Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Astral Gardens -'Brian Boru Demo' Review
The three songs on offer on this online demo are a diverse bunch to say the least. The title track hints at a pop rock sensibility not a million miles away from The Wildhearts at their heaviest, with a nice Lizzy-esque lead lick thrown in, and a stomper of a chorus.'The Battle Of Kadesh' meanwhile , with it's clever use of eastern scales and a whopper main riff that 'Gods Of The Earth' era The Sword could be proud of, is a headbanger's delight, as is the almost seventies glam- stomp of 'Sister Alexandria'.
If there is a criticism to be made , and it's probably an unfair one seeing as this is a demo,but the production in places is somewhat weak , with the vocals sounding slightly muffled at times , and suffering from over compression when it comes to louder portions of the song.However a meaty guitar sound and the band's obvious tightness as a unit shines through, and hints at an extremely promising live band.
With an album's worth of material on the way, and an original , addictive sound to get your ears around, it seems like the band's promise to 'conquer the world by 2014' may not be that unrealistic.
The jam in the ceili hall though, that might not happen so fast.
For Fans of : Thin Lizzy, The Sword, The Wildhearts
Listen here: http://www.myspace.com/astralgardens
Stephen O ' Connor , For Born Again Nihilist