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Album Review: Starset – Vessels

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Recent months have shown us that old can be new. From Blink-182’s continued success with their hits “Bored to Death” and “She’s Out of her Mind” to the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac-like flow of J. Cole, our blended society comes to realize how great our glory days were. Sometimes, too, we find that just adding a little bit of current to a little bit of old can make familiar something new.

Cue Starset.

A futuristic electronic-rock band from Columbus, Ohio, Starset has been on the scene since 2013. Gaining a following from their first hit “My Demons” which peaked at #8 on the US Billboard chart (where it spent a total of 32 weeks), Starset is a welcoming blend of hard rock and electronic pop, not to mention powerful vocals from frontman and keyboardist, Dustin Bates. They have a heavy and distorted guitar with a mix of rock and electronic drums, a calming keyboard in the background, and electronic symphony that will put you in the cockpit of a spaceship, looking out the glass into the massive and uncharted void littered with far-away galaxies. Starset is the future in hard rock. They are taking already successful sounds and blending it with a new twist that could only be described as galactic, all the while taking us along with them in their story.

Unlike most bands, and not counting Coheed and Cambria, Starset has a backstory that they rarely venture away from (even during interviews). Easiest to describe and taken directly from their website (which, by the way, can be found here and needs to be visited), their mission is this:

“We have been commissioned by The Starset Society to spread broad awareness of The Message through music and media. The Message contains the knowledge necessary to spare the future of humanity, and we will do whatever we must to inform the public.

Please hold. STARSET will begin the TRANSMISSION of the Message to the public shortly.”

Starset is more than just a band. They’re an experience. Fans of hard rock will soon get a taste of their message. My prediction? They will become part of it. Vessels is available on iTunes for $7.99. for the price, the album is one hell of a value, and it is highly recommended! Satellite – The second track of the album sets the tone for what’s to come, and it’s one hell of a tune.Showcasing the near perfect and powerful vocals you would expect from heavy hitting rock bands such as Breaking Benjamin combined with the electronic style of Nine Inch Nails and Meteora-Era Linkin Park, Starset is sure to be riding this shooting star to the heavens.

5/5

Recommened tracks:
Ricochet
Satellite
Last To Fall

FFO:
Nine Inch Nails
Daft Punk
Linkin Park

Original review by Cameron Coolidge

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