Area: Columbus, Ohio
Date of release: August 16th
Record Label: Fearless Records
For Fans Of: Asking Alexandria, I See Stars, Issues, Bring Me the Horizon
"Is my fate silver-lined? I always was the optimist
But I never thought of this
Stuck in this state, misaligned"
Look to the stars and open up your channels of transmission ladies and gentlemen, Starset are back with another sci-fi laden story for all fans new and old. Sonically accompanied by the perfect contrast of heavy and soft musical elements, ‘Manifest’ knocks the ball out of the park and into the stratosphere.
Originating from Columbus, Ohio, Starset are no strangers to telling stories through their visual and musical creations based on their affinity for the cosmos. Additionally, their marketing is tailor-made to send their fans wild, as their current website has undergone a massive aesthetic overhaul that really suits the band’s overall image and story. Even things as simple as saying their songs are ‘available for broadcast’ gets a giddy nod of approval from me.
Now, if I’m being honest, it took me a few moments to really understand what Starset were going for in ‘Manifest’. Not being well-versed in their music beforehand, which I regret because there are some bangers littered in their discography, I wasn’t immediately able to grasp their sound.
After letting the clean intro, chunky as hell guitars and some of the electronics process for a minute or so, I had a firmer idea of what was going on and really started to appreciate this song as a whole. I’m often far too dismissive of rock bands that have a tendency to hide behind a veil of pop music, as the vocals initially caused more of an eye roll than anything for me. However, the song flows really well thanks to its structure and the instruments do enough to balance out the soft foundation laid by vocalist, Dustin Bates. In saying that, Dustin has an incredible voice, his technique and effective use of hooks helped with turning the tide on my original opinion.
On another note, it’s great that Starset have achieved a solid amount of success doing what they’ve done so far. Their music videos are very visually appealing and their sound is finely tuned to be both accessible and enjoyable. Highly recommended if you’re into the new wave of metalcore music and space, space is dope.
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) 4/5
Personal Enjoyment: 8/10