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The Weirding

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The Weirding album cover
The Rising of the Black Sun
The Weirding
Silent Sleep
The River Under
Broken Glass
The Dawning Of Orphiucus
Beyond to Slight the Maze
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Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 78:41

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Good album with obvious influences from Pink Floyd and King Crimson. Afret a few listens I started to enjoy it.

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Good Playing!


Yes, I'm a prog fan, Yes, I'd read reviews by some praising this as an album of the year candidate. My opinion is some great playing does not compensate for muffled vocals and dingy production. Good yes, great, not to my ears. I'll be listening to see what they come up with next time. As for "The Wierding", I don't think I'll return for a second listen anytime soon.

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Just One Question


WHY ?! Why go back and re-create 1970? I like a lot of bands that were creative in 1970, Amon Duul, Floyd, Yes, etc. but not this wanky attempt to re-create it. Just plain boring...

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Getting Beyond the Pleasure Guilt


This is a great guilty pleasure for us crazy proggies, that's for sure. But it really represents only that tiny "glimpse of nirvana" that we got at the turn of the '70s from Pink Floyd's "Saucerful" to "Meddle" and King Crimson's "Court" to "Lizard" and just an occasional glimpse after that such as Steve Hackett's "Acolyte". Thank you, Astra, and God bless us proggies, we need it !!!!!!! (PS to GTMLIBRA, the cardboard box is no doubt due to the MP3 compression. We should all go out and buy the real album, preferably remixed by Steve Wilson for SACD surround sound.)

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Good retro prog but...


Good retro sounding prog, but why record it in a box?! Bands like Camel and Caravan have remastered their backlog catalog and they sound great, so why make a new album in a card board box? If you want retro, buy a Litmus or Brighteye Bison album. ALL the albums I have downloaded from emusic sound fantastic on my Cowon J3. Sadly this album really does have very poor production which is a pity because a lot of us like Retro sounding albums.

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What's not to like?


If you are a fan of the sound and feel of classic '70s prog this is an album to check out. These guys have clearly done their homework and, like a lot of bands, they reference the music they love in their own work. That's not a bad thing but it can mean that the listener ends up spotting influences rather than concentrating on Astra's work. If you lament the way that the classic prog bands tried to turn into pop groups in the '80s Astra could be the band to restore your faith in complexity, length and mellotrons. Great stuff.

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Ahhh, Prog


This could go right in with all of the other prog/psych discs I bought during the initial run of progressive. Crimson is plugged, and Floyd stolen...but that is music.

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Decent, a bit overwrought


A decent-enough throwback, but Ouroboros is too long, and Beyond the Slight to the Maze is too repetitive. The overwrought touches are par for the course in 70s style art-rock, I suppose.

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Good retro prog


Good but not great retro prog. You would think you're listening to something recorded around 1971 drums sound a little flat but pretty good retro prog with nice guitar and mellotron.

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They Say All Music Guide

During the late ’90s, it seemed like prog rock had finally achieved extinction. But fast forward ten years later and the genre was thriving once more — as evidenced by the arrival of such groups as Astra and their 2009 full-length debut, The Weirding (which includes some very Roger Dean-inspired cover artwork). Hailing from an area not exactly known for spawning prog goliaths (San Diego), The Weirding is not all about fingers flyin’ on the fretboard, however, as the group touches upon the spacy sounds of early Pink Floyd and King Crimson on the title track. And this same approach carries over throughout the entire album, as evidenced by such ditties as “Silent Sleep” and “Ouroboros,” both of which follow the “prog prerequisite” of songs that stretch over ten minutes in length (and in this case, over 15 minutes). Unlike many other modern-day prog rock revivalists, Astra recall a day when the genre was more about creating sweeping mood shifts than mere mind-numbing instrumental acrobatics. – Greg Prato

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