ASTARIUM “Hyperborea”

(Grimm Distribution)

Battle Helm Rating

Back in 2017 I reviewed my latest encounter with ASTARIUM. I expect more of the symphonic bombastery that my previous encounter offered. I don’t know why but I expect this to be in the same league as Limbonic Art at their greatest moment. I just get that sort of vibe. Perhaps I expected too much because this is not as symphonic or bombastic as I thought it would be. I am sorry to say so but this is rather dull. It feels like it is ambient even though it has guitar and drums. I cannot see myself listening to this too often. For me it is the vocals that kill much of the joy listening to this. But also that it isn’t as OTT as I would have wished for. Anders Ekdahl

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