Static-X – Start A War Review

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The Inside Pulse:
Static-X burst onto the scene in 1999 with their amazing album “Wisconsin Death Trip”. Since that album however, they’ve gone through numerous lineup changes, 2 new albums (and a greatest hits/b-sides/remix album), and have now reverted back to their original lineup.

Postitives:
This is a heavy album. Crunching guitars, screaming and fast paced lyrics, combined with the electronic feel of previous albums makes this a fun album.

This is also a return to form for Static-X. Their last full length “Shadow Zone”, was more like a Korn album, which turned a lot of people off and was panned critically.

Negatives:
Unfortunately, there is a small lack of direction in this album. One minute it’s very crazy, and the next you’re able to sing a long. While this may not seem like a downfall, consistency is the key for Static-X.

Cross-breed:
I don’t think that there is a band out there that sounds like Static-X. While they aren’t a genre making band such as System of a Down or Korn, they have a unique sound that is Static-X. From Wayne Static’s vocals to the electronica feel put into place, it’s definitely hard to put a mix & match on these guys.

Reason to buy:
If you’re in a mood to bang your head and hear some of the best vocals on a metal album this year, this is surely your album. It’s up tempo pace means it’s a great ride from start to finish, with the slow heavy in place at the exact right times.

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