|Review: Stargazery - Stars Aligned|
Label: Pure Legend Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock
Review online: April 11, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (12 Votes)
Stargazery is Finnish guitarist Pete Ahonen’s least metal project and Stars Aligned is the band’s second album of overly glossy and minimally substantive music. As with the debut back in 2011, the Stargazery crew concern themselves with ultra-melodic hard rock/heavy metal played with impeccable precision. There are guitars and keys in equal measure though Ahonen makes sure the former is center stage when the time comes for the solos. Musically, Stars Aligned is like a combination of Silent Force-style Power Metal with early Skid Row mainstream sensibilities but less engaging than either. The songwriting is entirely derivative of those bands (and others like them) and is analogous to cotton candy. On first blush everything looks great but the minute dive in you realize it’s all style and no substance and by the time you finish you realize there was almost nothing there. Not much worth remembering, anyway. Stars Aligned is well played and has great sound but is so utterly bland and faceless I can’t imagine anyone getting much enjoyment from it.
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