Astarium are a solo project from Russia that has been featured before in this zine and plays a symphonic form of occult black metal and this is a review of his 2015 album "Nekrocosmo: Nocturnal Kali Yuga" which was released by Metallic Media.
Dark avant garde sounds start off the album along with some drumbeats before adding in a more heavy and atmospheric sound that also uses symphonic synths, demonic growls and grim black metal screams and after awhile the music speeds up a bit and adds in a small amount of blast beats and the music goes for the more underground 90's symphonic sound.
When solos and leads are utilized they are in a very melodic musical direction and some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length and at times you can hear ethnic instruments in certain sections of the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the faster sections displaying more of a raw black metal style and as the album progresses an instrumental track and another song that brings in a brief use of clean playing are added onto the recording.
Astarium creates another symphonic black metal album that stays away from the more commercial side of the genre and also brings in a very grim and evil atmosphere, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover darkness, eternity, death, evil and occult themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Astarium and if you are a fan of the darker side of symphonic black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lyrian Selection" "Dance Of The Agony" and "Back To Katuar". 8 out of 10.