Scott Loose – guitars, keys and percussion
Matt Kozar – guitars and keys
1. The Astronomer
4. Binary Collapse
5. Approaching the Singularity
6. Everywhere and Nowhere
7. Critical Mass (That Which Cannot Be Created)
If you enjoy instrumental rock and metal music, with industrial and prog elements thrown in, Stellar Death is a duo I’d recommend to you. The same when it comes to science fiction or interest in space, time and all things out-of-this-world.
This duo from Washington DC has conjured a new album which had me thinking of films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Moon and Interstellar 5555 from the moment I put it on. Ambiguity is something that hangs over all instrumental music and the intrigue of what these blokes had in mind caused me to be hooked as the strings and keys began the ascent to the stars.
“The Astronomer” and “Endless” begin the album by making images of the cosmos, particularly shooting stars or dust and asteroids appear before you. Space travel put to music is how I would describe that, and once you get to “Betelgeuse” it had me thinking of the many long hours I’ve spent pouring over Dune and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
As you can see, this is an album that piqued the sci-fi nerd in me, but there is more to this band than just a love for stories in space. With titles such as “Binary Collapse” and “Critical Mass”, this would be a band I’d recommend to all the astronomers, physicists and ufologists who like heavy and industrial music. No two songs are alike in terms of musicianship as the guitars and percussion change on many levels to suit just how space and time can change so quickly.
I think the album’s instrumental stance gives the listener an idea of the unknown, as space is still full of surprises and secrets regardless of how far we have advanced in exploration and understanding. Stellar Death is the band for the scientists and space enthusiasts out there, and the changing tones and song structures have you feeling like you’ve been all around the galaxy and back by the time “Afterglow” finishes.
Give this album a shot if you want to experience the vastness and wonderment of space put to music.