Wednesday 10 August 2016

Comacozer - Astra Planeta (Album Review)

Release date: August 13th 2016. Label: Headspin Records/Shiny Beast. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Astra Planeta – Tracklisting

1.Saurian Dream 07:32
2.The Mind That Feeds The Eye 07:55
3.Navigating the Mandjet 06:21
4.Illumination Cloud 08:17
5.Hypnotized by Apophis 11:38

Band Members:

Rick B. - Strings of Mind Bending Psychedelia
Rich E. - Bass Notes of Cosmic Hypnosis
Andrew P. - Percussion from the Depths of a Nebula


Australian Spaced Out Doomsters Comacozer finally release their debut album – Astra Planeta and the results are glorious and spaced out as heck. Comacozer create epic spaced out Stoner/Doom with a hint of Sludge appearing now and again. The album is full of rich ideas flowing from beginning to end.

Opening track – Saurian Dream – sets the scene for the whole tone of the album with psychedelic spaced out noises merged with trippy doom based guitars. The whole mood of the album is one of discovery in the far reaches of space. Comacozer have a slight droning quality to their music but it’s a great sound as it gives them extra weight in the volume department.

Second track – The Mind That Feeds The Eye – carries on the spaced out sounds from the opening track though Comacozer play the tracks at a much quieter and slower pace. This allows the band to experiment with their sound and inject some trippy psychedelic noises into the mix.

One of the albums strengths is how Comacozer excel at creating post-rock style psych sounds and then turn the mood into something heavier with epic doom/stoner riffs. The album flows with such creativity from beginning to end that you’ll easily end up losing yourself in this album. The other three tracks on the album – Navigating The MandJet, Illumination Cloud and the almost twelve minute epic – Hypnotized by Apophis – carry on the same rhythm as the opening two tracks but Comacozer don’t rest on their laurels as they include Middle Eastern based noises. It’s a superb touch as it gives this album a world-weary feel to match the heavy space rock sounds flowing throughout the album.

If you’re a fan of Instrumental Doom/Stoner Metal then you’ll need this album in your record collection. As this is a must have album and perhaps one of the best Instrumental Rock/Metal albums of the year.

Words by Steve Howe