It has been 20 years since Static-X first made waves with their 1999 debut, ‘Wisconsin Death Trip.’ The album produced three singles that landed in the Top 40 on the Billboard Rock charts: “Push It,” “Bled for Days,” and “I’m with Stupid.” The album was certified platinum in 2001. (No small feat for a debut!)
The band’s heavy industrial metal sound found attention within the burgeoning nu metal movement of the late 1990s. The band released five more albums over the course of the next decade: ‘Machine’ in 2001, ‘Shadow Zone’ in 2003, ‘Start a War’ in 2005, ‘Cannibal’ in 2007, and ‘Cult of Static’ in 2009.
Self-described as “evil disco”, Static-X’s style, according to The Washington Post, “combines electronic elements influenced by industrial artists such as Ministry and Skinny Puppy with the harshness of bands like Pantera”. Static-X’s style also has used elements of genres such as techno, speed metal, and thrash metal.
The unthinkable happened to Static-X in 2014, when the band’s frontman and namesake passed away at the young age of 48.
Founding member Wayne Static cited house music as an influence on Static-X’s music. Static has said that he “imagined Static-X was gonna be like a Prodigy or a Crystal Method and more of an electronic-based thing.”
The surviving original members, bassist Tony Campos, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay have joined forces once again to release a new album, ‘Project Regeneration,’ due out this year.
Fronting Static-X is a mystery man who goes by one name: Xer0. Fans and media love to speculate as to who is behind the mask!
Speaking recently with Loudwire, Campos laughed, “We’re actually having fun with all the different speculations. Years ago playing with Soulfly, the guitarist Mark Rizzo joked we should recruit [Bad Wolves frontman] Tommy Vext to sing and rename the band Static-Vext. Sometimes if people are persistent about the question, I tell them it’s Tommy Vext.”
Campos went on to say, “We started thinking of all these different merch designs we had, like the Wayne skull shirt and that’s where the mask came from. Wayne was our Bruce Dickinson and our Eddie. I know he would’ve dug us representing him onstage like this. It also helps keep the focus on remembering Wayne and celebrating the anniversary as opposed to, ‘Oh, here’s Static-X’s new singer.’ That’s not what we’re trying to do.”
Also on the bill, DevilDriver will release a new album titled ‘Outlaws ‘Til the End’ a mere four days before the Cleveland show! Hopefully, fans will be treated to a heavy dose of fresh material.
DevilDriver’s music has been widely described as an amalgamation of groove metal and melodic death metal. All of the members have stated they are influenced by several types of music (some not even found within the heavy metal genre). Vocalist Dez Fafara’s influences include Johnny Cash, and Motörhead, stating he likes people with “low voices.”
Static-X isn’t the only band on the bill celebrating a 20-year anniversary! Support act Dope is celebrating the same milestone of their ’99 release, ‘Felons and Revolutionaries.’
The band has released a total of six full-length studio albums with their most recent studio album, ‘Blood Money Part 1,’ being released on October 28, 2016. The lineup currently consists of founding member and singer Edsel Dope, guitarist Virus, bassist Acey Slade, and drummer Daniel Fox.
Dope has been described as alternative metal, speed metal, nu metal, and industrial metal. (Damn, that’s a lot of metal!) Dope’s influences include Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, KISS, Guns N’ Roses, White Zombie and Mötley Crüe. Dope’s lyrics are known for being obscene and aggressive. In a review of ‘Felons and Revolutionaries,’ NME said “In American Pie, a boy puts his cock in an apple pie, to let us know that there’s something rotten at the heart of the American Dream. Ex-con brothers Edsel and Simon Dope, though, would probably put someone else’s cock in the apple pie, cut it off, lace the pie with strychnine, and serve it up at the Clinton dinner table.”
Wednesday 13 and Raven Black will also perform.
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