Astrakhan are a band from Vancouver b.C, Canada that has been featured before in this zine and plays a progressive form of sludge metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Reward In Purpose" which will be released in May as a joint effort between War On Music and Sunmask.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album along with some atmospheric synths being used in the background at times and the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic musical fashion and acoustic guitars can also be heard in some parts of the songs and they also give the music more of a progressive feeling.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and the vocals are mostly aggressive sludge style screams and the riffs also use a great amount of melody and when clean singing is utilized it adds more of a traditional doom metal feeling to the recording and the music also mixes in some influences from the more mainstream side of prog metal a t times and as the album progresses there is a brief use of clean guitars and when the music speeds up a brief use of blast beats can be heard while the songs stick to mostly a slow or mid paced musical direction.
Astrakhan creates another sludge metal album that is more melodic and progressive than most bands of this genre while also being very heavy at the same time, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Astrakhan and if you are a fan of progressive sludge metal, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Turgid Waters" "Hatchet" and "Hand On The Stone". 8 out of 10.