YMMV / Celldweller

  • Awesome Music: Celldweller owes its status as the Ensemble Darkhorse of Nu Metal and Industrial Metal to the sheer awesomeness of a huge majority of the project's output. The project's contributions to the Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005) soundtrack, with "One Good Reason" and "Shapeshifter", are perhaps the most well-known among metalheads, among many others. Dead Rising 2 had most of its soundtrack done by Celldweller ("Own Little World" in particular stands out), and even Forza had a song by them, "Solaris", a dark ambient instrumental, which is REALLY awesome.
    • "Afraid This Time" may be one of the best metal ballads ever recorded.
    • Along with Atlas Plug, Celldweller is now producing the music for the 3rd season of Killer Instinct, and the four tracks previewed thus far (Rash, Kim Wu, Arbiter, and Tusk's themes) have been received with much praise from the fandom.
  • Broken Base: There is a healthy amount of fans that like both the old and the new Celldweller, but there is also a very vocal part of the fanbase still waiting for another album like the self-titled debut. Starting to incorporate electronic elements more heavily turned a portion of the fanbase off, and he was even accused of selling out when he started doing dubstep. It seems some naysayers have come around with End of an Empire, though.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: He's one of the very few Nu Metal artists that isn't completely despised by Metal-Heads everywhere. Many of them call him, "Linkin Park if they had more talent."
  • Ho Yay: Hilariously Subverted. In a Ustream session, one chat member asked him if he bummed Bret. He avoided the question completely and just rambled on about how he used to watch Monty Python and how he wishes he was British.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Since the mid-2000s some very vocal fans have begun complaining about the proliferation of his music in numerous video game and motion picture productions.
  • More Popular Spin Off: From Circle of Dust, to the point where most of their fans started off listening to Celldweller.
    • Klayton restarting Circle of Dust may change this, though.
  • Narm Charm: "Heart On", if the Incredibly Lame Pun is any indication.
  • Never Live It Down: Since Wish Upon a Blackstar, people don't exactly trust him when it comes to releasing new music.
    • SVH Vol. 3 certainly isn't helping. Although he did finally release it in September 2016.
  • Old Shame: How he felt about Circle of Dust, especially the first album.
  • Reimagining the Artifact: Resurrecting Circle of Dust and doing re-released versions of the old Circle of Dust, Brainchild and Argyle Park albums.
  • Signature Song: "Switchback", "Own Little World", "Eon", "Unshakeable".
  • Tearjerker: "Against the Tide", "One Good Reason", "Precious One", "Just Like You"... just to name a few.
    • "Tainted"... just... oh, god...