Asterius A Moment of Singularity

In a stylistic frenzy, Germany’s Asterius have released an album morphed out of black metal and prog that first recalls Solefald then breaks out into something harder to nail down. The counterpoint of classic metal vocals atop a second singer’s growls is just one of many contrasts. At times in the vein of some Dimmu Borgir or Agathodaimon, A Moment of Singularity is more chaotic than both, experimentation dancing around a solid metal infrastructure without spinning out of control. To throw the mix for a final loop, the record concludes with an industrial-toned remix of earlier track "One Perspective.” A little aggravating even while it captivates this first label release for the band is endearingly energetic and enthusiastic. (Cruz Del Sur)