ASTRA

Progressive Metal • Italy
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Astra are an Italian progressive band, whose style is described as progressive metal in the vein of Dream Theater.
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ASTRA About Me: Through Life and Beyond album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
About Me: Through Life and Beyond
Progressive Metal 2006
ASTRA From Within album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
From Within
Progressive Metal 2008
ASTRA Broken Balance album cover 3.83 | 2 ratings
Broken Balance
Progressive Metal 2014

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ASTRA About Me: Through Life and Beyond

Album · 2006 · Progressive Metal
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There are some definite ties to the Dream Theater tribute band that these guys evolved from. Some of the cuts sound like they could have been from the DT Awake sessions. Having said that, I definitely feel that this band has a great future. Song writing is strong and the musicianship is superb. Highly recommend to anyone that is a DT fan or DGM, Pagan's Mind, or Circus Maximus, or if you just want to hear good Italian metal. If you like this release, their next attempt, From Within, is also excellent, however to me, it is more straight power/melodic metal than this collection.

ASTRA From Within

Album · 2008 · Progressive Metal
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The second release from Astra has these guys on fire. Love this collection. Heavy, strong at times, progressive and lyrical at times, but always serious rocking metal. Lots of hummable melodies, lots of awesome guitar and keyboard work, drumming is great, and vocals kick ass. There is a definite link to the power metal band DGM, since vocalist Titta Tani, and keyboardist Emanuele Casali were doing double duty for a few cds. I don't think there is a bad cut on the disc. The first 3 cuts are very strong, the next 2 are a little more gentle, and then it just rips until the last cut which is an incredible tribute to Queen, more so Freddie Mercury. A beautiful way to end this very solid sophomore release from a band I hope will be around for a long time. Almost forgot to mention song #8. It strikes me as a strange tribute to Styx, but maybe I'm crazy. Would love to know others opinions on the question. The intro and chorus just scream Styx to me, and that is maybe because I haven't taken my meds today...

ASTRA Broken Balance

Album · 2014 · Progressive Metal
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theaterd
This is Astra's third release, and the first without the help of Titta Tani, the vocalist for DGM. Bass player Andrea Casali takes over the vocals on this release and does an excellent job. The style is very similar and his range is impressive. I think this release is a bit more power metal/melodic metal oriented than previous attempts, but hopefully that won't scare you away from trying it out. The riffs, hooks, melodies are all solid, the musicianship is excellent, and the solos are strong. Since the band started as a Dream Theater tribute band they have definitely developed their own voice. I am a big fan of these guys. Their 1st release was much more raw, more progressive. The 2nd attempt was a step away from that, however their song writing has became more concise. This is a solid album which hopefully gives Astra a bigger following outside of Italy.

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