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    Ad Astra

    In substance, AD ASTRA is confirmed by partnership of Doug Bowers (lead vocals, keys, guitars, drums) and Christopher Flynn (6 & 12 string guitars, backing/harmony vox). For their second CD, a founding duo enlisted the support from Henry Jablonski (b/v, bass), Chuck Tidwell (guitar), Mitch Rall (percussion), Jeremy Ribando (operatic voice). This collective focus their talents on recreating the magical flavour of the Golden 70's era. Occasionally we can hear the obscure tinges to Fantasy, Uriah Heep, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Camel, Atomic Rooster, Paladin etc. Despite that, the new record of Ad Astra possesses its own character. What do you assume to find on the disk? There are multi-layered keyboard tapestries amid hard guitar riffs, mingled to crisp rhythm section. The emotionally charged singing compliments masterly instrumental arrangements. The spiritual lyrics provide a special feel. Everything sounds deep, and the further you dig the more addictive. The opening track, ‘Surface Of Last Scattering’, is a rite of passage for the album's name. Contrasting factors move from the gentle piano playing to mid-paced rock, from complex hooks to soft, placid pieces. Next up, ‘Lament’, is also profound chapter which holds a plenty of distinctive merits. Accessible melodies and rhythm changes are nicely fitted in composition. Subsequently, a trilogy suite ''Cradle to Grave to Life' continues the journey in challenging path. At over 21 minutes, this epic is comprised of ‘Grief’ / ‘Recognition’ / ‘Redemption’, where different parts segue into each other; and it's difficult to tell which one is the most impressive. They all romp through the musical landscape flawlessly, without resorting to cliché or pastiche…Then things settle down into a pastoral atmosphere, to mesmerize you. Just close your eyes and pretend that ‘A Gift Of Peace’ is a lost Genesis collectible (circa Anthony Phillips time). Sheer excellence! The album finishes off in a terrific way with ‘Pathways.’ The compelling presentation builds up into a proper farewell. And now I’m ready to give only one advice: buy this release.

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