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Astrid Pröll

by Astrid Pröll

A hallucinating journey of epic proportions through frenetic rythms and blissful noise. A true Kraut/space/prog Rock gem from Puerto Rico.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Pröll 1
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2. Catastrofe
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3. Perro Negro
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4. Disidente
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5. Origenes del Movimiento
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6. Resistencia
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7. 88MHz
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8. Pröll 2
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9. Torso
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10. Laboratorio Grotowsky
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Formed in summer 2004 by 4 veterans of the local experimental music scene:Astrid Proll adds up to the new local avant-garde musical movement with a challenging and broad sound. The innevitable conclusion of more than 15 years of musical career. Agustin "Chito" Criollo on Bass guitar, Synths and Vocals; Georgie Castro-Ramirez on Guitars and Alto Sax; Andres Lugo on Synths, Prepared Guitars and Percussion and Fernando Rosado on Drums and Percussion compose this already notorious quartet of Experiemental Prog-Psyche Rock.
It is intended that Astrid Pröll's musical proposal, at times chaotic at times apocalyptic, mirrors the social and political reality that surrounds them. Their debut CD, released on the local indie label Noisex Records, depicts the cornerstone of all future AP's recordings blending some of the most visible influences of tha band together in a "Hallucinating Journey of Epic Proportions through Frenetic Rythms and Blissfull Noise..." This is only the beginning of a new cicle for these not-so-new performers from the local scene. An innevitable evolution towards a musical territory much more faithful to their music's reality. The developing of a work space that will be able to integrate the artist and his endevour. Be that as it may, we will always know it as Astrid Pröll.


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Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E - Zine

The listener will also find other heavy influences recalling bands such as "King
Here's Astrid Pröll, a noteworthy outfit hailing from Puerto Rico, and formed by some of the most experienced musicians from that country's scene. I must firstly say here this is the very first time I have got the chance of getting acquainted with a Puerto Rican Progressive Rock outfit so far. Otherwise, I confess the experience has been really worth for me. Well then, Astrid Pröll cut an interesting self-titled album last year. This one consists substantially of a guitar-driven sound exploring intricate themes where the listener will have a lot of surprises to be discovered all along. In spite of having the guitars overlording most of the sound here, there's no doubt about the musicians' greatness involved in this captivating and adventurous project. The music proposed by Astrid Pröll is richly developed when embracing the instrumentation where as the album features very skillful musicians in its original line-up, and also excellent guests' contributions. Due to that, I have hugely appreciated the inclusion of instruments like Saxophone, Fender Rhodes and Synthesizers, which helped diversify the sound structure of some pieces. In this case, the stuff was welcome mostly when coming to break the supremacy of the guitars whereas the band makes a strong use of them over its repertoire. Musically, I'd say the band's direction trends substantially toward the sphere of Progressive Music, but everyone could find strong clues of a Canterburian sound in some of its pieces. Along of that, no wonder if you happen to find some similarity to bands like "Soft Machine", "Matching Mole" and others from that fertile scene. Furthermore, when going on with this band's music, the listener will also find other heavy influences recalling bands such as "King Crimson", "Amon Düül" among others that blazed the trail. In a way, this is a sort of release to be checked out carefully so that the listener can take it as it really is. Not essential, but a worth effort indeed. The line-up of Astrid Pröll consists of the following members: Georgie Castro-Ramírez - Guitars, Tenor Saxophone, Agustín "Chito" Criollo - Bass, Guitars, Synthesizer & Vocals, Andrés Lugo - Prepared Guitar & Synthesizer, Fernando Rosado - Drums & Percussion. Guest musicians: Raúl Gaúd - Keyboards, Ariel Hernández - Noises, Bebo Rivera - Fender Rhodes and Milton Barreto - Alto Saxophone. This album is highly recommended for open-minded listeners overall.... (Comments By Sergio Motta)

Frecuencia Rock


Astrid Pröll es una banda de rock compuesta por músicos de trayectoria dentro de la escena subterránea local. Su trayectoria o “calle” es evidenciada en la profundidad de los arreglos y en la atención al detalle que presentan en esta, su primera producción discográfica. Su sonido se pasea entre el rock progresivo de los setentas, el rock experimental más corriente, la improvisación y el jazz.

El disco está compuesto por 10 temas, la mayoría instrumentales. Es precisamente en los temas instrumentales donde se encuentra el fuerte de Astrid Pröll. Especialmente en las piezas de larga duración, como “Disidente”, donde el guitarrista Georgie Castro Ramírez se convierte en el motor de la banda. “88Mhz”, es otro tema instrumental, este de 14 minutos de duración. Aquí atravesamos varios segmentos musicales o “temas”, culminando en una desgarradora sección que presenta a Castro en el saxofón, improvisando sobre una sección rítmica enganchada en una frase repetitiva y muy tensa. El ambient aislacionista de “Orígenes del Movimiento” da paso a la fantástica “Resistencia”, donde Astrid demuestra una leve influencia de bandas como Godspeed You! Black Emperor o Mogwai. Otros temas destacados son “Catastrofe” y “Torso”, que demuestran un sonido más inmediato y al punto.

En cambio, los dos temas que incluyen voz, “Pröll II” y “Perro Negro” son, en mi opinión, los menos atractivos del disco. Me parece que el impacto de esta excelente banda recae en su fuerza instrumental y en su conocimiento de improvisación. El disco debut de Astrid Pröll es uno de rock pesado sin llegar al Heavy Metal, es “experimental” sin pecar de aburrido y tampoco se permite caer en las redes del predecible y aburrido shoegaze que parece permear todo en estos días. Esperamos ver este disco entre los mejores del 2006, sin duda.

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Astrid Pröll s/t debut CD on Noisex Records
"...a band which with its debut album managed something quite earth-shattering and wonderful...
...The musicians playing in Astrid Pröll are very capable representants of their art form..."

Powerful!


Immediately engaging powerful music! A vicious blend...

James R. Yeowell

This album is exciting from start to finish and incorporates many different infl
Astrid Pröll are from Puerto Rico, which isn't exactly the music capital of the world, but with this release, which is their debut, self-titled album, you wouldn't think Puerto Rico's music scene was mainly confined to its own country. The band consists of musicians who have been playing music in Puerto Rico for the past 10 or more years, so I believe this helps the album sound as mature as it does. They have many influences, as is evident from this album, some of which are bands from the Canterbury Scene (jazz-fusion based music), the Post-Rock scene and even from the Chamber Rock and Avant-prog scene. However, one of the main influences I can hear in their music, is King Crimson (also an influence on many chamber rock bands), yet by no means does this mean they're a clone, far from it, infact. This album has lashings of smart progressive rock music, but with no clichéd elements that are often evident in that particular genre. The album is also not dated or retro, even with the clear influences they incorporate into their sound and is actually a breath of fresh air to the music world, in my opinion. The musicianship from Georgie Castro-Ramirez, Agustín "Chito" Criollo, Andrés Lugo and Fernando Rosado is excellent as well and they certainly do not make this sound like this is their debut album.
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So in conclusion I thoroughly recommend this album to anyone who loves music, especially those that are familiar with some of the genres I mentioned in my synopsis of this album above. It is smart music and exceptionally well played and they seem to know their audience as well. I look forward to hearing more of their material in the future and I sincerely hope they get to tour England one day, as I know they will be a tour de force when performing live. An exceptional band and an exceptional album and from the last place you would expect as well. A very good debut indeed. What more could you ask for?