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The Loveless : Star Rover

First let me scare off the Doom purists: This is not doom. Shoo, shoo! Nothing to see here!

Now that I have the attention of those who are still interested, let me start my review of 'Star Rover'. The Loveless is a band formed by the main body of musicians who left Saturnus a few years ago, including their main songwriter. That is also the reason why I decided to review this album, while the album is not doom at all. While the remaining members of Saturnus have not yet released anything to date, The Loveless came up with this interesting light-hearted melancholic rock album.

Yes, The Loveless decided to not continue on the path set by Saturnus. The last Saturnus album already hinted slightly towards a change, but it remained a solid death/doom release nevertheless. 'Star Rover' however has little to do with Doom or Metal, let alone a combination of the two.

'Star Rover' is one of those albums that is just too easy to listen too. The album overflows with melancholy and deals with topics such as lost loves, but it feels so comfortable. The music is like a warm blanket sheltering you. There are a few slightly doomy tracks, like for example 'I Fought it Back'. These slower songs make sure the listener remains focused on the fact that this is not meant to be a happy album and they should definitely appeal to Saturnus fans.

I however don't like to view The Loveless as a band that has any ties to Saturnus. I myself discovered them because I originally was a Saturnus fan, but the music and the emotions here stand on their own. The Loveless don't need reviews that constantly refer back to their previous band.

If you enjoy mellow laid back rock to wallow in misery with, then you need to check this. You can simply drift away and get lost in the music or your own thoughts. The music manages not to force its ideas upon you, making it possible for you to give your own interpretations to it and feel your own feelings. It's almost like it adapts itself to the listener. Which is a great quality to have. It however also means the music as such doesn't make a great statement. Brian's vocals also just need to be mentioned, they are so addictive! Kudos to you!

Anybody into more than just Doom-metal, anybody who wants to enjoy some high quality emo-rock/Goth Rock, needs to check out 'Star Rover'; Songs to dream away with, songs to dance to like the brilliant cover, 'Always There' (originally by Rose of Avalanche), and songs to wallow in misery with. The Loveless make sure there is something for everyone. The music may seem lightweight, but this is excellent song writing. For metal fans I can perhaps best compare it in a strange way to newer - post doom - Pyogenesis. The comparison is crude at best however. All I can say in the end is that I love this release and it's a great album to just chill out to, lost in your own thoughts.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Slipping
2. All the Same
3. I Fought it back
4. Always There
5. The Darker The Sky (The Brighter the Stars)
6. Deceiver
7. In Memoriam
8. Love Entombed
9. Follow

Duration : Approx. 50 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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