ASTRAYED PLACE

(FRANCE)

EDGE OF THE MIST,

(2023)
LABEL:

M-O-MUSIC

GENRE:

ALTERNATIVE METAL

TAGS:
Epic, Experimental, Female vocals, Growl, Technical, Theatrical
"Astrayed Place offers a very dense album, somewhere between death, metal, rock and progressive. Aided by three outstanding singers, once tamed, "Edge Of The Mist" is one of the year's greatest successes."
CALGEPO (12.07.2023)  
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"Edge Of The Mist" is Astrayed Place's debut album, but it's not their first discographic effort. The band founded in 2015 has already released two Eps that allowed it to test and establish its singular style. Why singular? Because one of the band's original features is the presence of three singers, which accentuates the narrative aspect of the album. This one is based on compositions that represent each of the stories, while at the same time drawing on a wide range of styles.

Astrayed Place is an almost elusive band, which is both a strength and a weakness. The listener is immersed in a kind of film, with a beautiful acoustic guitar intro enveloped in haunting layers of keyboards (which play a major role throughout the album). To tell this story, the band draws on rock, death, symphonic, metal and progressive influences. 'Inner City' perfectly illustrates the band's blending of genres and decompartmentalization. After an ultra-melodic first section, we plunge brutally into a fearsome death metal, with the two styles then intertwining.

This construction is repeated throughout the album. The uninitiated listener may find it a little hard to read, with the impression that the band is wavering between styles, or seems to be struggling to channel its rather good ideas. On the other hand, Astrayed Place doesn't set itself any barriers, and this approach to writing is necessary for the story to unfold. Bands are often criticized for being faint-hearted, so for once a band dares to explore a wide spectrum of styles with great mastery, we shouldn't sulk.

Technically, Astrayed Place is beyond reproach, and "Edge Of The Mist" proves to be a great success. The musicians are excellent, both in terms of the varied rhythm section and the guitars, with their highly effective riffs and robust, well-crafted solos. As for the vocal lines, they contribute greatly to the album's success: between rage, female vocals and clear vocals, everything comes together, even ing a little breath in French ('Horizons'). The whole is aided by an ample production that enhances this richness.

"Edge Of The Mist" is an album of seemingly limitless density. The band's aim here is to demonstrate the extent of their talent for absorbing and using the multitude of genres required for the concept of "Edge Of The Mist". While its intensity may be disconcerting, once tamed it is nonetheless a great success.
- Official website
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WITHIN TEMPTATION, TOOL, SLIPKNOT

TRACK LISTING:
01. Intro - 1:20
02. Inert City - 7:11
03. Slaughter The Ants - 4:21
04. Death Blossom - 5:35
05. Horizons - 3:00
06. Waves of Pain - 3:27
07. Voiceless - 3:16
08. Broken Flower - 7:30
09. Too Deep Down - 4:27
10. Reflections - 5:28

LINEUP:
Alexandre: Chant
Evan: Batterie
Loïc: Guitares / Piano
Maxime: Guitares
Pierre: Basse
Sylvain: Chant
   
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