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Album Review

Cinematic sci-fi rockers Starset deliver their debut Transmissions, a concept album brimming with ambition and detail. Under the directive of a character named Dr. Ashton Wise, the Ohio-based band claims to be acting as the mouthpiece for the Starset Society, a fictional collective whose aim is to publish major scientific discoveries that have been silenced by the government and other agents. The album is centered around a supposed transmission of human origin that was broadcast from the constellation Ophiuchus, which foretells the future and demise of mankind. Led by charismatic frontman Dustin Bates (frontman for Downplay), Starset set up an elaborate online presence (complete with scientific videos, documents, links to shadowy agencies, etc.) leading up to the album's eventual release. The first two singles, "Carnivore" and "My Demons," appeared in 2013, introducing the band's dramatic style, which includes electronic elements, strings, heavy alt-rock, and more mysterious samples than an entire season of X-Files.

Customer Reviews

New Favorite Band

Okay… So I had never heard of this band before, and I was looking for new music to add to my library. I am not into that hipster stuff, and was honestly looking for some new rock music. I saw the image of their album and thought it looked really cool, so I clicked on it, not expecting much. I listened to their top rated song and thought it was really cool, so I bought the album. Oh. My. Gosh. I am in LOVE with the entire album!! It has the perfect mix of everything I love. I love the almost ambient techno/futuristic sounds implemented into each song. (I'm a big Halo nerd, as well as Mass Effect). I pictured their music perfectly to these video games. It also has a perfect ratio of hard songs with some screaming (love it) as well as some slow, melodic songs that are entrancing. I am going to tell everyone I know about this band, and I can't wait to see what else they come up with. I usually will only like one or two songs on any album I buy, but with Starset, I love EVERY song. It's hard to make a decision on which one is the best, and they all sound drastically different, yet it is all cohesive. I hope I get to see them live and up close one day!!


I instantly fell in love with this band when I first heard My Demons months ago. I recently saw them at Pain in the Grass & heard a good chunk of this album live. IT WAS AMAZING. Afterwards, I was able to talk with Adam (drummer) & he gave me more insight on this album. He says they wanted to take this album all the way; go all in; then recommended I go listen to the preview on here. I'M SO GLAD I DID. I'm already excited for this album, but now... oh, man... *pre-ordered*

Simply amazing.

I heard them when "Carnivore" was released, and have come a long way. I can't wait for this album to be released!


Formed: 2013 in Columbus, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '10s

Describing their sound as "Cinematic Rock," Starset is a stylistically ambitious rock band from Columbus, Ohio formed by Dustin Bates, best known as the lead singer with the group Downplay. Starset have constructed an elaborate mythos surrounding themselves (as detailed on their website and shared through their social media posts), in which they insist they were recruited by one Dr. Ashton Wise of the Starset Society to spread awareness of scientific phenomena that has been ignored or hidden from...
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