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Static-X - Shadow Zone
This new Static-X album dubbed “Shadow Zone” is the follow-up for “Machine” their 2001 release. It comes with a bonus DVD “X-posed” which contains “The History Of Static-x”, Behind-the-scenes Footage Of The Making Of The Album”, “Fan Q & A” and “New Live Performance”. Nice addition to the album, but it raises the price a lot. The DVD has some funny images on it, like Wayne with his hair down and a loose beard and guitarist Tripp Rex Eisen’s roadkill collection put on a car. The CD still has some start-stop riffs with a lot of screaming, but the album also contains a lot of melodic parts with singing. “Destroy All” is the heavy opening song of the album. Again it kicks ass, just like the other opening song of their previous albums. There’s even some grunting coming from bassist Tony Campos and the sounds effects are cool too. Then “Control It” it kicks in. Good pass, but with a more melodic guitar. Not too exiting but still listenable. The third song, “New Pain”, starts with a riff on which Wayne Static uses a real freaky effect on his voice. It sounds real cool and a bit spacy In the bridge of the song you can hear it really well. This is also a bit of a melodic song, but still having them grunts in it. “Shadow Zone” is what Static-X is about! I just love those start-stop riff with a raw voice on them. Only bad thing for me was that there is more of a melodic chorus instead of a exploding one. Reasonable pass in “Dead World” which is a cool song as well. But it’s only a build up for the next song. “Monster” is, I think is the best song of the album, and also the second-shortest one. A really fast start-stop riff with a kind of frog-style singing of Wayne. Fucking ass-kicking! Continuing to “The Only”, which is probably the second-most melodic song on the album, except for the bridge part. Up next is “Kill Your Idols”, another one of the start-stop riffs is the base with a melodic distortion for the chorus. Cool effects in the bridge part. The song “All In Wait” starts with a sample and has a cool riff. The cool effect of “New Pain” is also found in this song, doing the song a big favour in the melodic part. Nice double bass kick in the bridge too. “Otsegolectric is a cool song too. On every Static-x album there seems to be a song with the word “Otsego” in it. I have no fucking clue what it means, but the songs sound cool. “So” is the most melodic song on “Shadow Zone”. But very good none the less. Only the chorus is maybe a bit too cheesy. Then comes the shortest track, “Transmission”, which last 1:38 and still kick ass. It contains no vocals but some real cool samples with a heavy guitar and drum. Last song starts with a spacy sample followed-up by a cool bass-line. Still a bit disappointing that its no kicking ending or a long-tripping-effect song for the end like “December” of “Wisconsin Death Trip”. But still a cool track. “Shadow Zone” is definitely a must for every Static-X fan And it just might mean a bigger audience for the band. I must say that their new drummer Nick Oshiro sounds pretty cool and talented, but he just doesn’t capture the sound of departed member Ken Jay. Still, this is a good album and it will probably please most of the Static-X fans. [b]Review by DemonDust[/b]
Static-X - Shadow Zone
80/1001Details Warner/X-Posed
Released on Monday Nov 30th, -0001


Writer @Mat-Core on Thursday May 20th, 2004

Tags: #Static-X
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Static-X, The Defiled - Evil disco!
Static-X, The Defiled - Evil disco!
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