Celldweller is an award-winning American Heavy Metal/Electronic Music project, formed in 1999 in New York City, but now based in Detroit, Michigan. The project was formed by multi-instrumentalist, DJ and Record Producer Scott "Klayton" Albert, who was once involved in several electronic music and Industrial Metal 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 Heavy Metal, trance, drum and bass, dubstep, and industrial, with elements taken from many other heavy music genres. The project has also been classified as Nu Metal and gains its pride as one of the Ensemble Darkhorses of the genre. Celldweller's music has frequently appeared in television shows, movies, and video games, more prominently appearing in Dead Rising 2 and Need for Speed.
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.
Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 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 Nu Metal song on the scale, ranking at a 10. or even 11. note His hardest song is arguably "First Person Shooter", which is currently the hardest dubstep song on the scale.
Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: 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 Alternative Metal and Nu Metal, though his music sounds very little like the established stereotypes.
Out-of-Genre Experience: "Shapeshifter," composed as a single with Styles of Beyond for Most Wanted, is far more of a Boastful Rap than the thematic lyrics of Klayton's previous works. He then returns to his normal style afterwards.
Signature Style: Chattering Electronic Music sounds influenced by trance, dubstep and noise fused with harsh, crunchy computer-manipulated guitar riffs and fast, aggressive drum and bass-inspired rhythms.
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!
Arc Words: 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."
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 book.
Author Appeal: Schizophrenia apparently, given how many songs include lyrics about "voices in my head." In addition, Klayton has dedicated entire albums to those voices.
The boiler's grinding, keep the cuffs, enjoy your doughnuts sir / you ain't gonna find me!
Genius Loci: 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.
Good Colors, Evil Colors: 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 Humongous Mecha) appear to face off.
Humongous Mecha: One piloted by a mysterious woman appears in the Unshakeable music video. Unfortunately, the video ends just before its presumed fight with Scardonia.
Lotus-Eater Machine: "Frozen" is a recurring fantasy about a beautiful seductress, and the narrator never wants to leave.
Lyrical Dissonance: "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."
Madness Mantra: Present in many of the more introspective songs, such as "So Long Sentiment," "Stay With Me (Unlikely)," "Kill the Sound," "Goodbye."
Mega City: The setting for the Unshakeable music video. At first, it's gray and lifeless, but Klayton's music adds Tron Lines to every building as it spreads.
Non-Appearing Title: "The Last Firstborn" the lyrics, "Firstborn, last one" appears, but The Last Firstborn never gets sung or said.
"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. So I went toDetroit."
He had a falling out with his label during his time known as "Circle of Dust" for not being Christian enough for 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, 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.
Starving Artist: In his early days, where he slept in his two-room studio 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."