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Static-X: Cult Of Static

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.

Track Listing
1. Lunatic
2. Z28
3. Terminal
4. Hypure
5. Tera-Fied
6. Stingwray
7. You Am I
8. Isolaytore
9. Nocturnally
10. Skinned
11. Grind 2 Halt

Added: March 18th 2009
Reviewer: Scott Ward
Related Link: Bands Official Page
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Language: english

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Static-X: Cult Of Static
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-03-18 08:50:47
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Inustrial metal upstarts Static-X return with their latest Cult of Static, another mechanized outing for the band that sees their sound getting a bit darker, but still delivering what fans come to expect from them.

Kind of strange hearing Megadeth's Dave Mustaine on opening cut "Lunatic", as the metal legend drops in a fiery guitar solo on this otherwise Fear Factory-ish inustrial metal romp. From there, you get the radio friendly "Z28", a tune that should prove to be a live favorite and get the audience jumping up and down, the crushing "Hypure", complete with pounding guitar riffs and plodding rhythms, and the more adventurous and brooding numbers like "Tera-Fied", "Nocturnally", and "Skinned", each one filled with plenty of electronic blips n bleeps, crashing drum work, and crunchy guitar riffs. Favorite cut though has to be "Stingwray", as razor sharp doomy riffs almost take on a Crowbar type feel, Wayne Static's angry bark putting the finishing touches on one hell of an angry piece.

Though there's certainly some solid material here, Cult of Static just seems to show a band that are still stuck in the late 90's/early 2000's, and in desperate need of a stylistic overhaul. There's no doubt that their legions of fans will eat this up, and many of these songs should fit right into their live set, but to these ears Static-X just seem to be stuck in somewhat of a rut.

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