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Astral- techno metal was created by Vlada
Astral, key-board and Charlie Rock- guitar in 1998. The idea was about trying to
connect power of metal with spirit of electronica, generating new style that
will unite progressive thinkers in one frame of mind: techno-metal - more than
you can put in a words. Working on our live performance, we played few shows and
decided to start recording. Picking up "Master sound"- best equipped studio in a
town, we start working with out realizing that it also most expensive studio.
Paying 90$/h, every session cost us about 300-400 $, and after recording 14
key-board tracks, we run out of budget, before we even start to record guitars.
Under high pressure we manage to record some guitar parts and moved on to mixing
and mastering process.
First Astral album "Phenomena" was released in 1999 and has 10 techno-trance and
2 techno-metal oriented tracks. Soon after we had recording, production and
distribution contract offer, that was suppose to take care of all our needs, but
at that point we decide not to get involved with serious obligations. We
decide to build our own recording system, be creative as much as we could with
out time or finance limitations. Jay Rick, jazz school trained professional
joined us on guitar, adding new sensation to the music. He recorded 4 songs with
us, and one of them- Vortex, became our best download on MP3.com. Charlie
recorded "Chemical sisters", "Space traveler" and "Radiation method"-our best
hits at that time.
Astral "Radiation method" album was released in
2000 with 13 electronic metal tracks and was nominated by
Just Plain Folks as best
album of the year. Using everything we made of CD sell and working day jobs, we
continued to expend our recording abilities, key-board and guitar sound, trying
to keep up with a progress and soon after we start working on a next album. By
the end of 2001, Charlie and Vlada record new version of Vortex and 8 more new
songs, including Logic, Fear, Deep in Trance and Agony and decide to take some
time off, using it to tacking care of
"Scarz within"- progressive metal
group, Charlie was working with. In December 2001 Rich Real joined the band on a
guitar, and we continued. Having Rich was very beneficial fore us- being able to
keep it heavy, Rich add new feeling and personality to the music. One of his
best work was song "Misstake" and "Kill the switch", recorded with "Real by
Astral "Antivirus" was released in spring 2002 with 12 electronic-metal tracks.
About the same time "Scarz within" released first CD, named "Nothing Sacred".
In August 2002 Ritchie Hutson joined band, with Roland V-concert electronic drum
set, starting working on a new album. In August, 2003 James Malone was
seduced in to the altered reality of Astral. His virtuoso guitar skills
and bleeding throat (vocals) were greatly desired. The new album is
expected for a summer 2004 release.
As of 2003, Astral start
working on recording new album:
Vlada Astral- Key-boards
Charlie Rock- guitars
James Malone- guitars, vocal