Celldweller is an award-winning American Heavy Metal
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
" 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
- Bret "Blue Stahli" 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:
Tropes demonstrated by the Songs, Lyrics, and Music Videos
- A God Am I: The narrator for "My Own Little World," though it's more of the god of "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!
- 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.
- Space, Klayton really, really, really likes space.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: The titular Blackstars grant wishes. However, the lyrics constantly warn the dangers of doing so.
- Boastful Rap: The entirety of "Shapeshifter."
- Cover Version: He made an electro-metal version of "Tragedy".
- Despair Event Horizon: "So Long Sentiment" describes someone trapped in his own depression, recalling old memories and begging for release.
- Donut Mess with a Cop: Included as taunt in Shapeshifter.
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.
- Please Don't Leave Me: A mentally unstable narrator pleads this in "Stay With Me (Unlikely)."
- The Resenter: "Uncrowned" is written from the perspective of one.
My nights alone were worth is all / Just to see your face on the way down!
- Split Personality Takeover: The subject of "Kill the Sound."
Two voices in my head / and I want one of them dead / so I can focus on remembering
- Time Abyss: "Eon" is about someone trapped in one and trying to escape.
- Tron Lines: Utilized heavily in the Unshakeable music video.
- The Vamp: "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.