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Friday, July 19, 2013

New Band To Burn One To: ASTRAY



Astray are a rock band based in Thessaloniki Greece. They were formed in 2007 with purpose to work their own material and make live appearances. In 2013 they released their first EP. Recorded and mixed by Kostas Kofinas and Kostas Tsagaris at Sin City Studios,Thessaloniki,Greece. Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music,New Windsor,New York. Artwork made by Alex Bastard. After that they are preparing to record their first full length album.

Astray are:

George - Vocals
Kostas - Guitars
Jellys - Guitars
Tolis - Bass
Apostolis - Drums


"One thing that I love about summertime is the Greek Food festivals in the area, unfortunately I missed our local one this year. Stuffed grape leaves, spanakopita, gyros, etc. dominate the menu. Well, now that I made everyone hungry, here is another product of Greece to whet your appetite. Heavy rock with rumblings of stoner groove is what Astray is all about and damn do they serve it up good on their debut 3-song EP, "Low-Life". First track "Cast My Stone" has a crunchy guitar leading the way. Once the vocal enters the song I hear a vague John Garcia resemblance. As the EP moves forward the music gets heavier and angrier, such is the case on the doomier "Idle Conversation". The EP comes to an unfortunate end with the smoke-filled hard-groovin' track "Newsto". The band stays true to their metal influences and ignites the fire with just the right amount of stoner groove and infectious melody to create a very gratifying listening experience. 

This is meat and potatoes rock people!

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