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Deadstar Assembly: Unsaved

Deadstar Assembly is an industrial goth rock/metal band hailing from Florida. In 2006 they released their second album Unsaved, the followup to their self-titled album. A quick glance at their pictures indicates much of what one can expect from this album. The members of Deadstar Aseembly are decked out in makeup, gothic hairdos and names, and angry, painful, or insane facial expressions. And that sums up with this album. There's nothing overly new here. Its mostly what one would expect form a gothic rock band. After having listened to a wide range of 80s and 90s goth, many of the gothic bands of today aren't offering anything new (excluding bands such as Tristania). Sure, they often are heavier than their predicates, but the lyrics and overall music has not progressed beyond the days when Rosetta Stone was one of the leaders of the scene. Perhaps Deadstar Assembly has the talent to do so, but they rely into a comfortable zone with this album.

To be fair, this album is pretty well made. While they might play it safe, Deadstar Assembly does what they do well. The singer, Dearborn, has his heart in the music and his voice represents well the lyrical content. The guitars, performed by Dearborn and DreGGs, are heavy with a fairly stripped down simplistic alternative metal style, mixed in with keyboards done by sKuz. The songs also have a groove that is easy to get into. In fact, after the first listen I had a fairly good opinion of the band. It was after subsequent listens that the album just did not hold my interest, and I cannot see myself listening to this album at all a month from now. "And Ashes Will Fall" is the strongest song on the album. Fans of this style, including fans of Marilyn Manson, will want to check this album out.


Track Listing
1. Unsaved Pt. 1
2. Unsaved Pt. 2
3. Killing Myself Again
4. Dejected
5. Naive
6. And Ashes Will Fall
7. Smoking Teeth
8. Darker Now
9. Pale Blue
10. Bled
11. Serial
12. Insurrection
13. At Both Ends
14. Death Wish
15. Perfectly Destroyed

Added: October 25th 2006
Reviewer: Scott Borre
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Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Deadstar Assembly: Unsaved
Posted by Murat Batmaz, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-10-25 09:28:33
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I haven't heard Florida-based goth rockers DeadStar Assembly's earlier work, so I have no reference points to compare it with their new disc Unsaved. The music on this platter contains a total of fifteen tracks clocking in at over 50 minutes, and teetering the thin line between gothic pop and industrial rock.

The album starts with the two-part title track "Unsaved"; the first one immediately stands out for its thick sound, bringing forth pulsating drum beats and building up to a nice crescendo before it segues into the comparatively heavier second part. The rhythm guitars on the album are used sparingly, as much of the atmosphere is conveyed through multi-track keyboard melodies and synth patches. The song does delve into a full-on goth rock style in its final section, following the doubled vocals of Dearborn. Simmering 80's synths characterize the industrial-tinged "Killing Myself Again", blending catchy alternative rock choruses and little touches of electronica. "Dejected" is a more modern piece with lots of turntable scratching and a playful rhythmic bottom; whilst the deeply electronic and textured "Naive" and the ballady "And Ashes Will Fall" are among the more moving and thought-out numbers. The use of acoustic guitars on the latter lends it a different sonic quality. The blend of dissonant sounds of "Showing Teeth" and the oft-repeated chorus of "Darker Now", with some cool guitar harmony development in the back, also contribute to the overall flow of Unsaved.

That said, DeadStar Assembly's songwriting is nothing overtly original or unheard of. Their strength lies moreso in crafting solid goth-flavoured song that have both powerful crunch and big, boomy rhythmic aweareness. The production is amazing and should appeal to fans of this kind of music greatly.



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