Astarium – Nekrocosmo: Nocturnal Kali Yuga
Astarium play a very darkened, primitive style of symphonic black metal that is sure to leave its scars upon your weak mind.
This one-man project hails from the frozen landscapes of Russia, and his music is definitely influenced by the eerie and cold climate found here. The synthesizer arrangements have that demonic, horror movie-like atmospheres within them, and the vocals sound so beastly, you’ll feel as if you’re listening to the devil himself.
I enjoyed the element of Astarium being very raw, primitive and underground in nature, but was not too impressed with the studio production of the debut CD.
Personally, a slightly better and a well-balanced mix, would definitely make the guitars and the rhythm sections stand out quite well. The vocals are audible just like the synthesizers, and sound like another instrument, which is what you want, and Astarium does this really well. This characteristic of the vocals sounding like another instrument gives their songs a strong presence of something so sinister and hauntingly evil.
The music featured on the eight cuts of pure symphonic black metal hell found here give “Nekrocosmo: Nocturnal Kali Yuga” a very soundtrack and epic feel to them which makes this release highly worth checking out.
Check this album out, as it definitely has all of the trademarks of a truly underground symphonic black metal release in its most profound, wicked way. The darkness and negative vibes you’ll experience here are potent enough to give you nightmares whereby you’ll never sleep alone again. Symbol of Domination Sarjoo Devani