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    Celldweller

    New remix album out 12/16: http://www.fixtstore.com/product/610...l.-01-%28CD%29
    I can't get enough of Klayton lately.

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    New album and live DVD/Blu-ray coming March 27th, 2012.

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    "Wish Upon A Blackstar" Official Release Date + Free Download of "Unshakeable"

    The anticipated Celldweller full-length sophomore album, Wish Upon A Blackstar will be officially released on June 12, 2012. The expansive 16 track album has been years in the making and has been recently delayed a few times due to the album's expansive marketing and release strategy.
    In the coming 10 weeks we will be launching a Free Track, New official Celldweller site, Free iOS App, New Music Video and Merchandise as well as Worldwide Online and North American and UK Print, TV and Radio promotional campaigns and new Tour Dates!
    Pre-Order "Wish Upon A Blackstar" Starting May 4, 2012

    We are excited to announce that pre-orders for Wish Upon A Blackstar will begin on May 4, 2012 and feature a variety of bundled merchandise, collectibles and accessories, including a 2-CD Limited Edition Version featuring the main album plus the instrumental version of the album. The final album art and track list/sequence will be revealed when pre-orders go live!
    Pre-Order on May 4 at: http://fixtstore.com

    Free "Unshakeable" Single Download on May 15, 2012

    Download the radio edit of the new single "Unshakeable" For FREE on May 15, 2012 at http://facebook.com/celldweller

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    Not sure if it's well known, but Celldweller is a one man show (a man by the name of Klayton), and Klayton's previous incarnations include Circle of Dust and Argyle Park, which are both much more in the vein of early NIN material. It is rumoured that through Circle of Dust Klayton and Trent became mutual influences on each other. Though they both have since obviously departed from that sound into very different arenas.

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    I listened to Celldweller a hell of a lot until about a year ago when he jumped on the dubstep bandwagon. His Wish Upon A Blackstar album started promisingly but I think it's a complete mess now it's done. I still respect his production skills though.

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    The first wave of his new album has hit.

    New track ready for listening pleasure on Spotify so go listen to it!

    Celldweller – End of an Empire

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    This thread does not get enough love obviously.

    Chapter 4 released, EOAE shaped up nicely, now time for the full album release!

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    I haven't listened to any of these Chapters, not into that form of release at all, so I'm just gonna wait for the full length release

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    For anyone curious, this is off the newest chapter.

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    Just cranked up the debut Celldweller album, been a while.

    Def a classic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thelastdisciple View Post
    Just cranked up the debut Celldweller album, been a while.

    Def a classic!
    Hell yes it is, really like the 10th Anniversary edition with the extra tracks and demos, good shit!

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    End of an Empire is finally done and released, it is glorious!

    Also if anyone follows Klayton's work, he is remastering and redoing all the Circle of Dust stuff!

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    I still don't understand why Celldweller isn't more appreciated on this forum... :/

    Not like he's obscure or anything and of any Maynard James Keenan or Mike Patton types Klayton Scott would be up there especially in the company of Nine Inch Nails/Trent Reznor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thelastdisciple View Post
    I still don't understand why Celldweller isn't more appreciated on this forum... :/

    Not like he's obscure or anything and of any Maynard James Keenan or Mike Patton types Klayton Scott would be up there especially in the company of Nine Inch Nails/Trent Reznor.
    I don't either, he's an amazing artist!

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    FYI if there are any Circle of Dust fans.

    Klayton just remastered and released the first CoD album and there will be more to follow with a BRAND NEW CoD record.


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    For those of you who don't already know, you may want to check out Transformers: Age of Extinction sometime with an ear towards its sound design, since Celldweller was actually brought onboard to do some custom sound design work on it.

    Which, of course, sounds FUCKING AMAZING.

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    I'm glad he brought the Circle of Dust project back, the Brainchild album was always one of my favorites. The new track continues in a very similar vein.

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    Been listening to Celldweller again lately. I still have yet to get End of an Empire.






    CIRCLE OF DUST Announces New Album, Machines of Our Disgrace
    Available December 9th via FIXT


    Detroit, MI - Industrial music pioneer CIRCLE OF DUST has announced a new full-length studio album titled Machines of Our Disgrace, due December 9th (via FIXT), after a near 20-year hiatus. Created by artist/producer Klayton, best known for his multi-genre project Celldweller, CIRCLE OF DUST returns to Klayton's industrial roots with metal riffs, pulsing electronics and catchy songwriting.

    The album will be available for pre-order on November 18th.

    Returning for the project's 5th full-length album, CIRCLE OF DUST pushes the envelope in fusing modern metal and electronic production with gritty industrial noise & samples on Machines of Our Disgrace. Klayton incorporates both aggressive and melodic vocals with thought provoking lyrics about man's technological evolution, with songs like "Contagion" and the title track "Machines of Our Disgrace" questioning our relationship with technology while "alt_Human" and "Neurachem" explore the world of biohacking and genetic modification. The tracks "Hive Mind" and "Humanarchy" provide commentary on man's place in modern society's political and scientific moral ambiguity. The emotionally charged "Outside In" shows CIRCLE OF DUST's softer side in a heart-gripping track with lush harmonies, acoustic guitars, pulsing sound design and introspective lyrics.

    CIRCLE OF DUST - 'Machines of Our Disgrace' (Music Video):




    'Machines of Our Disgrace' (Official Music Video)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu5Z-FTRxRM

    In anticipation of a new album, Klayton re-acquired the rights to his original CIRCLE OF DUST catalog from the 90s, after nearly 2 decades of pursuing a deal to re-gain ownership. In 2016 Klayton remastered and re-released deluxe versions of the entire CIRCLE OF DUST catalogue, featuring over 11 hours of music across 175 tracks from the following 5 albums: Circle of Dust (self-titled), Brainchild, Metamorphosis, Disengage and a side project titled Argyle Park.

    CIRCLE OF DUST is back. Prepare to re-engage.

    Download a free MP3 of the title track from 'Machines of Our Disgrace'; to get a preview of the album here:https://soundcloud.com/celldweller/circle-of-dust-machines-of-our-disgrace



    'Machines of Our Disgrace' Track Listing:
    1. re_Engage
    2. Machines of Our Disgrace
    3. Contagion
    4. Embracing Entropy (feat. Celldweller)
    5. Humanarchy
    6. Signal
    7. alt_Human
    8. Hive Mind
    9. Outside In
    10. Neurachem
    11. k_OS
    12. Neophyte
    13. Malacandra


    Follow CIRCLE OF DUST:
    https://facebook.com/circleofdustofficial
    http://circleofdust.net
    http://klayton.info

    About CIRCLE OF DUST:




















    CIRCLE OF DUST, the 90s industrial / electronic-rock project created by visionary artist/producer Klayton, marked the beginning of the musical career of the man who later went on to create independent success as Celldweller, as well as forming his own label - FIXT. Along with four full-length Circle of Dust albums in the 90s (Circle of Dust, Brainchild, Metamorphosis, Disengage), Klayton created a side-project under the name Argyle Park, which featured a vast collection of guest collaborators, including Tommy Victor of Prong, J.G. Thirlwell of Foetus and Mark Salomon (Stavesacre/Crucified).

    Locked away collecting "dust" for 20+ years, the rights to the Circle of Dust& Argyle Park albums were unavailable to Klayton as the original labels they were signed to shut down in the mid-90s. After 2 decades of pursuing a deal to re-gain ownership of the albums, Klayton was finally able to reclaim the rights in 2015.

    As Klayton began planning the remastering and re-release of the original albums, a new idea began to grow. He decided to not only re-release each album, but to fully resurrect the project and create a new full-length CIRCLE OF DUST album, to be released December 2016, nearly 20 years after the last CIRCLE OF DUST release.

    Not only are all the re-releases completely remastered, but each includes demos, unreleased bonus tracks, acoustic/alternate versions of tracks as well as some new remixes.

    http://circleofdust.net
    http://klayton.info



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    Quote Originally Posted by aggroculture View Post
    Been listening to Celldweller again lately. I still have yet to get End of an Empire.
    Love how he's remastering Circle of Dust and making a new album without any of his old bandmates. Who gives a fuck about Klank, eh?

    Also, he's scoring a movie! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4681432/fullcredits

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    Talking of which, I like that Klank solo album:



    But didn't like the Klayton-less follow up, Numb, and then I lost sight of it.

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    So, where's the best start point with this guy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kas23 View Post
    So, where's the best start point with this guy?
    I'd say Wish Upon a Blackstar and End of an Empire are good starting points. Then, listen to the Soundtrack for the Voices in my Head series for his more ambient and instrumental works. His debut self-titled album is way too dated, but still has a few good tunes (some of them were "updated" on The Complete Cellout).

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    new album is out now: https://fanlink.to/_offworld

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    Aaaand new album is pretty disappointing. No ill feelings towards Klayton, as I surprisingly liked most of his debut Scandroid record, and I liked the new Circle Of Dust as well, plus End Of An Empire was between decent and good, so if anyone, then he had all the rights to do something as bland as this.

    Too Many Tears and How Little I must know are the only tracks worth putting into a Cell playlist, though you could persuade me about Offworld/Own Little World (reprise), which are basically the same track, so pick one over the another.

    It is obvious what he meant to to with this record, but it just falls flat. He made better slow tracks when he wasn't so focused to make such tracks, but it was missing from his discography, so he tried it. Good for him, but I hope in 1-2 years he will return to his strengths under the Celldweller brand.

    Heck, Jericho (especially the COD remix) was so fucking dope that I just can't hate this record too much. - those who do not know, Jericho was a bonus on Cell's last record, so don't try to search for it on Offworld.

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    Here's a mini-review I posted on the Celldweller page.

    I need to start off by saying I absolutely adore the art direction for this album! This is probably some of the best artwork since Wish Upon a Blackstar and really lends to the feeling you're going for.

    That being said, I feel like the sonic palette you used for this comes off as extremely bland and maybe a bit too plodding. Definitely, the distinction that this is different from the rest of your Celldweller-branded material is immediately apparent from track 1, but what we ended up with is 11 songs that show restraint in a somewhat detrimental way. It feels like a limitation that doesn't aid the music or the soundscape you were aiming for.


    It seems more than a few songs end with little to no payoff, a slow fade out on an acoustic guitar line or synth reverb. This isn't always the case, as "Too Many Tears" and "Last Night on Earth" uses these to great effect and gives a satisfying payoff that doesn't need to end in ROCKIN' guitars or loud drums or anything. But unfortunately, it feels like the most interesting lyrics and sounds (especially on "Into the Fall") came from material that you've written or used in the past, which for a Celldweller album is kind of a disappointment. I never thought I'd be kind of bored with "Own Little World", but seeing it here turned into a typical "sadder, epic trailer song" version without a decent payoff just made me think it was added as filler to pad out the album tracklist.


    I don't think it's a complete failure, and if anything I think what this album showcased is that your vocal ability and melodies have definitely improved, and this album does a fantastic job of displaying that. "The Great Divide" shows some amazing harmonies that make me jealous every time I've listened to it since it's initial release. Without the usual foray of heavy electronics, synth, and guitar work, your vocals are upfront and center and I absolutely dig that.


    All in all, I really wanted to like this, but I don't think I'll be listening to it over and over as with your previous releases, nothing really stuck to me outside of a few standout tracks that I mentioned. I don't think it's ALL bad, I would love to see this sound evolve and work it's way into your work more routinely. Congrats on the album release regardless!


    (P.S. if you're gonna give a song the striped-down treatment, plz use Against the Tide next time thx)
    Honestly, the "Klayton featuring Klayton" thing he keeps doing is kind of obnoxious. I understand Circle of Dust was an entity before Celldweller but I feel like these sounds could've been incorporated seemlessly into Celldweller and no one would bat an eye. Scandroid suffers from that same restriction that this album does in that it uses one palette of sounds and ends up feeling very same-y. And I do dig some Scandroid songs here and there! I'm just kind of tired of a barrage of stuff with less thought seemingly put into it. Out of the 11 "new" songs on this album, six have existed in some form previously.

    I'd give this one a listen but would recommend newcomers to "Wish Upon a Blackstar" or the debut Celldweller album for a better idea of Klayton's sound.

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    Haha, yes, Cellldweller feat. Circle of Dust and Scandroid feat. Celldweller are fucking annoying. I know Klayton is a dreamy dude and it makes sense to him in his spaceship, but it is kinda embarassing to be honest. The thing is, even pre-End of an Empire Cell had an extremely broad range from fucking TECHNO (!!!) to straight up metal, so there is absolutely no need for this cute self-collaboration stuff. Klayton can't really make any music that couldn't be labeled as Celldweller. What he should've done with Scandroid for example is to make it into a different line of endevaiour like Soundtracks and Transmissions. It could've been Celldwer - Scandroid Vol 1, and bam, problem solved.

    I forgot to mention that the lyrics on Offworld are some next level abyssmal. Yes, those who followed Celldweller for a longer time now know, that his lyrics can sink into shameful territories, but so far I could give him a pass for almost anything. The theme of End of an Empire was pretty cool imo, and WUAB wasn't too opressing with its Blackstar theme, though the difference in music and lyrical quallity is extremely hearable between the songs which were released as part of the first 4 chapters and what came after it. Blackstar and Unshakeable for example has nothing on Tainted or Eon, though I dig those songs as well.
    Anyway, don't know which song is it, but he mentions like 3 Scandroid song titles. Datastream, Salvation Code and probably more. Just don't... It is SO forced, ugh. Just stick to the "actions speak louder than worlds do" as the bottom quality of lyrical prowess and I am fine. Also, Klayton proved he can make actual good lyrics, so considering that, it is even more annoying he let himself so loose this time.

    Echoes and Mother's Arm are unrateable for me. The former is just nothing, cut the inaudible vocals and put it on Soundtracks, while the latter is just another head-scratching 1-minute Cell song. Yeah, I know the theme of "mother" is important to Klayton and if it helps the immersion of the record, then so be it, but it is not a song. Now exclude Awakening With You remix an Own Little World reprise, and suddenly we are left with 7 songs!!!!! Sure, in case of Celldweller this could still mean it is awesome, just look how diverse End Of An Empire was, but this is almost the same stuff over and over again.

    (Random comment: I am listening to Last Night On Earth while writing this reply. Fast forward to 1:36. CAN YOU HEAR IT?!?!?! The vocal melody is a 1 on 1 copy from that Switchback remix. Yeah, not a serious crime, but still annoying.)

    I think Klayton needs to chill the fuck down. Waiting for WUAB chapters was a pain in the ass, but I rather wait months for interesting chapters than have this.

    Btw I am all for compiling some Cell songs for people who would be interested in his music, but don't want to sit through his entire discography. Though WUAB is pretty great and diverse, but it's a crime to miss Switchback or The Last Firstborn imo.

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    And Mother's Arms is a song he made back in the WUAB era, back when he was posting on Blogspot (!!!) for his updates. All he did here was re-record it, outside of higher quality and I think being transitioned a step-up, it's the exact same song.

    Let's consider this: Wish Upon a Blackstar was in development as early as 2006, possibly entered serious, dedicated production in 2008 based on the demos for Louder than Words and So Long Sentiment. Even if we take the latest date he started working on the album, we still got a solid 3 or 4 years of production before it was released in full. And I absolutely adored the idea of "chapters", but even then he was still clearly taking his time. Now it just seems like he's pumping out releases left and right, not to mention doing this extremely obnoxious re-releasing of songs and dumping them on different albums (Soundtrack for the Voices in My Head Vol 3, for example, started off as super cool new music before he ended up filling it with End of an Empire's interlude "Faction" tracks).

    I'm not saying you can't make a great album in a couple months or even a week, I just think there's a correlation between the time he takes on a project to how good and cohesive it sounds. I think if we got almost monthly, full albums from NIN we'd probably run into this same issue.

    And to add a note onto the Celldweller feat. Scandroid feat. Circle of Dust (FreQgen Remix) shenanigans, I find that a couple of his songs where that is the case are some of his best...almost as if using elements of multiple genres and infusing them leads to kickass music. Kind of the whole reason I got into Celldweller in the first place!
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