Finnish sextet Star Insight put out their full-length debut in August with "Messera". After listening, I am still not quite sure exactly where the band fits in genre-wise. They are billed as a symphonic melodic band, which is definitely apparent in certain points throughout the album. Yet there is also a very heavy influence from The Kovenant with lots of programming and synthesized melodies. There is some identity on standouts like "Emanuela", "Raven and Hell" and "My Time is Out". Album closer "Poem of Misery" follows the formula of bands like Sirenia and Epica with female fronted vocals. I would have enjoyed this album much more if the band had put their own stamp on things rather than emulating The Kovenant, though they do list them as a heavy influence in interviews. That being said though, the album is not without merit. The act is incredibly talented at their instruments and the vocals are spot on and well done, whether it be clean, melodic style or harsh, barked vocals. The production is first class and allows all the elements to shine together cohesively. In the end, the album is worth a listen and hopefully the next release will show the band flexing their own muscle.
About this Writer: Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.
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