STAR INSIGHT - Messera - CD - Inverse Records - 2014
We don't know if "comfortable" was what this Finnish band was
looking for, but that's what their debut album is. It's not bombastic,
aggressive, progressive, highly memorable or terribly original, but it is
comfortable. Messera starts as if it's already
been going on for a while, and then simply goes on.
Space-themed, thrashy, industrialized, blackened,
half-Gothic half-melodic-Death, Star Insight found a style they enjoy and
simply went along with it. While the guitars and drums are simple, the
keyboards are fairly inventive, and the songs (mostly mid-tempo, with an
occasional melodic line instead of growls) are well written.
It's nothing that you haven't heard before. Still, even if you are a
seasoned metalhead, you will probably want to hear Messera again. It has that special
"something." A bit of passion, a bit of
carelessness, and very little pretentiousness. It's honest. It's
nostalgic. It's what it is.
In fact, in Messera Star Insight delivers
moments that reminded us of those cult bands few have heard of and, in
retrospect, we can't quite understand why they never made it big: moments that
make you pay attention, moments in which you wonder with amazement, and moments
where you smile. And sometimes, something to make you smile is all you need.
Don't wait for it to be vintage - crop it now. (7/10)
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