I was doing a late-night marathon session on YouTube, binging on Loudwire‘s “Wikipedia: Fact Or Fiction” series. Running down the list and letting things auto-play I was introduced to musicians that I had long listened to and ones that I was genuinely curious about. There were bands I had only heard their name, but nothing more than that. Many hours in the twilight of the morning, I decided to call it a nihgt. But you know how that goes.

Succumbing to the internal struggle of “C’mon, just 1 more video and then I’ll go to bed” I clicked on something called, 10 Up-And-Coming Bands You Need To Check Out In 2017The first few bands were stuff that I already heard before, but then the video for “Up & Atom” from Astronoid came on.

I don’t know how to describe it other than when a dog responds to an audio cue by tilting its head. It was just like that. Everything stopped and I focused on the sound coming out of the speakers. It was fast, loud, thumping, melodic, metal and poppish all at the same time. I don’t know if it was the thundering double-bass drum, the tremolo picking guitar work or the dream-like vocals that made me drop “Astronoid” into the search bar.

Their first full-length album Air popped up in the results. There have been times I have been disappointed when only 1 track on the album is like the one that I have heard and want the rest of the album to be. Nope. Not this time.

From note 1, Air is a thrashing of the ears. It’s the kind of album that will beat you up and then hug you. I found the link on their website to download the album and did without hesitation. I listened to it no less than 7 times in a row. Each time I listened from start to finish, I heard new things and old things in new ways.

I even burned a couple of copies for a couple of people I work with. Both enjoy music and I wanted to share Astronoid with them. I could only hope that their first listen was as exciting as mine.

2.Up And Atom6:17
6.Tin Foil Hats5:10
9.Trail Of Sulfur7:27