Stellar Vector â€“ A Flock of Cowards (CD)
â€œBuffalo Jumpâ€ is how many individuals will be introduced to Stellar Vector, and the band is able to take a very strong step forward with the song. The act bounces back and forth between hard rock (Static-X, Him, MSI) and an electronic approach to thinks. These two sides give Stellar Vector a unique sound that is further expounded upon with each subsequent track on â€œA Flock of Cowardsâ€. â€œLacking Self Controlâ€ is an oddly-paced track that further showcases the bandâ€™s experimental nature. Where there is a more carnival feel to pieces of the track, the rock side of the band touches upon Papa Roach and Buchcherry just as much as Ozzy Osbourne and Pink Floyd.
â€œA Flock of Cowardsâ€ takes another direction when â€œWill Sans Fearâ€ begins. This means that the band links together goth, psychedelic, and new wave genres into a miniature epic that feeds nicely into the titular track. â€œThe Flock of Cowardsâ€ trades in the psychedelic flair of â€œWill Sans Fearâ€ for a sweater and thick-rimmed glasses; Stellar Vector moves into a Death Cab For Cutie type of emotive rock and keeps things fresh with a dollop of early-nineties alternative music. The variety of the different experiences on â€œA Flock of Cowardsâ€ will take listeners on a ride that continues until the end of â€œThe Not So Hidden Songâ€, and is a true testament to how talented each member of the band truly is. â€œFall-outâ€ is an expansive bit of progressive rock that is of note not only because of how intense it may be, but because it really revitalizes what many think is a fairly dead genre.
The vocals on â€œFall-outâ€ struggle with the guitars for dominance, while the time-keeping drums become gradually more chaotic as the track spins on. Where listeners will be able to pull out a solid experience from a surface listen of â€œA Flock of Cowardsâ€, Stellar Vector have hidden themselves in countless nooks and crannies that will only reveal themselves with continued listening. Pick this album up today.
Top Tracks: Buffalo Jump, Lacking Self Control