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Static- X: Cannibal

It's definitely true that there are not many bands that sound like Static X nor are there many who are able to infuse the levels of Techno and Industrial vibe into Heavy Metal music as easily as they seem to do. It's been over thirteen years since the band formed and they have been continually impressing and surprising their fan base with what they can do and now with their fifth recording Cannibal - they show that they stand poised once again to repeat the process despite the ever-changing climate of the music buying public. They are still led by Wayne Static as you would expect but this time around the recording finds the band with their fifth different lineup in terms of the recording of the new music. It's not necessarily a bad thing as these changes mark the return of their original guitar player Koichi Fukuda, who I am certain will be a welcome face in the eyes of the bands fan base. Drumming is done by Nick Oshiro and the bass assault by Tony Campos who together complete the four-piece Industrial Metal Masters. As I spun the CD, I was pleased to find that despite these lineup shifts the listener will still find the aggressive and powerful sound that makes Static-X such a special band to the world of music and truly second to none against those who aim to also use this style. They begin the attack right away with the title track "Cannibal" and it's a song that is a not so subtle hint at the overall assault that is looming on the other tracks. I found this to be a heavier release than I every remember them delivering and they use their unique elements to success and make songs like "Chemical Logic" a form of "Techno-Thrash" when you choose to examine it. "Logic" was really amounting to my favorite song on the CD as I felt the circle pit during this one from the second that it began. When the CD gets to "Forty Ways" they use the feel of Disco meets Rave music and give a number that you just know is going to have the audience on the feet jumping as they perform it. Static himself seems to be in top form once again as he screams in rage repeatedly and delivers his point with determination and intent. The listeners will find a very "live" sounding record instead of an over-processed piece and the reasoning was for it to maintain the level of an "in your face" album as opposed to sounding too bland and over-produced. They succeeded here as you feel the need to make this a louder and louder listen on your stereo and I continually felt my head bopping and foot tapping in time with the songs as I played it the first time around.

Cannibal is an album that welcomes new friends while at the same time embraces the old ones. There is a lot more of the original Static-X vibe here and less attempts at experimentation; Static himself feels that this is probably the most Metal they had ever sounded when it came down to it. So it you like Metal coupled with a solid groove then this is for you, there will be "No Submission" this time. While they were never truly away - Static-X has returned. Make some room on the floor for the slamming.

Track Listing
1. Cannibal
2. No Submission
3. Behemoth
4. Chemical Logic
5. Destroyer
6. Forty Ways
7. Chroma-matic
8. Cuts You Up
9. Reptile
10. Electric Pulse
11. Goat
12. Team Hate
13. Not Enough?

Added: March 19th 2007
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Static X Website
Hits: 2758
Language: english

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Static- X: Cannibal
Posted by Butch Jones, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-03-19 06:34:31
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Wayne Static & Co. have returned to their beginnings, sort of. Cannibal is Static-X's 5th release, and while revisiting their past, they have also moved forward. Back is original lead guitarist, Koichi Fukuda, who last appeared on Static-X's only platinum CD, their 1st, Wisconsin Death Trip, and also gone is long time producer, Ulrich Wild (also produced the amazing & overlooked Florida Metal band Skrape). With these changes, Static-X have gone back to basics and stripped everything down to 12 straight ahead, in your face metallic hard hitters.

The no compromising efforts on Cannibal will be a welcome home to early Static fans. While I never thought they strayed very far from their original formula, the numerous lineup changes, and the change in the musical landscape did lend itself to Static-X changing a little bit. But from the very outset of CD opener & title track, "Cannibal", it's evident that Static-X have made an effort to bring the metal back. Upfront & in your face, they way it should be! Old/new guitarist Koichi Fukuda, delivers more lead guitar bursts on this record than all of the others combined! Fukuda shows that he is indeed a worthy guitar player.

Now sharing the production shoes with producer/engineer John Travis, Wayne Static delivers with a hard, tight blow to the head. Again very reminiscent of the mighty Wisconsin Death Trip CD. The Static-X machine shows what they can do on metallic gems like "Behemoth" and "Team Hate". If you are an old school Static fan, then you will love this! Pulsating & throat busting, this is what made Static-X a success in the first place, and they are back to that. Other sonic stand outs are the bruisers', "Chemical Logic" and "Forty Ways", two of the heaviest tracks on this new disc.

Static-X are back on track with Cannibal, even though not quite hitting the mark of Wisconsin Death Trip. But this is a very strong CD all around. Old fans will eat this up and newer fans will find nothing to complain about. It is very much a Static-X record and that should speak for itself!

Static- X: Cannibal
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-03-14 09:22:05
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Wow, there's actually a good deal of guitar solos on a Static X CD! Surprise, surprise. Wayne Static and his band are back with their new platter of industrial metal mayhem on Cannibal, a rousing and quite heavy at times collection of 13 solid tunes. Their cyber-metal style at times reminds of a cross between Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad, and in the past I would have said minus the musicianship, but here on songs like "Reptile", "Chroma-Matic", "Electric Pulse", and "Behemoth" (among others) you also get some shredding solos and more intricate arrangements. Add in Wayne's trademark barking vocals, pounding rhythms, futuristic keyboards, and plenty of crunchy riffs, the end result is a pulsating, headbanging party. Not as extreme as they once came across, Static X now fall somewhere in the middle of the metal pack, a fun band that can easily help you get your groove on jumping and moshing, but just melodic and accessible enough to turn off those into the more violent forms of metal. Like a machine, these guys just keep cranking out one solid release after another, and now have a healthy catalog of releases for their fans to enjoy.

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Static- X: Cannibal
Posted by Speeder on 2007-03-25 06:13:08
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Excuse me, but what's that 13th track 'Not enough?'. I've met with this for the first time since the reveal of tracklisting.

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