FACING HELL was written and recorded between July 2017 and June 2019 in several Canadian cities such as Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. The idea of the album is about introspection, facing, and accepting ourselves. For the artist Alexander Blackstar, music is like a mirror; it reflects our emotions and is a good way to express feelings without misunderstanding. From the heavy metal song «No Sins to Hide», to the gothic ballad «Notre-Dame», passing by the pop-rock «4ever Evil» or the industrial «Ready to Bark»; there is something for every taste. It is the debut album of Blackstar, first of a long series thus opening his career in the rock industry.
Alexander Blackstar is born in February 1998 in Paris, France. A descendant of three generations of artists, his future as a musician was all but foretold by his past. Following the untimely death of his mother in 2002, he was raised by his father, a Parisian painter who shared valuable insights on the importance of thought, music, and art in general. The name of the artist comes from the first name of his father, Alexander; and the title of the last Bowie’s album Blackstar. All is about legacy, the rock singer wants to succeed where his father has failed and to pursue the work that passed rockstars have done along with their music career. David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson, Jim Morrison, Till Lindemann and Alice Cooper had a major influence on the writing style of the young artist and gave to him the will to accomplish what he is made to do.
Passionate about rockstars, he behaved from adolescence as one of them; smoking joints and drinking shots with friends, always dressing in style, rebelling at school. In his last year of high school, he met a Canadian who loved Rock and Roll as much as Alexander did. They soon became very close and started writing music together. Unfortunately, his friend’s stay in Europe came to an end and Canada beckoned. Blackstar, who had nothing to lose followed suit. For two years, he traveled between Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, discovering local artists and writing Facing Hell, his first album. In February 2018, Alexander Blackstar met Marilyn Manson backstage at one of his Canadian concerts in Toronto. This meeting was paramount to the young artist’s career. Following their conversation, he decided to devote himself fully to his music and finish writing his album. On the 17th of January 2020, FACING HELL came out on the music market, signing the beginning of a promising rock career. The young rockstar has now recently moved to West Hollywood, California to write his second album.