Astarium are a 1 man band from Russia that plays a very raw and symphonic form of black metal and this is a review of his 2013 album "Atenvx" which was released by Hell Division Productions.
Nature sounds start off the album along with some distorted yet melodic guitars and symphonic synths and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and after the intro the music starts to speed up a bit and add in more of a raw style of black metal along with some blast beats and grim screams.
The symphonic side also mixes in with the raw side along with the vocals getting very deep at times and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music focuses more on a 90's style of black metal and on a later track the nature sound s of the intro also returning briefly along with the synths giving the music more of a darker atmosphere and the album closes with an instrumental track.
Astarium goes back to an era where black metal bands still mixed in raw guitars with symphonic sounds before the later mentioned turned all mainstream and all of the songs sound like they could easily be mistaken for a demo from 92, the production sounds very dark and lo-fi while the lyrics cover Darkness, Eternity, Death, Hell and Mythology themes.
In my opinion Astarium are a very great sounding raw and symphonic black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Howl To The Curst" "Lycanthropy Seal" and "Realm Of Nykta". 8 out of 10.