I’ve never heard of San Diego-based psychedelic prog band Astra before, but when I heard their new song ‘Quake Meat‘ from their upcoming album The Black Chord, I was blown away. Astra is a throwback to classic progressive rock bands of the 70’s, like Yes and King Crimson. Almost everything about the band is a nod to the genre’s innovators, including the dated production to the vocals. I can’t be completely sure that Astra are not some sort of time travelers sharing their stoned creations or aliens that are just now catching up to the 70’s, but either way Astra are fucking GOOD. Check out ‘Quake Meat‘ below.

[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/metalbladerecords/astra-quake-meat[/soundcloud]

Astra’s sophomore album The Black Chord is due out March 27th on the always awesome Metal Blade Records and Rise Above.

– JR

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