Celldweller, Wish Upon A Blackstar, has rendered me nearly speechless. And that is no easy feat. The futristic electronic rock album, is created by multi-instrumentalist Klayton, who has been a song-writing front man for bands like Circle of Dust, Argyle Park and Angledust for many years. The album Wish Upon A Blackstar, has been in the works since 2008, and has been slowly released in chapters. And the last chapter has now arrived.
Before I begin, I would like to say that music is wonderfully subjective. Just like any form of art, there is not good or bad, there is only really context, perspective and opinion. In lieu of that, it is sometimes difficult to review an album, because under a different context, listened to by a different individual, an album may be viewed in another way... Now that I have laid out that disclaimer, I am going to brutally proceed with my own thoughts.
I am not sure that I really understand this genre of music. It allegedly incorporates the sounds of drum'n bass, electro and dubstep. Celldweller then meldes these beats with aggreisve metal and dark orchestral sounds. And yet to me it was part white noise, part seizuring video game and part cheap keyboard beat. Celldweller then occasionally overlays these gastly sounds with the cheesiest, fishnet-shirt wearing metal vocals in existence.
I could not help but to develop a henious migrain listening to this album. Admittedly, I am not crazy about a lot of techno music, but on occasion I can appreciate it. This genre of music does serve a purpose. It's rhymthic beats hynotise drug-fueled, public transport loitering adolescents into calm docile states, therefore saving tax payers hard earned money on sedatives. By that logic, bands like Celldweller are cleaning up our streets.
In Wish Upon A Black's defence, it is futristic as it bends genres and blends different sounds. This kind of music allows one escape into the imminent future, a kind of digital paradise. It is soundscape music.
That said, as I listened, I wished upon a blackstar that I could unhear it.
Review Score: 3 out of 10.