Vorfeed.net B.M. Reviews - Astrath - Flow of Nature review

Artist: Astrath
Album Title: Flow of Nature
Label: Self-Released

The production on this record is crisp and clear. The guitar sound is mostly in the high-end, as are the snarled vocals. The drums, too, are cymbal-heavy, and even the bass sounds a little treble-ish! This is appropriate given the band's style, but I still found myself wishing for a little more low-end.

This record is one long string of highly technical, classically-influenced guitar work, with harsh vocals over the top. There are occasional tempo changes and even a few acoustic guitar breaks, but for the most part, it's very similar. This ends up being too much of a good thing: I like some of the Bach-style riffs, but after three or four songs, they start to blend together, and then the whole record flows past from there. A little more variation to break up the riff patterns would have improved this record greatly.

The best song, "A Journey of Life", is more aggressive and vicious than the others, with more emphasis on the vocals, and that really helps it to stand out from the rest of the album. Likewise, the varied drumming on "Flow of Nature" gives it a lot of impact, as does its slightly blastier song structure. "To Whatever End" is a memorable closer, also -- the main riff on this track stands out, as does the counterpoint rhythm guitar in the background.

If you like ultra-symphonic metal, you might want to check this out, but I can't recommend it otherwise; it's just too upbeat and same-y for my taste. There's a lot of potential here, though... this band's musicianship is certainly impressive!

Standout Tracks: "Flow of Nature", "The Journey of Life", "To Whatever End"