Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Progressive Rock
Release date: 15 November, 2013
Playing time: 51:10

With big love and with strong influences of the classic 70s prog rock has the Swedes in Astrakhan made a stunning album with similar blood lines as YES, Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin made their progressive rock. The big difference is that Astrakhan has spiced it up with some fresh and modern elements. Alex Lycke on vocals is the perfect choice to the advanced and demanding songs. He handles all the turns and twists perfectly.

"Retrospective" is a disc that needs some spins before all the pieces falls in the right place. "Retrospective" is a very solid and thorough album that contains tracks that are written with high quality and sounds very mature and will appeal to an adult audience that demands both technical skills and with new-old approach that generates a groovy and heavy progressive rock.

Astrakhan gives us a exciting musical journey into something mysterious and deep. Tempo shifts as well as some individual extraordinary peak performances, like Marcus Jidell on 'Higher Ground', 'Shadow of the Light' makes you want to close your eyes and just float away with Astrakhan's musical flow. 'State of Mind' is one of the heavier tracks that has been stuck in my head after my several spins of "Retrospective".

A nice trip with a interesting band and a new delightful acquaintance.

Line up:
Alex Lycke - Lead Vocals
Per Schelander - Bass
Jörgen Schelander - Keyboards
Martin Larsson - Drums
+ special guest Marcus Jidell  - Guitars (Evergrey, Royal Hunt)

01. Under The Sun Part 1
Shadow Of The Light
Higher Ground
Noname Lane
Extreme Media Makeover
Long Gone Generation
Modern Original Sin
State Of Mind
Under The Sun Part 2
Label: Power Prog
Distribution: Power Prog
Artwork rating: 78/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 5 November, 2013
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