With their sixth release, Static-X is determined to prove to the world that they are a force to be reckoned with! Not only is this the best release by the band, it's sure to be on the list when it comes time to compile the greatest offerings of 2009.
Never a band to sit still or rest on their laurels, Static-X gives you a mega blast of the music that they do so well. They are a hard to categorize but the industrial beat that is their mainstay still permeates Cult of Static even though there is a subtle shift in their approach this time. With pounding rhythm, the boys turn up the six string attack and give you a much more dynamic sound than their last offering, the stripped down Cannibal.
This point is made early on when the first track "Lunatic" threatens to tear the flesh from the body with its brutality. First heard on The Punisher soundtrack it gets a makeover for this disc and is highlighted by the guest appearance of Dave Mustaine. Dave's input shows a new direction that the band travels down which is unknown territory, for them at least, blending their industrial vibe with a much more metal attitude than before.
Take the song "Z28", which is voted by me as the most likely to be overplayed on the radio, the band is in prime territory with the pounding rhythms but Wayne Static's vocals are amazing and the guitar riff is one that stays in your brain long after the song is done. Or you might feel the difference even more when the intro to the song "Terminal", makes you think of the AC/DC song Hells Bells. The eerie guitar gives this one a very dark and moody feel unlike anything they have ever done before.
This is not to say that the band has drifted too far from the sound that makes them so unique. Songs like "Hypure", "Stingwray" and "Isolaytore" will guarantee that there are still plenty of bruised and battered bodies emerging from the mosh pit.
I would call this disc a more grown up Static-X. There is a maturity to it that makes it an absolute must have. The diversification and fiery metal music that they have offered up will have you coming back for more and more.
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