Review: Celldweller – Wish Upon A Blackstar

Celldweller has successfully managed to press all his influences together and still maintain a unique identity…”

Artist Name: Celldweller
Album Name: Wish upon a Blackstar
Year: 2012
Genre:
Dubstep/Electro/Industrial Rock
Label: FiXT

The hybrid of electro, rock and dubstep is getting old now (seriously, the bandwagon is full; catch another). However, despite the disposable nature of this latest musical fad, Celldweller’s sophomore album, Wish upon a Blackstar, is a refreshing LP – full of character and clout.

Not only is Celldweller channelling the electronic fury of heavyweights such as Skrillex, Pendulum, Knife Party, Deathface and The Prodigy, but he’s also digging deep into industrial rock waters, fishing out fragments of Pitchshifter, Filter, Dope and Stabbing Westward. The resultant sound is one which is aggressive, forceful, and dark in atmosphere – even trance-like in the case of ‘It Makes No Difference Who We Are’ and ‘The Seven Sisters’.

Throughout the album, constant reference is made to the theme of a “black star”, which, combined with the artwork, adds a sci-fi quality to the narrative. From the outside, it may seem slightly cheesy and passé – but when you get into it, it’s all quite entertaining, really.

Running through the 16 tracks, there are a couple of songs that really stick out from the rest, namely: ‘Unshakeable’, a scrumptious single that accurately describes the song’s residing value; ‘I Can’t Wait’, an electronic-industrial juggernaut of a song; ‘Louder than Words’, a rhythmically insane number which takes over your body and makes it a dancing puppet; ‘The Lucky One’, a complete psycho electro circus; the enigmatic charmer ‘The Seven Sisters’, and the unapologetic, 90s Eurodance-laden ‘Blackstar’.

In closing, if your taste isn’t limited to one genre, you’ll appreciate the sonic boom of Wish upon a Blackstar. It’s solid proof that Celldweller has successfully managed to press all his influences together and still maintain a unique identity. Quality.

Best Tracks: ‘Unshakeable’, ‘Louder than Words’, and ‘The Lucky One’

79/100

- Sergio Pereira

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Written by Sergio Pereira