Album Review: Celldweller – ‘Offworld’

qmunistars- 3

Celldweller’s newest release Offworld may potentially express just as much about Klayton as a person right now as it does about his seemingly unwavering musical talents. While it shows a departure from his usual blend of aggressive metal guitars and blasting beats, a shift which some hardcore fans might find a bit off or even mildly distressing, it also exhibits a broader melancholic attitude towards our beloved planet Earth which could easily be interpreted as borderline misanthropy. But is there anything truly ‘off’ about this perspective, or is Offworld simply a sign of our current times?

Continue reading

Advertisements

Review: Slowmotionary, Ethan Gruska

qmunistars- 3

The opening track of Ethan Gruska’s Slowmotionary starts with “I’m travelling through the valley / my whole childhood is here” – a song of childhood memories and early heartbreak, and of history repeating itself. It’s the perfect introduction to this storytelling album.  A house and shed lit by one single bright light surrounded by complete darkness adorns the cover – perhaps a family home, or the destination of a long trip through the American countryside, fuelled by stories and a longing to be home.

Continue reading

Album Review: Prism Tats – ’11:11′

qmunistars- 2

The guitar-driven songs on Prism Tats’ EP 11:11, following his 2016 self-titled debut, remind me of late 80s British guitar pop by bands such as The Fixx and Comsat Angels. Instead of Thatcher, there’s Trump; both then and now see social inequality and a general desolate outlook on life as a result of (fear of) terrorism or technology.

Continue reading

Album Review: Tom McGuire – “Salvage”

qmunistars- 4

Tom McGuire mostly comes through with lo-fi and atmospheric, soulful, bluesy folk ballads with some oddballs thrown in. ‘Untitled’ is the ultimate in blues rock revivalism; Led Zeppelin’s influence is clear but with a marked symphonic tinge to it. His vocals are charming and full, but at once almost bleak.

Continue reading