The Darkstar Calling, created in 2018, is the brainchild of Mexican composer and multi-instrumentalist Mario del Río. Drawing from his over twenty years of musical creativity, in which he has alternated between hard rock/heavy metal and acoustic/folk projects, Mario has created a peculiar musical and lyrical experience that he has come to refer to as “post-apocalyptic synth rock”.
Mario has succeeded in blending together a rich rhythmic background, characteristic of the singer-songwriter genre, with powerful hard rock elements borrowed from his experience in the death-rock underground scene. The result is a musical fabric capable of conveying a wide spectrum of feelings. The musical canvas created is filled with deeply personal lyrics that walk us trough the everyday internal struggles of the artist, making the Darkstar Calling an intimate, almost self biographic project.
The band consists of Kali Burton in the bass, Gabriela Mendez in the lead guitars, Ignacio Fontan in the drums, and Mario del Rio in the vocals, rhythm guitar, and programming. To date two EPS and a single have been released: The Wasteland Wanderer (EP-2018), The Mystifying Ways of Pain (EP-2020), and To lose something you’ve never had (Single-2020). The latter includes remixes by Dark-O-Matic (Greece/Italy), Lost Messages (Italy), End of New (Ireland/Poland), Projekt Ich (Germany) and Proper Time (Mexico). Currently, the band is working on a third EP and an accompanying single.
The atmospheres created and the lyrical themes explored are reminiscent of artists like Nick Cave, Enrique Bunbury or Human Drama, while the melodic landscape and vocal delivery will appeal both to listeners of Peter Murphy and Deine Lakaien or to Fields of the Nephilim and the Systers of Mercy.