Album Review: Starset – Horizons

Starset are a very interesting band and one that I’ve been following for a couple of years now. Their music has a modern rock sound to it but the band stand out from the crowd by having a cello section present in their music, as well as the normal instruments you would expect with a rock band. The band also have a certain theme to their music which is carried over onto the new album, with Horizons expanding upon the The Starset Society motif running throughout their previous records.

By Jane Howkins

The songs on this record are best listened to in order at first, due to the concept of the album, although they can also be enjoyed separately later on. Horizons has a very theatrical feel to it, with the album feeling like a movie score at times. There are more electronic elements here (something the band has used before but not quite to this extent) and when mixed with the rock and cinematic moments, it all really sounds very unique to listen to. It also sounds a little poppier than previous works, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty here for rock fans to enjoy.

Frontman Dustin Bates has a fantastic vocal range and the choruses are really where he shines, with soaring vocals being the name of the game here. Unveiling The Architecture is the opening song and really sets the scene for the rest of the album, before kicking into The Breach, which has a big sci-fi theme to it. Earthrise has a very bittersweet feel to it, despite the upbeat nature of the song.

The orchestration is fantastic and the production quality sounds amazing, making for a very epic listen overall. Horizons is a triumphant return for Starset and shows just how fantastic they are as a band and it’s great to hear a rock band doing something so different from the norm. It’s a crying shame that they aren’t a bigger band yet but watch this space, as I predict good things for Starset’s future!