Even though Astroqueen first made their debut in the summer of 1998, the individual members played in a number of various metal bands throughout their scene of Gothenburg, Sweden. Johan Backman (drums), Mattias Wester (bass), Daniel Tolergård (guitar), and Daniel Änghede (guitar/vocals) were inspired to churn out their own fuzz of spaced-out '70s retro-metal that looked up to the likes of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Kyuss, and Soundgarden. After a handful of compilation appearances, Monster Zero Records released Astroqueen's debut EP in 1999. Following the 2000 self-released 7" Rufus the Space Agent, the band signed to Pavement Music that same year. Into Submission, the band's first full-length, appeared in spring 2001.
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