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[[caption-width-right:350:[[ArcWords No price too great, no distance too far... for when you wish upon a Blackstar]]...]]

Celldweller is an award-winning American HeavyMetal[=/=]ElectronicMusic project, formed in 1999 in New York City, but now based in Detroit, Michigan. The project was formed by multi-instrumentalist, DJ and RecordProducer Scott "[[StageNames Klayton]]" Albert, who was once involved in several electronic music and IndustrialMetal projects, most notably Angeldust, a collaboration with renowned illusionist Criss Angel. To date, the project has spawned six studio albums, nine [=EPs=] and several successful singles.

Celldweller's music is incredibly diverse and multifaceted, and is commonly described as a fusion of HeavyMetal, trance, drum and bass, {{dubstep}}, and {{industrial}}, with [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly elements taken from many other heavy music genres]]. The project has also been classified as NuMetal and gains its pride as one of the {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s of the genre. Celldweller's music has frequently appeared in television shows, movies, and video games, more prominently appearing in ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' and ''NeedForSpeed''.

!!Members:
!!!Current Lineup
* [[IAmtheBand Scott "Klayton" Albert]], vocals, guitar, bass, programming, synthesizers, percussion (1999-present)
!!!Former Members
* Bret "Music/BlueStahli" Autrey - backing vocals, synthesizers, guitar, bass, percussion (2010-2011)
* Dale Van Norman - electric guitar, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals (2004-2005)
* Kemikal - bass guitar, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals (2004-2005)
* Cais - acoustic and electronic drums, percussion (2004-2005)
* Kenny James - acoustic and electronic drums, percussion (2004-2005)
* Del Cheetah - guitar, keyboards, percussion (2004-2005)
* Chris "Tweety" Cross - guitar, keyboards, percussion (2004-2005)

!!Celldweller provides examples of the following tropes:
* CapcomSequelStagnation: Not especially bad, but Klayton tends to remix and re-release his old songs often, and also includes fan-made remixes on albums.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Many of his songs have screams that seemingly pop out of nowhere, which can be very jarring for first-time listeners.
* CyberPunkIsTechno: As per IndustrialMetal tradition. There are plenty of exceptions, however.
* {{Elect|ronicMusic}}[[IndustrialMetal ronic]] [[AlternativeMetal Metal]]
* GenreRoulette: Switches regularly between vocal electronic/metal (''Celldweller'', ''Wish Upon A Blackstar'') and instrumental, epic-sounding tracks (''Soundtrack for the Voices In My Head'')
* IAmTheBand: Celldweller is Klayton's solo project, but guest musicians are brought in for live performances.
* JackOfAllStats: Klayton describes Celldweller's distinct style as this.
--> I never cared about being the best double bass drummer, or the fastest lead guitar player. Couldn't care less. My only desire was to learn different instruments well enough so I could get what I hear in my head onto tape.
* LongRunnerLineUp: It's been the same.... [[IAmTheBand one guy]] since 1999.
* LoudnessWar: His music lacks dynamic range (save for some works from the Soundtrack for the Voices in My Head series), and his later works are significantly louder than his earlier ones and certain tracks have horrendous clipping.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Klayton's music can cover the ''entire scale'', though his playing field is usually the 4-8 range. Occasionally, Celldweller's songs can go up to as high as 9 or 10, [[note]]One of his better-known songs, "One Good Reason", is the hardest unambiguously NuMetal song on the scale, ranking at a 10.[[/note]] or even 11. [[note]]His hardest song is arguably "First Person Shooter", which is currently the hardest dubstep song on the scale.[[/note]]
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Frequently described as a metal artist who draws inspiration from the most abrasive electronic music genres (drum and bass, dubstep, industrial, EBM, hard trance, noise, IDM and similar genres), though from song to song, Celldweller can vary between any combination of these genres. Fans usually classify him under AlternativeMetal and NuMetal, though his music sounds very little like the established stereotypes.
* NuMetal: Arguably one of the more [[EnsembleDarkhorse well-respected bands]] of [[TheScrappy the genre]].
* OutOfGenreExperience: "Shapeshifter," composed as a single with Styles of Beyond for [[VideoGame/NeedForSpeed Most Wanted]], is far more of a BoastfulRap than the thematic lyrics of Klayton's previous works. He then returns to his normal style afterwards.
* RealSongThemeTune: More than one. [[ItsPopularNowitSucks Some fans have begun complaining]] [[SongAssociation about the increasing ubiquity of his songs]].
* SignatureStyle: Chattering ElectronicMusic sounds influenced by trance, dubstep and noise fused with harsh, crunchy computer-manipulated guitar riffs and fast, aggressive drum and bass-inspired rhythms.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Music/LinkinPark, at least this was how LP was supposed to sound, had they stayed in NuMetal territory and took their musicality up a notch.

!! Tropes demonstrated by the Songs, Lyrics, and Music Videos
* AGodAmI: The narrator for "My Own Little World," though it's more of the god of "[[TitleDrop his own little world]]" than all of existence.
--> ''Welcome to a world where the air I breathe is mine''
-->''There's nothing to overwhelm me and nothing to cloud my mind''
-->''Be anyone, do anything I'd ever want to try!''
-->''Time doesn't exist here, I will never die!''
* ArcWords: Some lines repeated across the ''Blackstar'' album include:
** "It makes no difference who we are / for when you wish upon a Blackstar."
** "You're reaping what you sow."
** Variations on the narrator's "birthright."
* [[ConceptAlbum Attempted Concept Album]]: Klayton's Wish Upon a Blackstar epic is an attempt at a story with the lyrics and album covers, but it's ultimately too vague to tell a clear story. Thankfully, his blackstar epic has been turned into a [[Literature/{{Blackstar}} book]].
* AuthorAppeal: Schizophrenia apparently, given how many songs include lyrics about "voices in my head." In addition, Klayton has dedicated entire albums to those voices.
** Space, Klayton really, ''really'', '''''''really''''''' likes space.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The titular Blackstars grant wishes. However, the lyrics constantly warn the dangers of doing so.
* BoastfulRap: The entirety of "Shapeshifter."
* CoverVersion: He made an electro-metal version of [[Music/{{The Bee Gees}} "Tragedy"]].
* DespairEventHorizon: "So Long Sentiment" describes someone trapped in his own depression, recalling old memories and begging for release.
* DonutMessWithACop: Included as taunt in [[BoastfulRap Shapeshifter]].
--> ''The boiler's grinding, keep the cuffs, enjoy your doughnuts sir / you ain't gonna find me!''
* GeniusLoci: Scardonia, the red planet and the source of the blackstars that appears on many album covers and in the ''Unshakeable'' music video. To complete the "living planet" look, it even possesses gargantuan eyes and mouth.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: For the ''Unshakeable'' music video, the energy that Klayton's music spreads colors the city a vibrant blue, while the aura of Scardonia is an angry red. At the end, Klayton (and his HumongousMecha) appear to face off.
* HumongousMecha: One piloted by a mysterious woman appears in the ''Unshakeable'' music video. Unfortunately, the video ends just before its presumed fight with Scardonia.
* LotusEaterMachine: "Frozen" is a recurring fantasy about a beautiful seductress, and the narrator never wants to leave.
* LyricalDissonance: "Against the Tide" sounds very epic and uplifting, despite the lyrics being about losing against "the tide" and how the predicted end "has finally begun."
* MadnessMantra: Present in many of the more introspective songs, such as "So Long Sentiment," "Stay With Me (Unlikely)," "Kill the Sound," "Goodbye."
* MegaCity: The setting for the ''Unshakeable'' music video. At first, it's gray and lifeless, but Klayton's music adds TronLines to every building as it spreads.
* NonAppearingTitle: "The Last Firstborn" the lyrics, "Firstborn, last one" appears, but ''The Last Firstborn'' never gets sung or said.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: A mentally unstable narrator pleads this in "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Stay With Me]] ([[DownerEnding Unlikely]])."
* TheResenter: "Uncrowned" is written from the perspective of one.
--> ''My nights alone were worth is all / Just to see your face on the way down!''
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: The subject of "Kill the Sound."
--> ''Two voices in my head / and I want one of them dead / so I can focus on remembering''
* TimeAbyss: "Eon" is about someone trapped in one and trying to escape.
* TronLines: Utilized heavily in the ''Unshakeable'' music video.
* TheVamp: "I Can't Wait" is from the perspective of someone who falls under her seductions.
--> ''Her skin is laced with poison / Her words are laced with lies / Affliction is waiting in her eyes''
--> ''I can't control this compulsion / like a moth into the flame / her fiery embrace completes my shame.''


!!Klayton himself
* GoodIsBoring: Humorously enough, hold this mentality.
--> "The death per capita in New York had dropped because we had a good mayor for a while, and I didn't feel comfortable with that so I wanted to go someplace where there was a lot more people getting killed. [[PlaceWorseThanDeath So I went to]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} Detroit]]."
* MetalScream: Very, very frequent in his music.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Can you guess how old he is by his looks? Take a guess. The answer: [[spoiler: ''fifty!'']]
** VagueAge: However, Klayon himself has [[https://www.facebook.com/celldweller/posts/10151024436601672 denied]] that fact, but he could be lying.
*** Even his HeterosexualLifePartner [[Music/BlueStahli Bret]] [[http://youtu.be/sk-Qj0kuTfk?t=2m19s doesn't]] know how old he is.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Brett of Music/BlueStahli.
* ReclusiveArtist[[invoked]]: Klayton describes himself as one. He doesn't keep up with the news or own a television set, although he still maintains good relations with his fans, so he really [[SubvertedTrope isn't]].
* SelfDeprecation: According to a few behind the scenes footage, he doesn't think he's especially talented for his instruments.
* SopranoAndGravel: He uses HarshVocals as his main vocal delivery, along with clean vocal passages in many of his songs.
* StartMyOwn:
** He had a falling out with his label during his time known as "Circle of Dust" for not being Christian enough for [[ChristianRock the Christian Metal]] scene, so started his own music project free from them.
** When Klayton again had a falling out with his new label over distribution in 2006, he started his own label, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FiXT_Music [=FiXT=]]].
** Klayton's extremely fond of doing this. He was never satisfied how other bands combined guitar, vocals, drums, and/or electronica, so he decided to just learn how to play them all himself to make his own sound.
* StarvingArtist: In his early days, where he slept in his two-room studio [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Reese's Puffs]] were his only food all day. He's since become more successful and less poor, but he still holds the mentality.
-->I would rather starve and create what I want than be told from someone who doesn't understand me or my art that something isn't up to their specs."
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhmrzwx_vxE&t=2m0s Reese's Puffs]].
* TheUnreveal: In the first [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk-Qj0kuTfk Ask Celldweller video]], he decides to finally set the record straight about his VagueAge by revealing that he's '''[[SoundEffectBleep *INCREDIBLY LOUD DRILL NOISES*]]'''. [[spoiler: Fortunately, although he turns his head away, lip-readers can see he begins with "thirty-", so he's somewhere in his late thirties at least]].
* XtremeKoolLetterz: His name's not Clayton, it's '''K'''layton.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Red Hair]]: Both how Klayton appears in artwork and how he actually looks.