Monday, August 08, 2005

Static-X - Start A War (CD)

Static-X is back, and not only has Wayne Static brought back his big standing hair for the industrial monster's latest album, but founding member, guitarist Koichi Fukuda is back as well! (For those of you who didn't know, Tripp Einsen was kicked out of the band after getting arrested for trying to solicite underage girls!)

Static-X have always been amusing to me for their fast, loud industrial electronic sound, and singer/guitarist Wayne Static's one of a kind incoherent screaming vocals. But on their fourth major label release (5th if you count the collection of b-sides, demos and remixes they released last year), Static's gimmick is beginning to wear thin. Simply put, if you've heard one Static-X album, you've heard them all as they don't evolve their sound in any way. That may be good in some cases, but when you do something that sounds near identical to everything else you've done, it just doesn't feel worth it to spend the cash on.
Granted, this was better than their last album, 2003's Shadow Zone, but still doesn't come close to their smash breakthrough debut, Winsconsin Death Trip. Static needs to try and make the songs last longer for one thing, as the album barely goes over a half hour in length if you don't count the last techno-sounding track that lasts all of 2 minutes before going into silence for another 10 minutes leading into a vocal only version of "Otsego Amigo" as a bonus track. Everything else ranges from the short, but catchy single in "I'm The One", to the slow and heavy chugging tracks like "Just In Case", to the bizarre like "I Want To Fucking Break It" which kicks off with a polka-tuba sample!
Hardcore Static-X fans will easilly get into this, but it might only be passable for the rest of us even when there are some catchy tracks, heavy beats, and of course, Wayne Static's bizare choice of lyrics and the way he sings/screams them. Here's hoping he can evolve a bit on their next outing.
CD Rating: *1/2

Must Hear Tracks:

- I'm The One
- Just In Case
- Set It Off
- My Damnation


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