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Surface of Last Scattering

by Ad Astra

Symphonic progressive rock.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Surface of Last Scattering
11:01 $0.99
2. Lament
6:52 $0.99
3. Cradle to Grave to Life (Grief)
9:21 $0.99
4. Cradle to Grave to Life (Recognition)
7:24 $0.99
5. Cradle to Grave to Life (Redemption)
4:35 $0.99
6. A Gift of Peace
1:44 $0.99
7. Pathways
9:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
Progressive rock band Ad Astra returns with Surface of Last Scattering. Led by Doug Bowers (music), and Christopher Flynn (lyrics) the material is classic Ad Astra, with all the dreamy, melodic and cinematic elements that fans around the globe have learned to love over the years. However, this incarnation of the band mixes it up with adding elements of physics, stellar cartography and church liturgy that place this album somewhere in between the late 60's proto prog and the new generation of art rock.

Ad Astra is a progressive rock band cut from the legends of the 1970's. Bands like Yes, Ambrosia, PFM, Alan Parson's Project, Genesis, Flower Kings. We believe in growth and stretching our compositions. Each Ad Astra release is a new creation. Decidedly differing from the previous release, yet maintaining continuity of character and purpose.

Comprised of two writers Doug Bowers (keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars and lead vocals) and Christopher Flynn (6 & 12 string guitars and vocals) together with superb musicians:
Henry Jablonski (bass and vocals)
Chuck Tidwell (lead guitars)
Mitch Rall (percussion)
Create Ad Astra’s Surface of Last Scattering as a modern prog release. You'll find tasty synth layering, strong lead and harmony vocals, thought provoking lyrics, ripping lead guitars and driving bass lines within.

Surface of Last Scattering - The title track for the project is an effort to see the surface and the beyond to the truth behind the first glance. This piece combines physics, meteorology and church liturgy to find out where we finally join together as a single entity in creation.

Lament - Asks the question “How Long?”, yet doesn't leave the listener without hope.

Cradle to Grave to Life - Is a triptych, a three part tour de force. From grief to recognition to renewal this tune takes you through the process of redemption.

A Gift of Peace - Doug's instrumental that beautifully that transitions into the depths of Pathways.

Pathways - Originally written as an expression of grief over the loss of our fathers. Pathways tells the story coming to terms with loss. The Reverend John Shoaf provided the music and melody to the lyrics while Doug provided the definitive progressive rock statement of the song.

Surface of Last Scattering was recorded by Doug Bowers at Three in One Studios.
Arranged by Us and mastered by Gene Crout at Audio Digital Studios.
Photography, layout and design by Christopher Flynn at Trout Studios.



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Ad Astra - Surface of Last Scattering
In substance, AD ASTRA is confirmed by partnership of Doug Bowers (lead vocals, keys, guitars, drums) and Christopher Flynn (6 & 12 string guitars, backing/harmony vox). For their second CD, a founding duo enlisted the support from Henry Jablonski (b/v, bass), Chuck Tidwell (guitar), Mitch Rall (percussion), Jeremy Ribando (operatic voice). This collective focus their talents on recreating the magical flavour of the Golden 70's era. Occasionally we can hear the obscure tinges to Fantasy, Uriah Heep, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Camel, Atomic Rooster, Paladin etc. Despite that, the new record of Ad Astra possesses its own character. What do you assume to find on the disk? There are multi-layered keyboard tapestries amid hard guitar riffs, mingled to crisp rhythm section. The emotionally charged singing compliments masterly instrumental arrangements. The spiritual lyrics provide a special feel. Everything sounds deep, and the further you dig the more addictive. The opening track, ‘Surface Of Last Scattering’, is a rite of passage for the album's name. Contrasting factors move from the gentle piano playing to mid-paced rock, from complex hooks to soft, placid pieces. Next up, ‘Lament’, is also profound chapter which holds a plenty of distinctive merits. Accessible melodies and rhythm changes are nicely fitted in composition. Subsequently, a trilogy suite ''Cradle to Grave to Life' continues the journey in challenging path. At over 21 minutes, this epic is comprised of ‘Grief’ / ‘Recognition’ / ‘Redemption’, where different parts segue into each other; and it's difficult to tell which one is the most impressive. They all romp through the musical landscape flawlessly, without resorting to cliché or pastiche…Then things settle down into a pastoral atmosphere, to mesmerize you. Just close your eyes and pretend that ‘A Gift Of Peace’ is a lost Genesis collectible (circa Anthony Phillips time). Sheer excellence! The album finishes off in a terrific way with ‘Pathways.’ The compelling presentation builds up into a proper farewell... And now I’m ready to give you only one advice: buy this excellent prog-release.