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Self-TitledThe first album from Klayton had been close to release in the year of nineteen ninety-nine. He had drowned himself in debt to produce a demo upong being signed to a major record label. However, the tragedy of nine-eleven and it's impact on the economy caused the release to come to an end. The label that had been endorsing Klayton became a memory and dissolved along with the ecomony. Klayton was left without financial help, and he had the debt of the advance money they had given him to pay back. This didn't stop Klayton from heading to Detroit, where he worked independently on the self titled, two thousand-three release "Celldweller," in a friend's studio. For two years, he produced and toured, relocating entirely from New York to Detroit. He worked from his own studio in the bedroom of his first house. But eventually, due to hard work in putting out his albums and striving to take control of his life, he was able to purchase his next house with the help of the record label he had produced, called FiXT. He paid off his debts, and his dream studio was being worked on. He had fallen, but pushed to get back up again. His first release has the back-story of his struggles, and it's success more than made up for his hardships. His hardships had only made it better, and well worth the fighting.
Soundtrack for the voices in my head; Vol. 1 and Vol. 2Soundtrack for the voices in my head was, essentially, his second album. It was released for television, movie, and video game needs, primarily. There are only certain songs that contain lyrics, but for the most part, it is instrumental. It wasn't considered a main Celldweller album, more of a side project instead. Klayton felt that the songs were situated for theatrical usage instead of a premier Celldweller album. "Birthright (Beta 1.0)", "Narrow Escape" and "Through the Gates" are known to be from the sessions belonging to a then work in progress, and unnamed second main album. The song "La Puerta Del Diablo" was inspired by a trip Klayton took to the place of the same name in El Salvador. The emotions of the album are clear from the angry opening song, "Through the Gates", and they transition into more melancholy emotions. This is a very theatrical album with songs that captures the listener's attention, and that was what it has been intended for. Volume two was released as the fourth album for Celldweller. It's the second part to the series, and was released in three chapters. It was intended for sountrack usage for film and gaming, much like it's Volume One counterpart. The songs have an industrial rock type of feel to them, only to transition into sounds containing more of a calming ambience. There are industrial sounds recorded, distorted beats taking over half of the album's track listing. Not much emotion carries on into the songs this album contains.
Wish Upon A Black StarWish Upon A Black Star was an album released within five chapters. Klayton was proud of his work, and he didn't want to release the songs all at once. By listening to the lyrics of the songs played, it seems as though there are inner struggles. But it's also about overcoming those struggles and "pushing through", as one of his songs clearly state. Klayton himself, mentioned that there are specific themes running through the album. The songs themselves carry the emotions and themes in the album. "Be careful what you wish for", is the main moral to "Wish Upon A Black Star".