Starsoup are a band from Russia that plays a mixture of power and progressive metal and rock and this is a review of their 2013 album "Bazaar Of Wonders" which was released by Sublimity Records.
"Angels" which is also the first song on the album opens up with soft sounding keyboards before adding in drums and melodic guitar riffs and leads which are also heavy at the same time and then the music goes into a cleaner direction along with some melodic vocals and then the music starts alternating between heavy and soft parts as well as adding in more solos and leads and adding in a small amount of aggressive vocals and the song closes with elements of progressive rock.
"Ain't No Superman" begins with progressive rock style guitar riffs and leads before adding in drums, bass guitars and heavier parts and then a few seconds later melodic vocals kick in and after awhile the vocals start utilizing some nu metal elements as well as the song getting more heavy.
"Try" starts up with keyboards and acoustic guitars along with drum beats and melodic vocals and a minute later heavy guitar riffs are added into the song and then the music starts to alternate between soft and heavy parts as well as adding in some guitar leads and solos and you can also hear bass guitars in the background.
"Cradle Of War" opens up with classical guitars and keyboards and a few seconds later vocals start to kick in and a few seconds later saxophones start to kick in and a couple of minutes later heavy and melodic guitar riffs and drums kick in and the music goes more into a power/progressive metal direction and you can hear bass guitars in the background as well as a brief use of guitar solos and leads.
"Rumors Of Better Life" kicks in with soft classical guitar playing and then the vocals start to kick in along with some regular acoustic guitars and a minute later progressive rock style keyboards start making their way into the song.
"Past Bites" is introduced with space sounds before adding in drums along with heavy and melodic guitar riffs as well as some guitar solos and leads and then the vocals start to kick in along with background synths and then the music starts to alternate between clean and heavy parts.
"The City And the Stars" is brought in with acoustic guitars, guitar leads, bass and drum beats and a few seconds later vocals kick in and the song sticks to an 80's style power ballad mode throughout the song.
"Bazaar" which is also the title track opens up with ethnic folk music sounds and keyboards and then drums, heavy and melodic guitar riffs start to kick in along with prog sounds and you can also hear bass guitars in the background before the solos and leads start to kick in and then acoustic guitars become a part of the song and during the last minute Gregorian choirs start to kick in.
"Voices In the Wind" makes its way in with soft keyboard playing and a few seconds alter melodic vocals kick in along with some background choirs and the song is a very short ballad under 3 minutes.
"Road To Sunset" finds it way in with acoustic guitars, drum beats, guitar leads and saxophones before adding in vocals and the song is another ballad and is only 4 minutes long at the most and is very simple and basic.
"Perfect Loser" has its start with progressive rock style keyboards and heavy guitar riffs as well as some drums and a few seconds later vocals start to kick in along with some heavy guitar riffs and after a couple of minutes guitar and bass solos and leads start to come in and out of the song.
"Rain In The Desert" which is also the last song on the album begins with nature sounds and then keyboards start to kick in and the song is all instrumental.
Song lyrics cover science fiction, love, reality, and politics, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound to it where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Starsoup are a very great sounding mixture of power metal and progressive rock and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Angels" "Try" "Past Bites" and "Perfect Loser". RECOMMENDED BUY.