|Review: Starlight - Constellation|
Label: Stormspell Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: July 16, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Starlight is a Swedish band doing what Swedish bands do and reaching back to the '80s for inspiration on their debut, Constellation. Sadly, they aren't doing it very well and Constellation is a bit of a chore to sit through. The vocals are the first sore spot as the singer is giving it his all but his all isn't enough. He's off-key a lot and while his screams are good, the rest of his delivery is dull. Musically, this is sort of early Helloween-inspired power/speed metal but where Walls of Jericho had solid playing in a substandard production, Constellation's playing matches the uninspired sound. The riffs are standard and the solos faceless and bland (and a split second late coming in more than once). This album sounds like a demo and strangely, the demo version of "Starlight Warriors" has more power and a clearer sound than the "album" version. I won't say Starlight doesn't have a good album in them, but I will say Constellation isn't it.
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