Astrochemists (Nebulae)

Crank this to 8.2 of 11

Released: 2021

Genre: Instrumental Space Rock

Sounds Like: Oresund Space Collective, God Is an Astronaut

Singapore doom and sludge specialists Dozethrone provide some nice blowback with their side project Astrochemists and their release titled Nebulae I - VIII. The album takes eight different perspectives on the track ”Nebula”. We threw this one on thinking it may bore the shit out of us. While Dozethrone purports to perform “boring and repetitive songs” as per their own FaceBook, this side project is quite the antithesis. Rather, the eight tracks that encapsulate Nebulae are actually quite diverse and entertaining. While a consistent central melody may perpetuate itself throughoutthe album, this is one heck of an entertaining gravitational pull. Astrochemists deliver a sonic work that is exceptional via headphone. The tracks will elevate your spirit.

Track Listing:

1. Nebula I (4:34)

2. Nebula II (4:34)

3. Nebula III (6:00)

4. Nebula IV (9:09)

5. Nebula V (9:08)

6. Nebula VI (6:51)

7. Nebula VII (8:00)

8. Nebula VIII (7:48)

Standout Track:

We will take "Nebula III" thank-you. Perhaps the build-up and exceptional keyboard work sets it apart. Its a great take and six minutes of bliss.

Adult Beverage Pairing:

We'll have some Brewlander’s Love Wild IPA from Singapore with our instrumental space rock please. A Sour IPA at 6.4 ABV that is sure to please.Brewlander’s Love explodes with a beautiful tropical medley of pineapple, mango and passionfruit aromas finishing with a long, clean hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is silky and teases with a hint of tartness.

ROTATION RECAP :

Song Structure

8.3 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy

7.8 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess

8.8 out of 11

Percussion Prowess

7.9 out of 11

Overall Album Flow

8.3 out of 11

Contrast

7.7 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics

8.3 out of 11

Production Value

8.6 out of 11

Final Thoughts:

What a pleasant surprise. Our heads were in the wrong direction thinking this was a lazy way to put out a full length. Astrochemists shine on their side project debut with one hell of an entertaining space rock instrumental journey. Unlike many other unwarranted ‘side projects’ this one has a well-deserved purpose; to display a myriad of sound from one central melody.


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