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Astra, USA

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Astra - The Weirding. 2009 Rise Above (UK) CD+LP; 2009 Metal Blade
Astra - The Black Chord. 2012 Rise Above (UK) CD+LP; 2012 Metal Blade

In the world I choose to exist in - the byzantine progressive rock underground - bands like Astra might as well be Taylor Swift in terms of general recognition. These are albums that have close to 500 ratings and dozens of reviews on RYM for example - when the usual norm for my modern era collection is 8 ratings and one review, and that one review might be my own. So they hardly qualify for "Under the Radar", but yet musically they are a bulls-eye for the type of music I typically enjoy. As such, I've been wanting to feature them here for some time, and just hadn't gotten around to doing it.

For those that still haven't heard Astra - and I can't imagine anyone reading this that hasn't - then they can best be described as 1972 personified. They have absorbed the influences of the time, instrumenta…