Klayton and Celldweller has almost cut out his own genre these days, roughly described as a mix between hardcore electronic music, dubstep and melodic rock/metal. ďMetalstepĒ if you will. It works surprisingly well, and Klaytonís production skills are second to none. Seriously, it really sounds awesome. Fat basslines squirms underneath guitar riffs, heavy but snappy breakbeats and the sleek, clean vocals by Klayton himself.
Thanks to its intriguing blend of genres, this album is a rare beast that might attract fans from both the electronic and metal camps. We get furious rock, dubby electronic tracks and slow ambient linking pieces. The debut album was even more varied though, as this album has a more coherent ďCelldweller styleĒ. This is both good and bad, as I love the crazy mix of the debut, but I also enjoy the more developed Celldweller.
So, this is a different beast than the debut, but it is a worthy follow-up. Itís a bit difficult for me to get an objective view on it though, since I heard the first parts of it three years ago. Those older tracks hold up great, and my favorite tracks are among both old and new songs. Itís an astonishing piece of work, and itís a statement to Klaytonís independence - he runs his own label and online shop Fixt Music - that he could release the album this way, and do what he likes. And he does it better than anybody.
If you're so inclined, there's a deluxe version of "Wish upon a Blackstar" as well, with a bonus disc of instrumentals. That's the one I've got, and it gives another perspective on some of the songs.