Static-X
Shadow Zone


3.5
great

Review

by NorseLaQuet USER (3 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2006 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Ahhh, poor Static-X. They are the unfortunate victims of the recent changes in popular metal music. These days you have to have blazing shred like guitar solos and catchy little breakdowns. Static-X has no guitar solos, and nothing in the way of breakdowns as far as Lamb Of God-esque metal goes.

In fact, popular metal music changed so much between the release of the classic Wisconsin Death Trip, Machine, and Shadow Zone that I�m sure there are many who would dispute my definition of Static-X as metal. However, I am not interested in what any of those self appointed metal experts have to say, and I will continue to refer to Static-X as metal.

I have to say that after the release of their sophomore album Machine, I really appreciated Static-X as a band. That together with an excellent live show really kept Static-X a frequently played band for me. So first we are going to look at the tracks individually, and then move on to reviews of the album as a whole. (All ratings are out of 5)

1. Destroy All
A solid opener, however the chorus is a little weak, as is the bridge, but it has a nice rhythm to the verses. Wayne�s voice is very strong on this one.3
2. Control It
A sort of average track, has an awesome vocal section on chorus, but lacks rhythm and feel. 3
3. New Pain
The best part of this track is the vocals. Wayne sings a harmonized double tracked part on the verse, and does a really good job on the chorus, somewhat catchy, but the guitars are somewhat boring on this track, mostly drums come through the mix, and some of the harmonizing sounds a little �cheesy� during the bridge. 3.5
4. Shadow Zone
This track is awesome! Wayne�s vocals are great, and the melody of the track is great. The double tracked vocal harmonies are perfect on this song, and the keyboards interact with the guitars very well. A very catchy little tune. 3.5
5. Dead World
Sorry dudes, boring sort of song here. The electronic parts and drums are all muddled together and Wayne�s harmonies are kind of awkward. Not very interesting. Definitely filler. 2.5
6. Monster
This song would be horrible if it wasn�t for the energy that Wayne puts out in the vocals, at this point the album is pretty boring. 2
7. The Only
This song really shines through the previous tracks as being an incredibly listenable tune, with some very interesting sampling and guitar work. Some of Wayne�s best vocals and lyrics. 4
8. Kill Your Idols
A fairly good track, however the vocals are a little to dissonant for my taste, still a fairly strong track. 3
9. All in Wait
Again, some strange dissonant harmonizing here with the vocals, but the chorus is very strong and catchy. 3.5
10. Ostegolectric
This track somewhat aggravates me. It has a fairly simple, catchy guitar riff that can be attractive for a while. However, eventually the inexplicable name started to annoy me. Good for the first few listens. 3.5
11. So
I was impressed by this track, not because I like it so much, but mostly because of the melody for the verse, it�s dissonant, but it is very attractive to the ear and provides a solid foundation for a very emotional chorus. However, the simplicity of the lyrics sort of detracts from the song, but still a favorite on this album for me. 4
12. Transmission
A transition track. Boring, however, the drums are kind of cool. Still, it�s not actually a �song�. So no rating for it.
13. Invincible
This song kicks. Excellent vocals, a solid base and drums, as well as some interesting guitar work. Add the excellent synth section and you have the best track on the album. Really shows another side of the band. Wayne wrote some great lyrics for this song, and it still is a great listen, even after three years of owning the album. 5

Overall, this album is a different direction musically than any other Static-X release to date. So if you are a Static-X fan, then don�t be surprised that this album is different. However, there are some great moments where we see a very melodic, musical side to the band, while still retaining Wayne�s awesome unique vocals, which are definitely the strong point of this release. However the guitar work is something to be desired. Some of the riffs are almost exactly the same, and on only a few tracks do we get a very head bang able rhythm, however the melodies are unique and interesting, so if you want to hear some vocals that really stand out, then get this cd.


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pattern_recognition
May 22nd 2006


950 Comments


Fix the track separation so it's easier to read please.
It's not changing styles in music that have held S-X back, they've just never had a killer single that's grabbed people. I thought The Only off this album, might do it, but apparently not.
All their albums are quite solid, and this is probably the most melodic. All In Wait is probably my favourite off this one.
Not a bad review.

kill_the_animosity
May 22nd 2006


26 Comments


good review, the only is a pretty good song but not my sort of style of music.

Thor
May 22nd 2006


10266 Comments


Besides Adema, I can't think of a nu-metal band worse than Static-X.

montague
May 22nd 2006


35 Comments


i suggest that Thor should keep his opinions to the forums, considering that i for one think opeth are the most boring metal band of the century. comment the review, not the band, einstein..

Laafe
May 22nd 2006


347 Comments


i think he was also commenting on the review when he said boring.

Shattered_Future
May 22nd 2006


1559 Comments


Decent review, but it's a bit lacking on track information. Add a bit more and you'll be set.

I will admit, I do like Static-X somewhat. Not as much as I used to, but they have some catchy stuff out there. This album is full of filler, but there's a few good songs on here...The Only, Kill Your Idols, and Invincible, to be exact. Invincible is one of the best songs Static-X has ever done, I think. It's catchy, yet it's got a really good feel to it.

A.K.tm
June 21st 2006


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is probably the best album Static-X ever released. But it is a music for few days to listen.... Average...



ThePressman
March 11th 2007


14 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

didnt really move me kinda sucked actually

Brain Dead
April 8th 2007


1150 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Just picked this up. It's interesting in points, but kind of bland in others. Monster is pretty interesting, mostly because they stick to the rhythmic aspect of their sound instead of trying to drench their sound in nu-metal cliches. Osegolectric is also pretty good. We'll see how it pans out, but for now it probably gets a 2 or 2.5.

OpethFreak
September 7th 2007


391 Comments


The Only rules.

BallsToTheWall
September 7th 2007


48711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

All In Wait is my theme song. Yes the only rules.

Digging: Spaceslug - Time Travel Dilemma

BornDeadBuriedAlive
February 22nd 2009


426 Comments


The Only rules. [3]

bloc
December 27th 2009


50881 Comments


^it does. i remember hearing it from NFS Underground.

and did anybody know these guys composed the theme song from Batman Beyond? it's pretty darn awesome.

Digging: Bury Tomorrow - Black Flame

Powerban
December 27th 2009


2381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This whole album is pretty awesome. Start A War is maybe slightly better though.

breakingthefragile
December 10th 2012


3104 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Heaviest album of all time. m/

Curse.
January 30th 2014


8057 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ehhh, minimal spooky levels



Curse.
January 30th 2014


8057 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

some friend you are

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2017


23808 Comments


"So"is so good

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