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Gothenburg's DEATHSTARS is in fact a metamorphosed version of 1993 founded Heavy Metal act SWORDMASTER, featuring former DISSECTION drummer Ole Öhman and guitarist Emil Nödtveidt (a.k.a. "Nightmare Industries"), the latter being also active with OPHTHALAMIA as well as the brother of DISSECTION leader Jon Nödtveidt. DEATHSTARS was fronted by Andreas Bergh ("Whiplasher") and saw Erik "Beast X Electric" Halvorsen on guitar. The band took on both a radical image and change in musical direction for the album 'Synthetic Generation'. The record 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.

Unfortunately plans to commence recording of a second album in June of 2004 were delayed as, returning home from an appearance at the 'Wave Gotik Treffen' festival in Leipzig, Germany, DEATHSTARS had over $15,000 worth of gear stolen from their tour bus. On a more positive note the band landed the valuable support to the resurrected DISSECTION at their Stockholm Lilla Arenan gig in late October.

DEATHSTARS undertook album recordings in early 2005 at the band's own Black Syndicate Studios for the 'Termination Bliss' opus. In outside activity, both Emil Nödtveidt and bassist Skinny scored production credits on the 2005 DISSECTION album. DEATHSTARS also remixed the track 'Vyperpunk' on Italian Gothic Metal-Industrialists DOPE STARS INC.'s 'Neuromance' album. The band parted ways with guitarist Erik Halvorsen in August, citing "lack of enthusiasm".

'Termination Bliss' saw release in January 2006 hitting the charts in Sweden at number 42 and breaking the German charts at number 87. Limited edition variants added a "Driven On" remix of the track 'Blitzkrieg' by MORTIIS. Japanese versions, released the following month by the Avalon Marquee label, added two extra tracks. DEATHSTARS announced the addition of session guitarist Cat for summer festival gigs. The '48 Carat Darkness' headline shows had the band traversing Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Switzerland, France Germany and the UK throughout October and into November. Further European dates, commencing in Tilburg, Holland on November 12th, had the band supporting CRADLE OF FILTH.

DEATHSTARS were forced to cancel scheduled live dates in Greece in mid March 2007 due to a wrist injury sustained by guitarist Cat Casino. European concerts throughout April saw MORTIIS as support.

Third album 'Night Electric Night', mixed at Toytown studios in Stockholm, Sweden with Stefan Glaumann, saw release on 30th January 2009. A single, 'Death Dies Hard', preceded it on 2nd January. A limited 'Gold' digibook edition hosted three extra tracks plus a bonus DVD. The song 'Via The End' was written about the suicide of Emil Nödtveidt's brother, DISSECTION frontman Jon Nödtveidt. 'Night Electric Night' debuted on charts at no. 10 in Sweden, 36 in Germany, 43 in Austria, 69 in Switzerland and 153 in the UK.

DEATHSTARS announced their debut Australian shows in September 2009.

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