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“Michael is a hard rock guitarist from the school of 80’s metal guitar gods and that’s all good in my book because 80’s metal rules.”
“New York guitarist Michael Staertow's solo release "Oxygen" is a disc of many moods and styles. Musically, "Oxygen" recalls such artists as Extreme and the Galatic Cowboys along with King's X in some areas.”
“The beauty of Rochester, NY guitarist/singer Michael Staertow (aside from his outstanding musical talent) is that he is not the least bit interested trying to jump aboard the trendy bandwagon for the sake of commercial success.”
“The new Michael Staertow CD "oxygen" is considered to be by many Michael's best work to date. The 11 track disc is a calculated and precise album that hints at many different styles of rock without getting overly friendly with any of them.”
“Michael Staertow's 11 track disc is a calculated and precise album that hints at many different styles of rock without getting overly friendly with any of them. With a keen sense of groove, Staertow lays the guitars down thick and rich”
“Rochester, NY's Michael Staertow's solo album is a rather unique hybrid of melodic metal of the 80's vein and modern heavy alt rock.”
“Staertow, formerly of the upstate-New York rockers Stag, is now cutting his musical teeth on his own material under his own moniker as a solo artist.”