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Astrosoniq - Quadrant
Every Dutch stoner-rocker knows this band: Astrosoniq. I had the honour of witnessing their first show in a long time recently, and I was blown away by the sheer quality of this act. Now they have released their new record Quadrant, the follow up to their 2006 release Speeder People. And let me tell you, it is mighty good stuff!
 
I have to honestly admit that this is the first actual Astrosoniq release I hear, but damn has it convinced me! This record is so well produced, arranged and played, it’s almost out of this world, or as you might say, from out space. These guys take elements of classic rock, stoner, grunge, psychedelics, industrial, metal, country and avant-garde and mould it into a giant monolithic whole, topped with brilliant guitar solos. It’s like stepping into a wormhole into another dimension of rock music. And even better, every time I play it, it gets better and better! A true masterpiece indeed.
 
Every song on Quadrant has a face of its own, making every song a small trip in a whole of a giant space odyssey. This stuff goes right from Pink Floyd to Orange Goblin to Alice In Chains to Saint Vitus and back without breaking a sweat. And to make it even more interesting, you can listen to the track ‘Zero’, which also features a guest appearance by the band ZEUS (with that Lama guy Jeroen van Koningsbrugge) on both the left and right channel of your stereo individually as well as together. The finishing touch is found in a cover version of the Dutch noise band T-Nailed’s ‘Bored’.
 
Conclusion: a fucking brilliant record with a nomination for my personal yearlist! If you dig the band, or even remotely dig one of the styles they play, make yourself a happy man and check Quadrant out asap!
Astrosoniq - Quadrant
90/1001Details Space Jam Records
Released on Saturday Oct 10th, 2009
Stoner Rock / Avant Garde

Writer @DemonDust on Thursday Oct 15th, 2009

Tags: #Astrosoniq
Tracklisting 01. Faustian Bargain
02. Cloud of Decay
03. As Soon as They Got Airborne
04. Play it Straight
05. Lured
06. Bloom
07. Zero
08. Downfall Lover
09. Bored
10. Sin
Line up Marcel van de Vondervoort - drums, producer, mixer
Ron van Herpen - guitars, smith
Fred van Bergen - vox, space, samples, web
Robert-Jan Gruijthuijzen - bass, vox
Teun van de Velden - keyboards, guitars, vox
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