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Dustin Bates – Vocals & Keyboards
Ron DeChant – Bass & Keyboards
Brock Richards – Guitar
Adam Gilbert – Drums
Transmission received. Starset’s new sonic codex, Vessels, builds upon a schema where futurism has become fact and imagination is opportunity. The sophomore release from Starset is a data-stream-rendered-in-sound where Dustin Bates’ plaintive howl becomes the deus-ex-machina in an age of information overload.
Where Starset’s 2014 debut, Transmissions, introduced not only Starset but also The Starset Society, a shadowy, Anonymous-like group of real-world rooted scientists admonishing the dangers of technology and dystopia gone amuck. Now, just a mere two years later, we’re seeing Bates’ scientific speculation become science fact. The lyrical themes of exo-planet discovery and colonization and the impact of rapid advances in technology including 3-D printing are proving Starset a truly visionary multi-media collective.
While Transmissions was indeed a landmark album, selling in excess of a quarter million records, propelled by singles including the unforgettable “My Demons”, Bates approached Vessel with a singular intent on pushing boundaries.
Once again produced by Rob Graves (Halestorm, Red) and mixed by Ben Grosse (Breaking Benjamin, Filter) the results speak for themselves. From the atmospheric “Back To The Earth” to the driving hooks of the album’s first single, “Monster” to the catchy, nearly progressive moments of “Frequency”, Dustin has succeeded in escaping the gravity of formula radio rock and has reimagined his genre-defying vision as an arena where Hans Zimmer interfaces with Radiohead and Trent Reznor.
Where Transmissions’ over-arcing concept focused on a message from the planet Prox, a future haven from a dying Earth, Vessel splits its narrative into an interconnected interzone of several dangerous visions. From a return to Prox to an admonishment of the dangers of genetic engineering to a near future where advances in artificial intelligence defy convenient notions of love, life and death, Bates has engineered an aural anthology that will challenge the Starset faithful while delivering on the first album’s powerful promise.
What began as a near-planetary collision of sound, vision and iconoclastic ideologies inspired by the likes of Nikola Tesla and Ray Kurzweil. (AKA: The Father of Singularity) has taken a bold step forward with Vessels. Starset’s message has been received and downloaded. Transmission complete.