Asteroid II


When I listened to "Asteroid II" for the first time, I felt a little bit […]
By Maria Voutiriadou
March 4, 2010
Asteroid - Asteroid II album cover

When I listened to "Asteroid II" for the first time, I felt a little bit like The Little Prince- yep, the main character from the famous fairytale by Antoine De Saint Exupery: lost among the universe and even far away with the great company of fuzzy melodies and retro Rock tunes conquering through heaviness of ASTEROID's second effort. If you had the chance to work on this Swedish trio's debut album, you already know what I am talking about. So, keep that and add a little more stardust between the old-fashioned Rock sounds, diving through floral backgrounds and pink innocence's skirts. OK, I admit that I overdid it a little. What about an introduction with the band?

ASTEROID belong to the movement of Orebro's retro readings like WITCHCRAFT, ABRAMIS BRAMA, GRAVEYARD, HORISONT, DEAD MAN and the list seems to be endless... Formed in 2003, the heavy stoner Rock trio went with the flow of its homeland musical tradition and managed to reach the top of many listeners' hearts, especially in Europe, because of the brilliant heading WITCHCRAFT stroke (or NORRSKEN if you prefer) and so many bands that followed. "Asteroid II" is their second album and from the first listening I have to say that it earned me and made me stuck with this band, since it's their best so far. "Garden" has the appropriate tripping mood to take you away and the "play" button becomes suddenly your savior.

The simplicity of the tracks' titles is another clue that spreads ASTEROID's magic, except the blues-y, hippy and doom-y riffing here and the result there making lighter and cheery. The vocals have a decent low-range tenor tone being retro and old-fashioned as much as they must and combined in an excellent way with the bass-y guitars and the bel canto of ASTEROID's music. My favorite track is without any doubt the melancholic "Lady", as long as you notice the change on 02:05 and you will remember my words. "Time", the longest track from the album, shows the band's composition skills and creates a heavy and dark stoner veil of smoke and dreams. Now, I can bubble loudly how lucky I am I have an 'asteroid' in my life!

As ASTEROID sing: "Please let me drown In the rivers of time".

8 / 10


"Asteroid II" Track-listing:
  1. Garden
  2. Disappear
  3. Karma
  4. Edge
  5. River
  6. Lady
  7. Towers
  8. Fire
  9. Time
Asteroid Lineup:

Robin Hirse - Lead Vocals, Guitar & Organs
Johannes Nilsson - Lead Vocals & Bass
Elvis Campbell - Drums

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