Donquièstar Released Half Heroic Point Zero on February 7, which features 12 songs that showcase not only the power of electronic but a cascade of other genres as well. From punk rock to psychedelic. Songs like “Mox Box,” “Melvin’s Choice,” and “Jammin’ Endocrysos” really capture the essence of who Donquièstar is as an artist; authentic. Currently Donquièstar is working on composing and producing more pieces, as well as focusing some energy on getting some tour dates booked. And with a lot behind and ahead, there is much to be heard on this album of twelve techno-thrash gems. You can’t deny these cuts their due release, any more than Donquièstar couldn’t hesitate to release them. They waste no time starting with “A Day Away The Night Okay” which is an odd title itself, but then it’s no ordinary music either, like a lot of EDM and the like being pushed as today’s electronic force to reckon with. This sticks to a more progressive approach of essentially the same thing though. It’s just better than any EDM I’ve been hearing lately. This track opens with top marks and the rest doesn’t fall far from this tree of wire. And the rest holds its own right along with it.
“Mox Box” “Cold CarnavalGotic XI” along with the cosmic “Mystomaniac” all have compelling moments to keep you either dancing or driving, or both. It’s not the best for relaxing to, but it doesn’t disturb either. It’s just doing this kind thing with the utmost care, with the latter probably taking the proverbial cake. It’s in the running with the opener for my favorite track. And you get the feeling you’ve heard some of this music before but can’t put a finger on it. That’s a ring of familiarity that keeps you hooked whether you care to identify it, or not. It’s all over this album.
On “TT Success” you get a higher society vibe and it comes out as if there are vocals preaching this message to you, but you never hear them. It’s like the robots came alive and a band is born out of their parts. They have a memorable wisdom to them for electronic music, and that is a compliment to Donquièstar. “Inmind” is another great moment to be heard with its creepy inflections that darken the sound a little and keep it thrashing about. It’s followed by the fun of “Melvin’s Choice” which is a chunkier but more vibrant piece that stands out among all of these jams as one of the finest. It rocks. But there’s twelve in all and some other spiffy jams on offer are “Cyberdogson’s Village” with its smoldering hook and continuous blast beats. Or the supreme sounds of “Jack Huslte’s Sixth Dream” which sounds almost like an indie steam punk opera. This is another highlight of the disc, with no question. And “Weird Zience” even gets a nod for its overall bigness. But everyone’s mileage varies and some don’t even get off on electronica, it’s just that Donquièstar clearly shows an awareness of that and does a good job bringing any listener around when it boils down to it. And there is not one bad track to choose out of the whole stack on this release.