Deathstars - _Synthetic Generation_
(Nuclear Blast, 2003)
by: Jackie Smit (
Dark, if formulaic goth meets chugging Rammstein-like guitars on _Synthetic Generation_ -- a record stemming from similar black metal roots to those of the Deathstars' fellow PVC-loving labelmates, The Kovenant. Yet, unlike the latter act's lackluster _S.E.T.I._ effort, _Synthetic Generation_ is actually rather enjoyable. At its best it provides a fix of atmospheric, catchy goth metal ("Semi-Automatic" and "Little Angel"), while at its weakest, it merely falls victim to the generic clichés that are pretty much on par for this type of music. With goth teetering on the brink of becoming a more mainstream-friendly staple, this record is certain to have its fair share of admirers; and while it is by no means groundbreaking, it provides a welcome alternative for fans of dark, catchy music, for whom the prima-donna antics of acts like HIM provide nary a thrill.
(article published 10/20/2003)
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