Rating:
8.0
Deathstars - Synthetic Generation
May 2002


01. Semi-Automatic
02. Synthetic Generation
03. New Dead Nation
04. Syndrome
05. Modern Death
06. Little Angel
07. The Revolution Exodus
08. Damn Me
09. The Rape Of Virtue
10. Genocide
11. No Light To Shun
12. White Wedding [Billy Idol cover] [limited edition bonus]
13. Our God The Drugs [limited edition bonus]
+ Synthetic Generation [video] [limited edition bonus]
+ Syndrome [video] [limited edition bonus]


Electro Metal is a very well established Metal sub-genre such as, let's say Viking Metal or Folk Metal, this particular sub-genre has the ability of molding with most of the "typical" genres of Metal, such as Black Metal, Death metal, Trash, Power etc. In this case Deathstars deliver a synthesizer-driven Electro Gothic Metal .

This might not be the heaviest thing around this days, and for me not the most easy to digest, at first listen I didn't like this one, but after a few spins of "background" music while I played some games, I started to like this…

Deathstars are playing, like I said, Gothic Metal with a lot of synthesizers as a back up, the voice goes from the typical deep, dark Gothic voice to some shrieks here and there, the formula works because Deathstars have composed god songs with the most catchiest riffs and choruses, god knows how many times I hummed one or two of this songs for a entire day!

The album starts with "Semi-Automatic" a very catchy song (as many songs of this album), this song could be easily be placed in the latest album of The Kovenant, some songs reminded me of Paradise Lost while other reminded me of Rammstein, as you can see, the range of influences is quite broad.

The title track "Synthetic Generation" follows the same path of the previous song, but lacks some aggression, now I'm thinking "hope the whole album doesn't follow the same path…" My prayers are listening with "New Dead Nation" a more aggressive song, more complete, with a very catchy guitar riff.

We slow things down to listen "Syndrome" a mid paced song, kinda melancholic, I don't know, you have to be in the mood to listen this one…"Modern Death" is next, this one is one of my favorites songs in the album, now the voice of the singer is sounding like one of those 80's Goth bands. "Little Angel" closes the first half of the album, and this one has to be the catchiest song in the whole album, if you want to know what Deathstars are all about, I strongly recommend this one, it has a creepy "la la la la la" before the chorus.

The next half of the Cd, you have more catchy songs, cool riffs and a lot of electronica, although I liked the first half better, the second half is also good. The Cd ends with a very pleasant surprise, a cover of Billy Idol's "White Wedding", excellent song, and a superb cover done by these guys.

Well, fans of The Kovenant, Paradise Lost and Rammstein get this one immediately, you won't be disappointed, and for all of you who doesn't like Electro Metal, well, prepare yourself because this is a sub-genre that is taking the world by surprise, and I can predict that 2004 is going to bring a lot of new bands doing this, just be prepared for the electro storm.


Band profile: Deathstars
Album: Synthetic Generation


 


written by Undercraft | 03.01.2004



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Warman - 14.06.2007 at 12:33  
Good rating. It's a very good album but I know that I'd appreciate it more if I haven't heard the follow-up: Termination Bliss! One of the best albums ever. Everytime I listen to Synthetic Generation I just want to press "stop" and put on some Termination Bliss instead, 'cuz it's so much better!
+{Jonas}+ - 09.02.2008 at 04:52  
It was a great debut, one of teh most amazing in teh last 10 years I dare to say. DAmn Me has to be teh best track there.
BloodTears - 09.02.2008 at 18:07  
Its a catchy album but I don't think it has anything that stands out really. It doesnt impress at all, maybe its not my kind of metal.
Vrals - 25.11.2011 at 05:39  
Although Deathstars is not my favorite band of all time they are the band that introduced me to metal music, and this album is the album that did it, not going to lie the music video for "Synthetic Generation" creeped me out at first, but I eventually got over it. With that being said, I eventually started listening to the entire album, and to be honest I do not regret it at all. In fact, shortly after listening to this album, I went on to Termination Bliss and then to Night Electric Night, and have found that the band has yet to disappoint me, just hope that they come out with a new album soon, been waiting way too long for one.

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