STARBYNARY – DIVINA COMMEDIA – PURGATORIO – ART GATES
The best thing this girl can say about Starbynary is that a couple of the guys have sexy long hair. That is, erm, about it.
To cut to the chase this album is problematic in a multitude of ways. The Italian band tries its hand at everything and none of it is done too well. The album is a concept based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy one supposes, but the lyrics and story are secondary to how the band attempts at Cradle of Filth style cringe, prog, speed metal, symphonic rock and everything in-between. Singer Joe Caggianelli is the weakest link. His tonality and weak range make him unsuitable to be a singer. He is not a good singer and to such an extent that by the time the female vocals kick in one is appreciative for the relief. On The Shores Of Purgatory and In The Smoke begin heavily, but quickly succumb to the band’s potpourri of styles. Running And Screaming often hints at pop music. Blindness has catchy moments, but again who knows? It is all over the place. Think about it. You will get tired.
Starbynary needs a new singer, a new approach, better riffs and some cohesion. – Sheila Wes Det