Deathstars - _Synthetic Generation_
(Nuclear Blast, 2003)
by: Jackie Smit (7.5 out of 10)
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 clich├ęs 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 20/10/2003)

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