Exclusive Track Premiere: Astral Tomb Saw Your Psyche Split In “Transcendental Visions”

The Denver Astral Grave is not one thing or the other. The band certainly stretch beyond typical extreme metal boundaries with the softer, introspective moments in their music, which are actually quite beautiful. But these still lie in a nest of spiky teeth, with the trio unwilling to give up the ax blade riffs and chaotic percussion that only death metal can provide. They straddle the line admirably, to the point that one gets lost in their music even as it rages on like a Lovecraftian nightmare over brown acid.

“Transcendental Visions”, the opening of the new album of the group Soulgas, makes it very clear that even though Astral Tomb tears you apart on a high plane of existence normally reserved for beings made up of pure energy, they still tear you apart. The track is based on a heavy and bestial atmosphere, even if it offers mind-blowing guitar lines and non-Euclidean drums. This combination harkens back to the 90s, when death metal had yet to be invented as a genre and each band was distinctly unique. Astral Tomb invites you to go back to the old school before it became shorthand for “stripped down” and “simplistic”. “Transcendental Visions” is a long way off, but perhaps the artists who inspired it were more cosmic than you might remember.

Says the band of the album:

Soulgas is a story of inner awakening. It is the product of more than a year of arduous personal journeys and collective experience. As we explore inner and outer space, we have cultivated each track to reflect a different part of the cyclical nature of our realities. One of our biggest criticisms in the past has been our production, and thanks to Pete DeBoer of World Famous Studios, we’ve finally encapsulated a sound that we believe sets a standard for ASTRAL TOMB. Coming in at just over 30 minutes, the music speaks for itself, and there’s not much more to say until you hear it in March.

Listen to our exclusive stream of “Transcendental Visions” from Astral Tomb below.

astral grave Soulgas releases March 25 via Blood Harvest and is available for pre-order.

Elizabeth J. Harless