“This album is fantastic. The textures they were able create here are masterful. You feel like you got sucked into a wyrmhole and whisked away to a distant point in the universe.” (10/10)
– Metal Temple
“A quite brilliant release. An eight-track instrumental album that blends a myriad of styles and takes the listener on a musical journey that provides ample and rich rewards.”
– The Razors Edge
“Fragments of Light adds a cinematic quality to instrumental metal without losing its emotional core. Most importantly, it allows for the listener to escape into the stars for a bit and float freely in a mixture that can be melancholic, adventurous, or playful as the band crafts their surroundings.”
– Dead Rhetoric
“Stellar Death’s debut album is an adventure in instrumental space prog that winds through disparate corners of the universe to coalesce in a fascinating unified semblance.”
– Flying Fiddlesticks
“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.”
– The Independent Voice
“Cinematic in its approach, Fragments Of Light presents a universe with very futuristic sounds. While the climate is often bleak, the two American multi-instrumentalists play on a wide variety of music from post-metal to Doom.”
– Rock’n Force
“An album that magnetizes you with the first listen.”
“The musical journey offered by Stellar Death is wide, but the obvious relationship of Fragments of Lights with the cosmos makes us consider the sound in another way, and we like to be mentally lost in those riffs.”
– Acta Infernalis
Featuring eight instrumental tracks that traverse a vast and richly diverse musical landscape, Fragments of Light takes the listener on a challenging, yet rewarding journey. The album blends elements of prog rock, post metal and emotive ambiance for a sonic experience like none other.
The concept for the songs and album began in the Fall of 2019. Scott and Matt began to focus more on the development of instrumental music outside of the typical song structures and trappings. Through the Fall and Winter of 2019/2020, the songs and ideas kept coming back to their inspiration from the vast, cold, violent, and chaotic universe through which we are all traveling, seemingly unaware. The album provides a journey from the initial countdown-like and metronomic riffing of “The Astronomer,” which ascends into the maelstrom as the listener journeys deeper into the cosmos. As the album progresses, the voyage delves into the calm and serene vastness of space, while managing through the ever-changing turbulent and destructive forces that exist throughout.
1) The Astronomer
4) Binary Collapse
5) Approaching the Singularity
6) Everywhere and Nowhere
7) Critical Mass (That Which Cannot Be Created)
STELLAR DEATH is a Washington, DC-based instrumental music project for the varied influences and inspirations of members Scott Loose and Matt Kozar. The two have collaborated musically for nearly 15 years, primarily through their band BRAVE. Although there is much appreciation and love for the music they have created through BRAVE, Scott and Matt sought a path not constrained by the structure and expectations that come with a band that has existed for over 20 years. Their collective desire to create instrumental music that focuses on specific themes, while drawing from their appreciation of film scores, led to the creation of STELLAR DEATH in November 2019. The project affords them the ability to fully explore different musical landscapes and sonic textures. Thus far they have dabbled with ambient and electronic soundscapes, embraced and elaborated on their progressive rock foundations, and further explored the tension and dynamics of post rock and post metal. STELLAR DEATH has only just started to venture into new and exciting musical areas that attempt to merge all of these varied influences into a unique experience for the listener.
STELLAR DEATH is:
Matt Kozar – guitars and keys
Matt has played guitar for over 25 years and for numerous bands/projects. Matt currently plays in the progressive rock band BRAVE and has contributed to the varied cinematic atmospheres and doom metal offerings of WITNESSES.
Scott Loose – guitars, keys and percussive offerings
Scott is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, whose primary instrument is guitar. He has played in a number of bands since the 1990s. Scott is a founding member of ARISE FROM THORNS/BRAVE, and is an active member of AS THE SEA PARTS and WHILE HEAVEN WEPT.