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Album Review

As Celldweller, Detroit-via-New York producer Klayton has molded a synthesis of several extreme musical forms, smashing the more aggressive elements of dubstep, drum'n'bass, and industrial into contemporary metal and arena rock. Wish Upon a Blackstar is Celldweller's magnum opus, a work in progress since 2004 and released in various chapters beginning in 2009 before finally culminating in a proper album release in 2012. So many years in the making and with such a grandiose array of styles, every last thing about the album screams "epic," from the blitzkrieg-loud production to the nonstop arrangements. Even the quieter songs are dense with layers of electronics, metal guitar riffs, and meshes of drum tracks, electronic and not. Songs like "Eon," "Birthright," and "Louder Than Words" are driven by Klayton's anguished vocals and extreme production aesthetic.

Customer Reviews


fricken love eon. 👊

One of my all-time favorite albums.

Celldweller’s Wish Upon a Backstar is the perfect combination of rock and various styles of EDM. It has energy, memorable melodies, powerful riffs, and engaging lyrics. I find it to be better than his first album (which was still pretty good), and my personal favorite tracks are Birthright and So Long Sentiment. Celldweller is truly something to behold, and is paralleled by few artists.


Simply genius on an entire different musical level. The feelings invoked from this album are none I have felt before.


Born: 1999 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Detroit-based industrial-metal musician Klayton (born Scott Albert) started his most well-known project, Celldweller, in 1999 following the dissolution of his previous bands Circle of Dust, Angeldust, and Argyle Park. Celldweller's self-titled debut album, an ambitious fusion of trance, drum'n'bass, metal, and alternative rock, appeared in 2003 on Position Music/Esion Media after four years of production and delays. The album was well-received by various online music communities, and eventually every...
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