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Cult of Static (Bonus Track Version)

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Album Review

Static X's sixth album, Cult of Static, finds the nu-metal veterans steadfastly refusing to change their stripes, and why should they? As they say in the album's title, Static X have a cult that enjoys their adherence to all things that were nu in the '90s: riffs that grind instead of groove, merciless mechanical rhythms, vague drowning synths, all dressed with barking Cookie Monster vocals. Static X don't develop their music as much as they hone it, concentrating on its barest essentials, then delivering it with precision and little flair. This leaves little room to lure new listeners, but that's not the point of this sixth album — it's to serve the needs of the Cult, and it does just that. [Cult of Static was also released in a clean version, with explicit content removed.]

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Not Right Good

Not even half as good as their previous stuff, sounds like a rushed album, no catchy riffs, not impressed at all. Hypure is pretty head nodding & thats about it. Sorry guys.

back to the front

Tie you hair back, grab your beer and smokes then press play, prepare to bounce your head like you used to with Machine

Continuing where they left off......

Following on from previous records, static x continue to evolve here towards their ever changing destiny: either the legendary status of metal megastars or the last bastion of nu metal. With this effort, i think former seems more evident. Gritty and heavy, many of the hooks "Start a War" and the unashamedly poppy "shadow zone" are left to the side, only occasionally emerging through the album, which seems to be more directed at visceral riffs and growled vocals. Back are the days of Machine and Deathtrip, with the band continuing the cut down, rebuilt sound they managed to achieve with "Cannibal". Gone are the pop sensibilities nu metal demanded of its following, ushered out to make way for heavier sounds. Unfortunatly, many fans will find this adjustment hard. Static X made their debut within the nu metal structure of the 90's, and some of that has been lost along the way, arguably with some of their original appeal. They have also failed to fully recapture Deathtrip's industrial prefix's as well in this record, leaving the album feel slightly underwhelming at times. You can sit there and go, "If only they had a sample there, if only they had keyboards there....then this would be deathtrip!" Its not, but as close as were going to get with the current metal climate crawling on all fours after anyone that puts ridiculous guitar solo's in every song and tries to get the crowd to cheer for them in records. For people who liked: Cannibal Get to the Gone I want to F**king break it ...In the Bag Not For People who liked: Shadow Zone Cold My Damnation I'm the One

Biography

Formed: 1994 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Static-X's roots trace to the Midwest, where vocalist/guitarist Wayne Static grew up in Michigan and drummer Ken Jay in Illinois. They ended up in Chicago separately and met at the record store where Jay worked, introduced to one another by Smashing Pumpkins vocalist Billy Corgan. Static and Jay decided to head west to California and start up a new band. Shortly after their arrival, Osaka native Koichi Fukada responded to the duo's ad and became their new guitarist, as well as programmer. Bassist...
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: 13 March 2009
  • Parental Advisory

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