I'm completely stunned with DESTINE's latest album, 'Illuminate', that really throws the blinding spark of enchanting melodic rock outfit with a twist of modern element. They build a perfect bridge to accommodate both fans from the 80s and also the young generation of the 2000s. The balance composition of uptempo and energetic tracks to the ethereal ballads, from the midtempo sing-along tunes all the way to the crashing upbeat monsters made 'Illuminate' a strong contender to stay on top of the mind of this genre's fans.
'Four Leaf Clover' is a massive start but 'Stay' even kick the ball higher. The band swayed into a slower territory at 'All The People', a beautiful downtempo moment, not really their best offering but I find it's quite satisfying. 'Wait Forever' is flawlessly brilliant. I love everything from the splendid intro to the bombastic chorus. 'Thousand Miles' is another ballad pick and I think it's better than 'All The People'.
Onto the second half, I'm seeing an even better game played by the band. 'Unbreakable' is a solid fast-paced track, 'Best Kept Secret' has different vibe with a slow start before erupted with an awesome beat, and the last two tracks are definitely winners. The production is also great and some folks might think this band is too young and light for their taste, but sweet melodies are the main attraction here and if you're into that thing, 'Illuminate' is one of the best pick of this year!