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STARGAZER - A Merging to the Boundless
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wish the photo of the t-shirt wasn't blurry. Probably going to order it soon, and of course awaiting the album on vinyl. Once the bandcamp stream is up, I should be able to survive until the vinyl version is released.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

morfumax wrote:
Wish the photo of the t-shirt wasn't blurry.


Detailed artwork is just below the photo of the shirt.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

StarGazer “A Merging to the Boundless” CD and TS
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Discharge white + aqueous gold ink on Gildan brand TS. Available in sizes S to XXL and also as a bundle with the CD for $2 less.






Although the members of StarGazer are among the most active musicians in the Australian underground metal scene, they only infrequently release music under the StarGazer banner. Because of the band’s meticulous approach to every aspect of the music, when they do finally put out new material, there is little doubt as to the degree of quality one can expect. For these reasons, the announcement earlier this year that a new StarGazer album was on the horizon has generated a massive amount of anticipation, and with the release of “A Merging to the Boundless,” expectations will not only be met, but exceeded. Despite approaching the 20-year mark of StarGazer’s existence, “A Merging to the Boundless” is only the band’s third full-length album. Each of the band’s releases demonstrates continual growth and evolution, while maintaining the core traits that characterize all of StarGazer’s music. With this album, as with the previous one, “A Great Work of Ages,” the band continues to shed old skins, revealing new, variegated forms and patterns beneath. In reference to StarGazer one often hears terms like “Progressive Death Metal.” While the band is undeniably technical and almost certainly influenced by myriad styles of music that are subtly incorporated into the tapestry of their sound, the term “progressive” often carries with it a somewhat negative connotation, suggesting either the sterile, academic approach of Progressive Rock or a naďve attempt to be “experimental.” StarGazer deftly avoid both of these pitfalls. While nearly peerless in terms of their technical proficiency and their reliance upon unpredictable arrangements, StarGazer never allow their dedication to craft to be infected by hollow displays of musical prowess. The new album opens with the title track, featuring frenetic, labyrinthine riffs stitched together seamlessly across disparate keys and tempos. While the disorienting fury of the title track may harken back to the more decidedly Black/Death style of band’s earlier recordings, the album shifts abruptly with the somber intro to “An Earth Rides its Endless Carousel” – one of the several standout tracks on the album. Beginning with a lush instrumental passage adorned with shimmering, clean guitars and sweeping bass arpeggios, the song gradually gains momentum before eventually erupting. The track, like the album as a whole, shifts and moves, waxes and wanes, in a thoroughly organic manner, never feeling choppy or forced. The album continues to unfold, revealing new dimensions – passages of fractured pandemonium give way to tranquil vistas that disappear again like mirages into the chaotic aether. As with the band’s music, StarGazer’s lyrics also transcend boundaries. Conceptually elusive, but deeply evocative, the lyrical content bespeaks an arcane knowledge and mystical bent while conveying a rich poetic sensibility: “That blazing sun under my lids, behind my teeth, lay dead on the precipice of the abyss.” The album closes with “The Grand Equalizer,” which, at approximately 11 minutes, is the longest track in StarGazer’s catalog. It is a fitting culmination to the album – hallucinatory at times, punctuated with majestic riffs laden with densely interwoven melodies. As the song ends, and with it the album, the listener is left wandering at the edge of the void. “A Merging to the Boundless” is nothing short of a masterpiece and arguably the most profound and articulate statement StarGazer has made.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

morfumax wrote:
Wish the photo of the t-shirt wasn't blurry. Probably going to order it soon, and of course awaiting the album on vinyl. Once the bandcamp stream is up, I should be able to survive until the vinyl version is released.


I took the photos at night without flash so they sort of look too dark. They look great in real life.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shirt ordered. Any projected date for the LP?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

morfumax wrote:
Shirt ordered. Any projected date for the LP?


I just picked up the test presses today.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hell yes. CD ordered. Thank you!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now streaming in full:

https://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/a-merging-to-the-boundless
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IXTAB wrote:
Now streaming in full:

https://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/a-merging-to-the-boundless


Also available for $5 download.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CD/Shirt bundle ordered!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Solid album. Just listened to the stream. A worthy album for purchase.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only listened a couple of times, but this is really good progressive death metal. Some really cool melodies. Looking forward to spending more time with it.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really killer album!!! Eager to spin in real!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Scream That Tore the Sky lp is now available from Parasitic Records.
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