Static-X
Start a War


3.5
great

Review

by Shaun of the Dead USER (3 Reviews)
January 15th, 2006 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Static-X : Start A War

Static-X is an American Industrial Metal band that formed in 1994, and Start a War is their forth actual album they have released. Wayne Static is the founder and front man of the band. Ken Jay also founded the band, but left the band before their third album Shadow Zone due to “political differences”. Nick Oshiro replaced Ken as the drummer and is originally from Seether. Koichi Oshiro is the original guitarist but left the band and then came back after guitarist Tripp Eisen met with criminal charges. Tony Campos is the original bassist and backing vocalist.

The vocals on here are an excellent mix of clear singing and screaming. The screaming on here is well done and you can understand it mostly. Wayne likes to whisper on some songs, including The Enemy and title track Start a War. The guitar, bass, and drums all go well together throughout the album. The drumming for the most part remains tight, and helps the instruments, and vocals flow smoothly along. The song Start a War is a good example of that with good fills, and regular drumming for the whole song. The guitars for the most part are power chords that are very heavy for the whole album. However, the bass for the most part is fairly dead for the whole album only having a couple lines to be able to distinguish itself from the guitars.

The Enemy is my second favorite song on the album with good drumming, nice lyrics and just a good overall song structure. Dirthouse is my favorite song on the album and is also the second single with a fantastic hook coming in at 0:54 with Wayne screaming “Go, Go, Go. Pick up the pieces I wanna call this my home. Go, go, go. Pick up the pieces, I’ve got some pain of my own”. I Want To ***ing Break It starts off weird with a bouncy carnival sample, and goes into some angry lyrics. “They can’t take me outside. They can’t take me down. They can’t take my thoughts ‘cause I will smash their face into the ground”. My Damnation is about the blandest track for the album. The effects used when Wayne and Tony sing are very good, but everything else about the song seems bland. At one point Wayne whispers “Always the same” and I have to agree with that for this song. For some reason I also get a headache whenever I listen to it.

So far it appears that Static-X have a bright future ahead of them. The first single I’m The One has reached number 22 on the U.S. mainstream rock charts, and the sales of the album are doing well. This is a great album, but at times a few songs can become repetitive. Plus, it might also take more than one listen for some to fully appreciate a lot of the album. The fact that there are more than a couple average songs on here ways the album ranking down, but there are still some amazing songs such as Pieces, The Enemy, and Dirthouse that more than make up for most of them. It’s a good Industrial Metal album, and an overall great record with a couple faults.

3.5 out of 5


user ratings (348)
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Chilly-Bean-Bop
January 15th 2006


344 Comments


Still a good review. :thumb:

Storm In A Teacup
January 15th 2006


22632 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My poor brothers' review get erased, and then starts out at the bottom. Still, good review for your first time Shaun.

Lets get some comments for the newcomer in here.

Chilly-Bean-Bop
January 15th 2006


344 Comments


How nice of you to be so nice to your brother.
I don't think that too many people are really online, dunno. Not too many comments on any review

Shaun of the Dead
January 15th 2006


30 Comments


thank you to those who voted

Storm In A Teacup
January 15th 2006


22632 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Obivously you know I voted for it. :rolleyes:

I'm sure Chelsea did too.

Chilly-Bean-Bop
January 15th 2006


344 Comments


Yes, I did.
On the subject of the band, I don't like them too much. My friend is pretty much obsessed with them, and he gave me a song. Wasn't too interested.

Storm In A Teacup
January 15th 2006


22632 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Neither am I, to be honest.

Shaun of the Dead
January 16th 2006


30 Comments


hey is there any way i can improve on my review?

Apathy
January 16th 2006


645 Comments


Stop posing as a n0000000b, Kripes.
If this is Kripes. =


Storm In A Teacup
January 17th 2006


22632 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm not Shaun of the Dead, he's my brother.



You are the n00b.This Message Edited On 02.02.06

Shaun of the Dead
January 17th 2006


30 Comments


[quote=Mazz]Stop posing as a n0000000b, Kripes.[/quote]
I'm no n00b, but apparently you are


overdriven101
July 4th 2006


272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i thought that that dude from seether looked familiar

OpethFreak
August 27th 2007


391 Comments


Skinnyman is so awesome.

BallsToTheWall
August 27th 2007


48322 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I agree with you dude. Skinnyman is my favorite song off this cd.

Digging: The Ukiah Drag - Crypt Cruiser

CxLTxN
July 18th 2008


107 Comments


This is their best CD

bloc
September 6th 2010


47158 Comments


SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN

Digging: The Presets - Apocalypso

bloc
September 20th 2010


47158 Comments


TURNED INTO A MONSTER

ffs
September 20th 2010


5261 Comments


i kinda like dirthouse even though its really annoying

bloc
September 20th 2010


47158 Comments


That song's pretty cool too

bry11
May 27th 2011


102 Comments


Only rated a 3.1?! Start A War is way better then Shadow Zone, Machine, Cannibal, and the new POS



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