There are a lot of things that keep a band fresh. One of them is by keeping themselves mysterious and open for imagination. There are also quite a few sections that make a band feel repetitive, such as including electronic parts. Starset take a lot of the good and bad elements, but somehow manage to make it sound very climactic. Labelling themselves as ‘Cinematic Rock’ shows a sense of delusion, as the only thing that seems to make them cinematic is the whole story/message underlining under each song.
The songs themselves though are a shining light in today’s modern rock world, with so much focus on the structure and instrumentation making the tracks more of a team effort than seem one sided. Taking a page out of Linkin Park and Dangerkids‘ books, they have the electronic atmosphere followed with a near-orchestral backing. Tracks like ‘Down With The Fallen’ show this off well, but the screaming parts just make the band feel a lot more generic and toned into the rest of the bands of today.
The guitar/violin mixture in ‘Carnivore’ also makes for a pleasant combination, with many key elements and mixing making each individual instrument stand out. One thing that’s also noticeable about the album tracks is that there’s around fifteen seconds, going on up to a minute of just filler at the end. Again, it shows off the more cinematic side of what this band is placed into via genre, but after the first few tracks, if you’re not in to the whole idea of concept bands/albums, the authenticity is lost on you.
The vocals are one of the best things about this entire album. It mixes a lot of different keys and elements in each song. Further along the album the tracks take a lot more of a rock-entrancing and darker tone. ‘My Demons’ is the pinnacle of this statement, as the song focuses more on the main instruments and less on the programming and classical ensemble.
In the end, Starset are one of those bands that will absolutely go far if they get the right backing and endorsements, and tours from record labels and the people they work with. The small problem is that the music they have out can be classed itself as something that people have already heard before in the shape of other bands. Their only way to make themselves a lot more known is if they’re able to take their similar counterparts out of the competition, or put their absolute all into making themselves the next best thing.
Written by Josh Palmer
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