In 2015, I took a moment to send a congratulatory tweet to American post black metal band Vattnet Viskar expressing my admiration for their recently released record Settler. I received a reply almost immediately giving thanks and also expressing an appreciation for my band’s name (the tweet was sent from my band’s twitter) and origin (the name is a lyric from a hum song.)
From there I exchanged some more words with Vattnet bassist Casey Alyward. It turns out that not only did we share a mutual appreciation for all things post hardcore and the like, but he played in another “spacey” band called Astronoid.
In the summer of 2016 I learned that Astronoid had released a new record. It’s quite literally, stunning. The sound is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. It’s a hybrid of contemporary post black metal with a smattering of post hardcore, space rock, and technical pop punk not unlike Strung Out’s classic Twisted by Design record. If you’re skeptical based on my description I urge you to check the record out. I’ve been jamming it all summer and have listened to track “Up and Atom” more than anything else this year.