Astral Winter is the solo project of Atra Vetosus front-man Josh Young. Perdition is his follow up to well-received 2011 debut Winter Enthroned and is more experimental than its predecessor. Opening track ‘The Rain Falls Upon This Distant Land’ is a beautiful acoustic guitar instrumental track that precedes ‘An Endless And Vast Horizon’ which again has the overdubbing of sounds of nature and wind set against ethereal keyboards. Listeners who are familiar with Young’s previous album Winter Enthroned may be surprised to learn that there are no heavy tracks on Perdition. I for one was taken aback at first and kept expecting the eruption of classic black metal blast beats, however it never came. Don’t be put off by this though as there is some very good music on offer. This album is perfect music to kick back and relax to after a long day. A refreshing and welcome piece of work that deserves to be heard. Stand out track has to be ‘Disappearing into Nights Embrace’, which is a sombre acoustic lament from Young. ‘Pillars of Creation Descend into Ashen Ruin’ brings the record full-circle to an eerie conclusion, with the sound of barren wastelands in the grip of a storm.
Astral Winter is:
Josh Young (All instruments).
Perdition is available now via Immortal Frost Productions.