psychedelic tinged proto-metal is the sound that's at the core of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell's madness. Think the usual suspects like Sabbath and Deep Purple, but also Budgie (that may explain the cover too), Dust, Buffalo and others from that late 60's-to early 70's period when playing heavy music was still in its early stages and these bands were pioneers still figuring out hold to mold and control these sounds. This band captures that raw spirit, and despite having definite influences they still channel their music in such a way that you feel like you exeperiencing this style for the first time.

When I am given a promo copy of a band entitled Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell with a photo of a man in a giant red chicken head on the cover, I tend to take notice. My first impression was, “Oh my God! Are you having a laugh?” But once Don’t Hear It…Fear It! started spinning I was hooked! What can you say about the album? The band is a throwback to some trippy 70s vibe. The guitars are distorted. The bass guitar is totally in your face. The tone is heavy. The drumming is bombastic. It's got this slow burn southern rock thing happening. Some of the songs are even bluesy with a rock overtone. The only thing missing is the crisp and crackle of needle on vinyl.

Everything about Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s Don’t Hear It… Fear It! is hot! If you are driving in your car down the highway or sitting in traffic on the I95 or M25 this is the album you want spinning. If you are kicked back lounging by yourself or have a few mates over for a BBQ this is the album you want blasting. If you are knee deep in a first person shooter on your XBOX360… oh yesh, you want this album cranked!

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Don't Hear It... Fear It! (with Bonus 7 inch) (Color) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition of only 300 copies on purple vinyl. Includes a purple 7".

This band decided to name themselves after a British Naval officer who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their band name had me thinking of Sir Lord Baltimore. The sound isn't exactly the same as that, but it's in the ballpark or at least the right era. Fuzzy, psychedelic tinged proto-metal is the sound that's at the core of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell's madness. Think the usual suspects like Sabbath and Deep Purple, but also Budgie (that may explain the cover too), Dust, Buffalo and others from that late 60's-to early 70's period when playing heavy music was still in its early stages and these bands were pioneers still figuring out hold to mold and control these sounds. This band captures that raw spirit, and despite having definite influences they still channel their music in such a way that you feel like you experiencing this style for the first time.

When I am given a promo copy of a band entitled Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell with a photo of a man in a giant red chicken head on the cover, I tend to take notice. My first impression was, “Oh my God! Are you having a laugh?” But once Don’t Hear It…Fear It! started spinning I was hooked! What can you say about the album? The band is a throwback to some trippy 70s vibe. The guitars are distorted. The bass guitar is totally in your face. The tone is heavy. The drumming is bombastic. It's got this slow burn southern rock thing happening. Some of the songs are even bluesy with a rock overtone. The only thing missing is the crisp and crackle of needle on vinyl.

Everything about Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s Don’t Hear It… Fear It! is hot! If you are driving in your car down the highway or sitting in traffic on the I95 or M25 this is the album you want spinning. If you are kicked back lounging by yourself or have a few mates over for a BBQ this is the album you want blasting. If you are knee deep in a first person shooter on your XBOX360… oh yesh, you want this album cranked!

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Isobelle (Purple) (7 inch)

Limited edition on purple colored vinyl.

Two killer cuts by the UK's, greasiest, unashamed, hard rocking erberts.

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Return to Zero (IMPORT) (7 inch)

Limited edition of only 300 copies.

Awesome debut single from this no frills, full of thrills grease rock trio.

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Age of Taurus - Desperate Souls of Tortured Times (Black) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition of on black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.

Rumbling along like a giant boulder made of heavy gauge guitar strings, opener "A Rush of Power" is a Trouble-esque icebreaker that exemplifies the combination of meaty riffing and smooth, melodic vocals Age of Taurus do so well. Coupled with the following "Sinking City" makes for a nice one two punch to get things off to a strong start. What follows is as solid a set of songs as you could possibly ask for. This is a very English kind of doom, if you get me. Strident, heavy, but not over the top - it's without any fat or unnecessary frills and all the better for it. It avoids the obvious retro trappings and Sabbath cloning so many lean on, and instead feels like an NWOBHM 7" played on 33 instead of 45 at times. These here Taureans have made a fine opening mark with this debut album, and if this is the beginning, we're in for a fascinating journey in years to come.

Traditional doom that is as powerful as it is melodic. Driving rhythms which propel melodic vocals. Vocals that build momentum by what they reign in as much as by what they unleash. In the best traditional doom ... er, tradition, Age of Taurus' compositions are well structured affairs with muscular riffs and powerful drums. As always with Paranoid Hitsophrenic bands, they start with a solid riff and expand on it, speeding and slowing as needed, soloing and incorporating harmonies. So much of the appeal of doom and its subgenres is built around bands getting a familiar sound right, without straying too far into well-worn territory. In that way I can't imagine traditional doom people not digging the hell out of 'Desperate Souls of Tortured Times'.

Again, and as in most traditional doom bands, the vocals stand out above the other elements, but not in a way you might expect. These aren't the acrobatic and expressive vocals of epic metal. There's an understatement here that just fits, an overall inoffensiveness that are neither too busy nor lazy. They hit that perfect Josh Homme point and have a similar tone. 'Desperate Souls of Tortured Times' is pretty special. It sounds a lot more like to confident statement of a veteran band in mid-stride than a debut album from a band finding its niche. Perhaps that veteran feel comes from the band not setting out to break any molds, rather a strong sense of structure and good taste in influences are the aggregate of this solid foundation. No, Age of Taurus will not change the way you think about music but they don't need to, they are another reassurance that the best stuff comes in hard and heavy doses of riffs.

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Age of Taurus - Desperate Souls of Tortured Times (Blue) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition on blue vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.

Rumbling along like a giant boulder made of heavy gauge guitar strings, opener "A Rush of Power" is a Trouble-esque icebreaker that exemplifies the combination of meaty riffing and smooth, melodic vocals Age of Taurus do so well. Coupled with the following "Sinking City" makes for a nice one two punch to get things off to a strong start. What follows is as solid a set of songs as you could possibly ask for. This is a very English kind of doom, if you get me. Strident, heavy, but not over the top - it's without any fat or unnecessary frills and all the better for it. It avoids the obvious retro trappings and Sabbath cloning so many lean on, and instead feels like an NWOBHM 7" played on 33 instead of 45 at times. These here Taureans have made a fine opening mark with this debut album, and if this is the beginning, we're in for a fascinating journey in years to come.

Traditional doom that is as powerful as it is melodic. Driving rhythms which propel melodic vocals. Vocals that build momentum by what they reign in as much as by what they unleash. In the best traditional doom ... er, tradition, Age of Taurus' compositions are well structured affairs with muscular riffs and powerful drums. As always with Paranoid Hitsophrenic bands, they start with a solid riff and expand on it, speeding and slowing as needed, soloing and incorporating harmonies. So much of the appeal of doom and its subgenres is built around bands getting a familiar sound right, without straying too far into well-worn territory. In that way I can't imagine traditional doom people not digging the hell out of 'Desperate Souls of Tortured Times'.

Again, and as in most traditional doom bands, the vocals stand out above the other elements, but not in a way you might expect. These aren't the acrobatic and expressive vocals of epic metal. There's an understatement here that just fits, an overall inoffensiveness that are neither too busy nor lazy. They hit that perfect Josh Homme point and have a similar tone. 'Desperate Souls of Tortured Times' is pretty special. It sounds a lot more like to confident statement of a veteran band in mid-stride than a debut album from a band finding its niche. Perhaps that veteran feel comes from the band not setting out to break any molds, rather a strong sense of structure and good taste in influences are the aggregate of this solid foundation. No, Age of Taurus will not change the way you think about music but they don't need to, they are another reassurance that the best stuff comes in hard and heavy doses of riffs.

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Age of Taurus - Desperate Souls of Tortured Times (Color) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition on translucent blue vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.

Rumbling along like a giant boulder made of heavy gauge guitar strings, opener "A Rush of Power" is a Trouble-esque icebreaker that exemplifies the combination of meaty riffing and smooth, melodic vocals Age of Taurus do so well. Coupled with the following "Sinking City" makes for a nice one two punch to get things off to a strong start. What follows is as solid a set of songs as you could possibly ask for. This is a very English kind of doom, if you get me. Strident, heavy, but not over the top - it's without any fat or unnecessary frills and all the better for it. It avoids the obvious retro trappings and Sabbath cloning so many lean on, and instead feels like an NWOBHM 7" played on 33 instead of 45 at times. These here Taureans have made a fine opening mark with this debut album, and if this is the beginning, we're in for a fascinating journey in years to come.

Traditional doom that is as powerful as it is melodic. Driving rhythms which propel melodic vocals. Vocals that build momentum by what they reign in as much as by what they unleash. In the best traditional doom ... er, tradition, Age of Taurus' compositions are well structured affairs with muscular riffs and powerful drums. As always with Paranoid Hitsophrenic bands, they start with a solid riff and expand on it, speeding and slowing as needed, soloing and incorporating harmonies. So much of the appeal of doom and its subgenres is built around bands getting a familiar sound right, without straying too far into well-worn territory. In that way I can't imagine traditional doom people not digging the hell out of 'Desperate Souls of Tortured Times'.

Again, and as in most traditional doom bands, the vocals stand out above the other elements, but not in a way you might expect. These aren't the acrobatic and expressive vocals of epic metal. There's an understatement here that just fits, an overall inoffensiveness that are neither too busy nor lazy. They hit that perfect Josh Homme point and have a similar tone. 'Desperate Souls of Tortured Times' is pretty special. It sounds a lot more like to confident statement of a veteran band in mid-stride than a debut album from a band finding its niche. Perhaps that veteran feel comes from the band not setting out to break any molds, rather a strong sense of structure and good taste in influences are the aggregate of this solid foundation. No, Age of Taurus will not change the way you think about music but they don't need to, they are another reassurance that the best stuff comes in hard and heavy doses of riffs.

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Age of Taurus - Desperate Souls of Tortured Times (IMPORT) (CD)



Rumbling along like a giant boulder made of heavy gauge guitar strings, opener "A Rush of Power" is a Trouble-esque icebreaker that exemplifies the combination of meaty riffing and smooth, melodic vocals Age of Taurus do so well. Coupled with the following "Sinking City" makes for a nice one two punch to get things off to a strong start. What follows is as solid a set of songs as you could possibly ask for. This is a very English kind of doom, if you get me. Strident, heavy, but not over the top - it's without any fat or unnecessary frills and all the better for it. It avoids the obvious retro trappings and Sabbath cloning so many lean on, and instead feels like an NWOBHM 7" played on 33 instead of 45 at times. These here Taureans have made a fine opening mark with this debut album, and if this is the beginning, we're in for a fascinating journey in years to come.

Traditional doom that is as powerful as it is melodic. Driving rhythms which propel melodic vocals. Vocals that build momentum by what they reign in as much as by what they unleash. In the best traditional doom ... er, tradition, Age of Taurus' compositions are well structured affairs with muscular riffs and powerful drums. As always with Paranoid Hitsophrenic bands, they start with a solid riff and expand on it, speeding and slowing as needed, soloing and incorporating harmonies. So much of the appeal of doom and its subgenres is built around bands getting a familiar sound right, without straying too far into well-worn territory. In that way I can't imagine traditional doom people not digging the hell out of 'Desperate Souls of Tortured Times'.

Again, and as in most traditional doom bands, the vocals stand out above the other elements, but not in a way you might expect. These aren't the acrobatic and expressive vocals of epic metal. There's an understatement here that just fits, an overall inoffensiveness that are neither too busy nor lazy. They hit that perfect Josh Homme point and have a similar tone. 'Desperate Souls of Tortured Times' is pretty special. It sounds a lot more like to confident statement of a veteran band in mid-stride than a debut album from a band finding its niche. Perhaps that veteran feel comes from the band not setting out to break any molds, rather a strong sense of structure and good taste in influences are the aggregate of this solid foundation. No, Age of Taurus will not change the way you think about music but they don't need to, they are another reassurance that the best stuff comes in hard and heavy doses of riffs.

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Angel Witch - As Above, So Below (Color) (IMPORT) (2LP)

Limited edition on red vinyl!

One of the flag-bearers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal in its early stages, Angel Witch is a band that started out as far back as 1977. The South London-based outfit released three studio albums “Angel Witch”, “Screamin’ ‘n’ Bleedin’” and “Frontal Assault” in the '80s, out of which the self-titled release is considered by many as a cult classic in this genre.

Interestingly, even though all eight tracks on here are completely fresh releases, the album combines old and new incarnations of Angel Witch. Two of the tracks, “Dead Sea Scrolls” and “Witching Hour” date back to the band’s 1983-84 sessions, and two other tracks “Guillotine” and “Into The Dark” are even older. The remaining four tracks are newly written, though. These newly created tunes sound very much like what you’d expect from Angel Witch, but they are clearly different from the older tunes, which is only a natural thing.

The album had me instantly hooked right from its first note, and other than a couple of brief segments here and there, it never let slip of its grip on me. These tunes exemplify the endearing qualities of traditional heavy metal, but in addition, they exude the uniquely dark aura of Angel Witch’s music, something that has always separated them from other bands in the NWOBHM movement. Angel Witch is back, and has delivered an album brimful of heavy metal in its purest form.

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Angel Witch - As Above, So Below (IMPORT) (CD)



One of the flag-bearers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal in its early stages, Angel Witch is a band that started out as far back as 1977. The South London-based outfit released three studio albums “Angel Witch”, “Screamin’ ‘n’ Bleedin’” and “Frontal Assault” in the '80s, out of which the self-titled release is considered by many as a cult classic in this genre.

Interestingly, even though all eight tracks on here are completely fresh releases, the album combines old and new incarnations of Angel Witch. Two of the tracks, “Dead Sea Scrolls” and “Witching Hour” date back to the band’s 1983-84 sessions, and two other tracks “Guillotine” and “Into The Dark” are even older. The remaining four tracks are newly written, though. These newly created tunes sound very much like what you’d expect from Angel Witch, but they are clearly different from the older tunes, which is only a natural thing.

The album had me instantly hooked right from its first note, and other than a couple of brief segments here and there, it never let slip of its grip on me. These tunes exemplify the endearing qualities of traditional heavy metal, but in addition, they exude the uniquely dark aura of Angel Witch’s music, something that has always separated them from other bands in the NWOBHM movement. Angel Witch is back, and has delivered an album brimful of heavy metal in its purest form.

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Astra - The Black Chord (Black/Orange) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition of only 500 copies with half black and half translucent orange. Deluxe gatefold sleeve with an attached 4 page booklet.

If 2009’s debut hinted at the power and grace of their vision, then The Black Chord is perhaps the full realization of their spellbinding prowess. Like a Meddle-era ‘Floyd supercharged by a Mahavishnu-intensity not seen for eons, The Black Chord is an album of blinding light and abysmal shade, of bone-jarring rhythmic density and vast, breathtaking mental vistas: nothing less than an epic journey through the outer reaches of musical possibility tinged by an elegance and knowingness that suggests a creative maturity beyond the members’ collective years.

Therein lies their redemption, because this is a record at home in 1972 as it is in 2012. 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.

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Astra - The Black Chord (Color) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition of only 500 copies on translucent orange. Deluxe gatefold sleeve with an attached 4 page booklet.

If 2009’s debut hinted at the power and grace of their vision, then The Black Chord is perhaps the full realization of their spellbinding prowess. Like a Meddle-era ‘Floyd supercharged by a Mahavishnu-intensity not seen for eons, The Black Chord is an album of blinding light and abysmal shade, of bone-jarring rhythmic density and vast, breathtaking mental vistas: nothing less than an epic journey through the outer reaches of musical possibility tinged by an elegance and knowingness that suggests a creative maturity beyond the members’ collective years.

Therein lies their redemption, because this is a record at home in 1972 as it is in 2012. 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.

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Astra - The Black Chord (Splatter) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition of only 500 copies with white splatter on maroon vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve with an attached 4 page booklet.

If 2009’s debut hinted at the power and grace of their vision, then The Black Chord is perhaps the full realization of their spellbinding prowess. Like a Meddle-era ‘Floyd supercharged by a Mahavishnu-intensity not seen for eons, The Black Chord is an album of blinding light and abysmal shade, of bone-jarring rhythmic density and vast, breathtaking mental vistas: nothing less than an epic journey through the outer reaches of musical possibility tinged by an elegance and knowingness that suggests a creative maturity beyond the members’ collective years.

Therein lies their redemption, because this is a record at home in 1972 as it is in 2012. 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.

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Astra - The Black Chord (White) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition on white vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve with an attached 4 page booklet.

If 2009’s debut hinted at the power and grace of their vision, then The Black Chord is perhaps the full realization of their spellbinding prowess. Like a Meddle-era ‘Floyd supercharged by a Mahavishnu-intensity not seen for eons, The Black Chord is an album of blinding light and abysmal shade, of bone-jarring rhythmic density and vast, breathtaking mental vistas: nothing less than an epic journey through the outer reaches of musical possibility tinged by an elegance and knowingness that suggests a creative maturity beyond the members’ collective years.

Therein lies their redemption, because this is a record at home in 1972 as it is in 2012. 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.

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Astra - The Weirding (Black) (IMPORT) (2LP)

Black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve. Artwork by Arik Roper.

Not quite as out there as label mates Diagonal but still within the same everything-but-the-kitchen-sink musical ballpark, San Diego's Astra delivers on the promise of the title of its debut album. Make no mistake, Astra is “fancy outfit” progressive rock, the sort of group that isn't afraid to bring a little theatricality to the table. The Weirding is essentially a collection of grandiose statements, each one doing its damndest to one-up the others. Starting with the title track, the remainder of The Weirding is predominantly a series of melancholy, end-of-days numbers that have as much in common with Jethro Tull and 60s folk as they do Yes, King Crimson and the Book of Revelations.

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TIP: By default, the search results include titles from The Archive. This will often give the impression that we don't do a very good job of keeping our titles in stock. This is not the case! Most of our 3,500+ active catalog titles are restocked regularly. It's the 7,500+ archived titles that are "unavailable". Use the search refinement options or do more specific searches if you're seeing too many "unavailable" items. Also, results are sorted by date with the newest releases at the top. Again, you can use the search refinement options to change this.

  • Refine by Category > All Else will hide archived titles and only show active catalog titles. (only available when there are enough search results to warrant it)
  • Sort By and Refine By Record Label Provide many options for more specific search results.