Monday 24 July 2017

Astrosaur - Fade In // Space Out (Album Review)

Release date: April 28th 2017. Label: Bad Vibes. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Fade In // Space Out – Tracklisting

1.Necronauts 11:00
2.Space Mountain 06:10
3.Yugen 04:48
4.Fishing for Kraken 09:29
5.Fade In // Space Out 13:30

Band Members

Eirik Kråkenes: guitar
Steinar Glas: bass
Jonatan Eikum: drums


Astrosaur's debut album Fade In // Space Out is a very pleasant surprise indeed. As the album is made up of different sounds such as Space Rock, Stoner Rock, Psych, Doom Metal and a subtle hint of heavy progressive jazz. Add all these elements together and you end up with an intriguing sound that defies the normal genre conventions.

Opening track – Necronauts – is a heavy spaced out exercise in noisy doomed out jazz theatrics. The song has quite a diverse LOUD vs QUIET approach. As the band try many different ideas and sounds with their music. For the most part it sounds very good indeed. For other the song could have been more redefined. Though you cannot ignore how supremely talented the band actually is.

The rest of the album follows the same formula that the opening track confidently creates with songs such as: Space Mountain, Yugen and Fade In // Space Out impressing the most on the album. Astrosaur don't stick to one conventional sound as they try their hand at different sounds and genres on each of the songs. The album truly comes alive when they play a more straight-forward psychedelic doom/stoner rock sound.

The progressive jazz vibes may put some people off but it's good to hear and experience something different within the realm of Instrumental Rock/Metal. Fans of Monomyth and Shooting Guns will find much to enjoy here. The production of the album is immense with the different sounds and experimental noises making their presence known throughout the album.

Fade In // Space Out is a fantastic debut album. Though it's not the most easiest album to listen to. Give yourself a few listens to fully appreciate this album and you will have one hell of a wild ride.....

Words by Steve Howe