Melodic Black/Death from Greece brought to you by three extremely attractive women. Musically they hit as hard as any gents you’d care to put them up against, and I wish someone would put the singer up against me. All joking aside, Astarte play an atmospheric yet brutal form of Blackened Death/Thrash, heavy on the symphonic tip. What holds this back for me is the vocals. While Tristessa’s screechy style is plenty abrasive, you can totally tell she’s a gal and that bothers me for some reason. I admit I’m a bit silly, but I don’t speak in a female voice, I don’t think in a female voice, and while I can appreciate talent when I hear it, when it comes to Extreme Metal, effeminacy in the vocal department is harder for me to get behind. Although, I’d have no trouble getting behind any of these beauties. Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one. This does feature guest appearances from Sakis of Rotting Christ (“Oceanus Procellarum”) and Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir (“The Ring”), which may be reason enough for some to pick this up. My insanity aside, Astarte do shred, and if cool girls really did exist, this would be at the top of their playlists.
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