Fans of Celldweller’s self-titled debut album will be thrilled to get their hands on the two-disc tenth anniversary edition. Songs like “The Last Firstborn,” “Symbiont,” and the hit single “Switchback” still sound as fresh as they did a decade ago but the huge amount of bonus material is the real attraction.
Klayton, the mastermind behind Celldweller, has put together a must-have collection of unreleased material, demos, and remixes of favorites like “Frozen” and “Own Little World.” The real gems on the bonus disc include “Uncrowned,” an adrenalizing track from the original recording sessions and a high-energy cover of the Bee Gees “Tragedy,” which shows the true depth of Klayton’s imagination.
Diehard fans of Celldweller will take a lot of pleasure in the rawness of the demos including “Waiting” and “Blood From the Stone” from 2005, and the standout song “06-06-06,” with its cool mix of creative electronics and heavy guitars.
I’m not a huge fan of remixes but the ones on this album almost sound like new versions of old songs instead of the usual repetitiveness that I was expecting. This is one of those cool records to crank up while you’re driving fast on the highway or to get your aggression out. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves the Industrial genre.
Tim Taylor is a writer for Zoiks! Online, and is based in Dallas, TX. Follow him on Twitter at @nutgoat. Email Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.