Progressive sludge metallers Astrakhan have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, Reward in Purpose, at Invisible Oranges. The new track is titled “The Traveler” and is full of triumphant melodies and tumultuous rhythms. Guitarist/vocalist Robert Zawistowski commented on the new track:
“The Traveler was inspired by a vivid night terror that I had,…I woke from sleep screaming. Both my dog and girlfriend also woke up screaming/barking, and there was a shadowy humanoid figure kneeling over me. I pushed myself up out of bed against the backboard, and it grew in the room – an outline of iridescent light circled its form as it grew and escaped into the hallway. My dog moved after it barking like he could sense my attention on whatever creature my subconscious had concocted. My girlfriend at the time fell back asleep without much issue, and my dog settled down, but the experience shook me so hard that I was sleepless for almost a full week afterward.”
“The song itself tells a story of a sorcerer’s apprentice who accidentally summons an extra-planetary creature (based on the creature from my dream) who kills his master and escapes into the world. He lights sage to fight it and ultimately is left confused and defeated. The album cover is inspired by this song. It’s a photograph that I took of myself in the dark with a tripod – in the same bed that I had the experience. Our artist (Nick Patterson) painted the “traveler” over this photograph and that became the album cover.”
Check out the track now.
Reward in Purpose will be released on June 10.