Astronoid the Boston band whose music has been described as an «awesome intersection of black metal pummel and shoegaze luster» (Pitchfork) and whose 2019 self-titled album was dubbed «the sweetest, softest heavy metal of the year» by NPR, release their eagerly-awaited third album, Radiant Bloom, on June 3rd via 3DOT Recordings (licensed by Century Media Records for outside of North America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan).
«It’s a balance of aggression and emotion», explains vocalist, guitar player and songwriter Brett Boland about the band’s first new album in three years. «This is our next evolution. It’s a reflection of everything over the past few years, and it’s the most personal album we’ve made so far. ‘Radiant Bloom’ is about the state of being human and all the trials and tribulations that come along with that. It’s about mundanity and boredom and about everything moving so fast that you feel like you can’t do it all. It’s about the flood of feelings that goes along with everyday experiences and trying to cope with the swirling vortex of life humming around you».
A preview of the nine-song collection arrives today with the release of Eyes on all digital platforms, a track Boland describes as «not feeling completely sure of who you are or what you’re doing».
I’ve Forgotten Your Face
Astronoid is Brett Boland (vocals/guitar), Daniel Schwartz (bass), Casey Aylward (guitar), and Matt. St. Jean (drums). The Boston quartet have released two full-length albums and two EPs: November (EP, 2012), Stargazer (EP, 2013), Air (2016) and Astronoid (2019). Brooklyn Vegan said of the band’s music: «the word ‘genre-defying’ gets thrown around a lot, but it’s not every day that you hear a band really earn it like Astronoid. They sound like so many things at once, but it all comes together in a way that sounds seamless…» NPR said they create «a surprisingly effective mix of shoegaze-y blast beats, pretty pop-punk singalongs and post-rock ambiance,” and Treble Zine praised the band, adding “there are simply so many elements to their music that still feel like novelties in much of heavy music…».