Static-X
Cult Of Static


1.0
awful

Review

by Jake C. Taylor USER (91 Reviews)
March 17th, 2009 | 67 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A cult? What cult? A metaphor perhaps?

Even with 2007’s Cannibal leaving Static-X with a power plant of material to electrify upon the next release, the group offer very little with their latest, and what’s more is that we’ve been saying this on how many albums? While the sound of Static-X remains well forged (that is it hasn’t changed from chopping layers of guitar, synthesized drums and samples) the convolution into lesser musical terrains is all overcoming upon the group. Industrial of this style has a place, but that’s only if the songs have some sort of stamina to them – here they don’t, at least not enough.

Opener “Lunatic” for example, is rhythmically bland amidst music seemingly arranged out of poor form, and is no where near salvaged by Dave Mustaine’s randomly placed 80s lead – nor is its clone “You Am I” which nearly copies the opener verbatim. Wayne Static himself clouds the dance metal practices of the group even further by devolving into David Draiman’s (Disturbed) twin brother of barking vocal techniques. It is of course no surprise, but the question was, when it was going to happen. Furthermore, his depiction of a self-following ‘cult’ adds unnecessary amounts of pomposity to the package. If Static truly thinks his following will multiply after such a poor release, then he should be turning to Nikola Tesla’s cult-worthy eccentricities for some true electrical inspiration to power a dwindling mindset.

Lunatic’s previously mentioned rhythmical marks are scattered throughout the album like little evolutions on similar theme, partially feeling like Meshuggah’s Catch 33 under the microscope. It leaves a legacy for the rest of the album to build upon, but never manages to find. Songs like “Terminal” and “Hypure” have a lighter, more accessible outer to them, that resembles Distubed’s buzz-metal clichés, so much that it would almost feel natural if Static broke out into a clear croon between the Chihuahua-barks of abuse. Similarly the album’s more attainable moments like “Tera-fied” that uses popping synth throughout and “Skinned” with sawing guitar only rescue themselves by having moments of fleeting success during their short-lived choruses; success that unfortunately isn’t qualified. These and others also suffer from a thinner production that terminates any justification for the samey guitar and drum collaborations that sound reminiscent to a poor man’s version of 2001’s Machine minus most of the electronic hooks that made that particular album and others worthwhile.

Those who can be rejoicing from this are the car makers, who will take anything they can get during these rough economic times. Specifically GM will certainly be delighted by the inclusion of two Chevrolet models; the Stingwray (Corvette) and the Z28 (Camaro). Stingwray is a meld of both the car and his wife’s last name, “Wray”; maybe he’s trying to subtly self promote her naughty adult videos as well? Lyrically however, the mind-trap of Static appears to be equivalent to a three year old playing with his Matchbox collection. Lines such as “try to keep it on a straight line / burning those slicks / brawler crawler / keep it on the red line” come off as laughable and childish, while others merely nullify any possibilities of redemption.

Certainly Static has never been the poetic aficionado, but each of the songs come close to some of his worst creations – those who want a decent track outlining the love for a Corvette should try out Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” from 1983’s 1999. While conservative fans will most likely enjoy much of the material offered here, because it builds upon the sound found before Cannibal, others will recognise the album’s many flaws such as unflattering lyrics, sonic slenderness, monotonous and ill-placed guitar solos, and finally minimalism that isn’t complemented by redeeming melodies. The fact of the matter is that Cult of Static leaves much to be desired for the group, who have mangled a sound that was turning towards promising results after 2007, perhaps there is still enough time for improvement, and the possibility of Wayne Static and Co to focus more on musical quality rather than self-indulgent upbringings.



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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 17th 2009


17939 Comments


look at that cover

taylormemer
March 17th 2009


4943 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Truth.

rasputin
March 17th 2009


14555 Comments


Good review.

Willie
Moderator
March 17th 2009


16116 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I agree with this review way more than the one that was deleted a few days back. It could have possibly had one final run through a spell/grammar check though.

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taylormemer
March 17th 2009


4943 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Why, what did I miss?

Willie
Moderator
March 17th 2009


16116 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

and what’s more is that we’ve been saying this for on many albums?
Whether or notthough, it still isn’t the best way to begin the recording.
The album’s more attainable moments like “Tera-fied” that uses popping synth throughout and “Skinned”with sawing guitar
Not a lot, but Word probably would have caught them.


mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 17th 2009


17939 Comments


was gonna make some grammar changes to the tesla sentence but then i decided that sentence is fairly senseless as it is

Willie
Moderator
March 17th 2009


16116 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, that sentence is kind of random.

taylormemer
March 17th 2009


4943 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I deliberated over that sentence for ages. I guess that sort of says scrap it, but still, I dunno.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 17th 2009


17939 Comments


you can leave it; i get what you're trying to say. it's just that the phrases are ordered pretty bizarrely

BallsToTheWall
March 17th 2009


44785 Comments


Last album was good, I like Static-x but this sounds like utter shit. Good work broseph.

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Bleak123
March 17th 2009


1902 Comments


album cover is kind of turning me on

good review i didnt read it because i was looking at the album cover still looking at the cover now actually as i type but yeah probably a good review so pos mhmm nice cover we have here

renegadestrings
March 17th 2009


1466 Comments


man CGI can give anyone muscles... or provide anyone with a "cult"

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 17th 2009


8387 Comments


mhmh cover orgasm Kane?

Review was good, the second paragraph is awkward to read though.

Phantom
March 17th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Naah those are all his own muscles babeh, you're just mad jealous

taylormemer
March 17th 2009


4943 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

The contrast and shading intensifies the perception of his muscles. Don't let obvious lighting fool your senses my dear friends.
I'm not jealous, just sayin

Bleak123
March 17th 2009


1902 Comments


maad jealous

Phantom
March 17th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Why aren't you gaylightanthem?

Bleak123
March 17th 2009


1902 Comments


banned :-/

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 17th 2009


8387 Comments


why you got banned?




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