Deathstars is a Swedish industrial metal band from Strömstad. Formed in 2000, the group are noted for their dark horror-themed lyrics, pessimistic and misanthropic social commentary, distinctive trademark face paint, dark stage uniforms and physical appearances that correspond to gothic fashion. They have released five full-length studio albums; Synthetic Generation , Termination Bliss , Night Electric Night , The Perfect Cult , and Everything Destroys You . Deathstars have supported live acts by bands such as Korn and Cradle of Filth, the latter of which were part of the inspiration for Deathstars. Deathstars also supported Rammstein on their Made In Germany 1995–2011 tour.
The current lineup of the band consists primarily of members from Swordmaster, a black metal project that has former members of Dissection, and Ophthalamia. The band currently consists of guitarist Nightmare Industries, lead vocalist Whiplasher Bernadotte, bassist Skinny Disco, guitarist Cat Casino and drummer Nitro. The band normally uses standard C tuning, in which instruments are transposed two whole tones lower than standard tuning.
The founding members of the band have known each other from childhood after growing up in Strömstad. The members have considered Deathstars to be a metamorphosed version of 1993 founded black metal act, Swordmaster, featuring former Dissection drummer Ole Öhman and guitarist Emil Nödtveidt . Nightmare Industries was also the brother of Dissection's late Jon Nödtveidt. Deathstars is fronted by Andreas Bergh and saw Erik Halvorsen on guitar. The band took on both a radical image and change in musical direction for the album Synthetic Generation.
According to Nightmare Industries in an interview, the name "Deathstars" itself was never intended to be a reference to the Death Star in Star Wars, but was in fact supposed to be an amalgamation of "Death Metal" and "Stars." They cite bands such as Kiss as an early inspiration, and have recently been compared to Rammstein, The Kovenant and Marilyn Manson.
Synthetic Generation first surfaced in Sweden during March 2002 on LED Recordings, but would be picked up for European release by the German Nuclear Blast label the following year.
Originally only a live bass player for Deathstars, Jonas Kangur became an official member on 1 October 2003.