Astronoid - Air Digi-CD


What makes this album fascinating to me is that it seems just sort of backwards in everything it does. It's aesthetically the complete opposite of black metal, despite utilizing so many of the genres tropes. It's pretty obvious that the band didn't form until after Alcest and Deafheaven and the like rose to prominence. You could argue that this is just a continuation of what Lantlos and Fen were doing in the early 2010s, but I'm more willing to point the finger at the hipstery "we play metal but don't actually like metal" bands of the Pitchfork ilk. Their inspiration for the (admittedly constant) heavy parts clearly come from the least metal metal bands to ever play metal.