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Within the vast universe is a band from Chicago, IL with multiple influences from metal to new age elements. Their sound includes strong female vocals, a blend of aggressive guitars and thundering bass overlaid with melodic keyboard of various sounds that are all supported by a solid rhythmic foundation.
The concept of the band's name is another name for the sun; that a celestial body with so much light and energy can exist within the vast darkness of space is intriguing, dark, and mysterious, much like the band's sound and entwined within the meaning behind the songs’ prolific lyrics. Astara has been on the radio, had favorable write ups, toured regionally, and has played with national acts such as Evanescence, The Pretty Reckless, Kill Switch Engage, Lamb of God, Huntress, Testament.
Bassist Mike and Keyboardist/Vocalist Rachel founded Astara with a play on the concepts of light and dark as contrast is the basis of their song writing. Rachel's love for music had stemmed from the poems she had written which turned into songs the concept behind the band’s name and many of the themes within the songs. The pair found their musical tastes to be very similar. They jammed a bit with other musicians and did a few different genres. Rachel brought her keyboard over and played a few melodic lines over the heavy riffs Mike had laid out. The contrast in their song writing styles instantly stuck leading to the the current sound of the project.