The Astroplex are a band from Canada that plays space metal with elements of black and melodic death metal and this is a review of their self released 2016 album "The Chronicles Of Azhul'Tar".
Ambient style keyboards start off the album bringing in the atmosphere of an 80's science fiction movie and spoken word samples can also be heard at times and after the intro the music goes into more of a heavier and melodic direction along with some death metal growls being utilized and rough yet melodic vocals are also used quite a bit.
Keyboards are also used on the heavier tracks and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while later tracks also start incorporating more black metal screams and the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and as the album progresses a brief use of operatic female vocals can be heard along with more spoken words and back up shouts.
The Astroplex plays a musical style that takes black and melodic death metal and mixes them with sci-fi orientated sounds and symphonic elements to create their style of space metal, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover science fiction themes.
In my opinion The Astroplex are a very great sounding space metal band and if you are looking for something original, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Prophecy" "The Red Emperor" and "Battle For Azhul'Tar". 8 out of 10.