Sunday, December 14, 2014

ASTRAKHAN's 'A Tapestry of Scabs and Skin' Out Today on War on Music Records

War on Music Records has released A Tapestry of Scabs and Skin from Vancouver, British Columbia's own ASTRAKHAN today on 45-rpm, 180g vinyl 12" LP format. The album includes two songs from the band's digitally released EP The Pillarist and two brand new tracks recorded at Rain City Studios with Jesse Gander (BISON, ANCIIENTS, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, JAPANDROIDS). The lavishly colored cover was created by Nick Patterson with inner sleeve design by Dena Lazarenko.

Order the LP from War on Music at  this location.

 A Tapestry of Scabs and Skin is streaming in its entirety at this location.

Cupid's Fist
Blinded by the Diamond Planet
 Rest in Depths
 The Pillarist

"Astrakhan deliver astutely crafted metal with a stoner/sludge backbone and hints of heavy metal and progressive metal swirling within the marrow." Metal Observer

 "Well crafted, rewarding songs that showcase some phenomenal melodies, thoughtful musical structures and pounding sonic passages." - Echoes and Dust

"Astrakhan serve up an interesting combination based on traditional metal yet include nods to progressive arrangements whilst dipping their toes in the pond of doom and sludge to provide a real potpourri of variety." - All About the Rock

"Western Canada is in the midst of quite a metal boom as of late, especially Vancouver, and Astrakhan is the latest to attract attention. Cut from the same cloth as Kylesa, [they] serve up a confident combination of sludge, prog, and garage rock" - Adrien Begrand (Decibel)

 "For a band that has only been together a couple years, the chemistry is incredible. They're already crafting their art in such grand fashion that before long they'll be forcing the bands now considered influences to up their game." - Matt Hinch (

Band photo by Amy Ray Photography

Born out of years of failure, frustration and stifled creativity is ASTRAKHAN. The band has emerged as a unique force, landing somewhere appropriate yet conspicuous within a thriving Vancouver metal scene that warmly embraces its sludge / doom / stoner and riff laden heavy metal.

The music is meticulously composed while maintaining the grit and ferocity that has come to define their live performances. No chord is redundant, no riff is repetitive, no progression is without purpose. The contrasting styles of their two-headed vocal attack serve as a definitive element. The urgency behind their music is palpable, and the final product is undeniable. ASTRAKHAN has built a loyal following based on nothing other than the quality of their craft and the intensity of their live shows. The sense that something meaningful is upon us grows stronger with each new song conceived and venue conquered.

Dustan Toth - Vocals/Bass
Adam Young - Guitar
Rob Zawistowski - Vocals/Guitar
Jerome Brewer - Drums

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