Starset
HORIZONS


4.5
superb

Review

by Tyler W. CONTRIBUTOR (62 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2021 | 45 replies


Release Date: 10/22/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A lyrical dystopia in a musical utopia

After moving further and further into the realm of electronic rock/metal with each release, STARSET takes a step back on HORIZONS and brings back the cinematic, conceptual sound of their former years. After a slight misstep with their previous record, STARSET rises from the dip in quality with their newest record. HORIZONS acts as the perfect intervention of their progression with a return of their previous elements and concepts.

Mixing their new electronic style with their old cinematic theatrics, HORIZONS is a brilliant blend of orchestral composition and programmed synthesizers. In tracks like “ALCHEMY,” the verses are dominated by pulsating bass and synths full of groove while the choruses erupt with dramatic orchestration filled with emotion and power. This dynamic flows fluidly throughout the record, forming a balance between the modern electronic structure of DIVISIONS and the theatrical, cinematic rock of Transmissions. With HORIZONS, STARSET continues to delve deeper into the heavier elements of their last record, crafting groovy, aggressive riffs throughout the record. “ICARUS” and “DEVOLUTION” are saturated with intense guitar work, deep basslines, and driving drum chops that elevate these tracks as some of the heaviest among STARSET’s discography. Even the more melodically focused songs like “THE BREACH” and “LEAVING THIS WORLD BEHIND” integrate more metal-centric elements by including breakdowns and riff grooves that are rather unique to the band’s sound. However, despite the increase in aggression, there are still several moments of pure melodic beauty. Songs like “DISAPPEAR” and “SOMETHING WICKED” slowly progress from softer verses into an explosion of epic choruses and beautifully constructed bridges. Throughout HORIZONS, STARSET manages to seamlessly transition between melody and aggression while keeping the flow of the record intact and entertaining.

As with their other albums, HORIZONS follows a lyrical concept on the synthetic methods of escaping one’s own reality. With each track, listeners follow a story filled with pain, love (or broken love), triumph and descent, progress and regression. The story revolves around the idea that there is technology to escape your life and live someone else’s. With the initial cries of “Follow me!” in “THE BREACH,” the technology feels captivating and delightful. However, as the story progresses, and as each interlude of the tracks gathers a more solemn tone against the concept, more is revealed that is detrimental to human society. With references to mythological disasters as in “ICARUS,” the technology’s flaws begin to shine through as something that only leads to catastrophe. With the final calls for anarchy against the “INFECTION” and what would be classified as “SOMETHING WICKED,” STARSET paints a dramatic picture of revolution against what was once praised as an escape.

Although STARSET seemed to be falling into monotony and unoriginality, HORIZONS displays the band taking the successes of their past sound and integrating them flawlessly with their new style. With their fourth full length, the band has officially crafted the pinnacle of their discography, providing listeners with a record full of catchy hooks, heavy riffs, and an engaging storyline.



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tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2021


2802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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Absolutely loved this record way more than I was expecting to. Wasn't expecting much after their last one, but this blew it (and the majority of their discography) out of the water

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Lucman
October 22nd 2021


5386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yessss! Awesome to hear Starset are back.

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2021


2802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's so great having them return to their older style of cinematic focus rather than just electronic... makes this album way better than most of their stuff

Emim
October 22nd 2021


31599 Comments


Doubt this will do much for me, but I'll give it a listen.

bgillesp
October 22nd 2021


7995 Comments


Before I check this, tell me what you gave Transmissions/how does this compare? I dug their first couple singles back in HS but didn’t get into much past that

Purpl3Spartan
October 22nd 2021


2273 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I have my doubts Ty but I might check this cause you're a legend

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nightbringer
October 22nd 2021


2403 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Just sounds like terrible radio alt rock to me =/

Tundra
October 22nd 2021


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

tru

Toondude10
October 22nd 2021


14762 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Starset cock worshipers are back in full force it seems

Lucman
October 22nd 2021


5386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is much better than Divisions. Not sure how I feel completely yet or whether it's up there with their first two.

Aerisavion
October 22nd 2021


3145 Comments


Fuck, really?

I was intrigued but no way expecting that rating.

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2021


2802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tis I, the Starset cock worshipper

idk, it might be initial hype for being far better than Divisions, but this clicked with me a lot and the whole album feels really solid to me... might bump down to a 4 at some point but not right now

patrickbuit
October 22nd 2021


134 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Album owns imo

bloc
October 22nd 2021


67595 Comments


Never heard of these guys before, will check

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AaroN911
October 22nd 2021


3369 Comments


never been into this band, will this one change my mind?

bloc
October 22nd 2021


67595 Comments


I searched the band on Spotify and saw that the band pic has two hot women with their midriffs showing so I basically typed my last comment with my penis

CriticalMyth
October 22nd 2021


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Big step up from Divisions. It has the same overall production style of Divisions, but the songs are a lot stronger overall. I'd still say that Vessels is my favorite overall, as I preferred that production style better, but this is still a step back in the right direction.

MeatWolf
October 22nd 2021


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great record, beautiful, calm and mellow in the good sense of the word, actually maybe this is the album from Starset I like the most at the moment.

Tundra
October 22nd 2021


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is the breaking benjamin of this decade

Toondude10
October 22nd 2021


14762 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

4 songs in and this is just pathetic



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