Static-X
Project Regeneration Vol. 1


3.7
great

Review

by Simon K. STAFF
July 10th, 2020 | 57 replies


Release Date: 07/10/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A tribute worthy of the hype.

For the first time in nearly a decade, Tony Campos and the remaining original members of Static-X have made it a great time to be a fan of the band again. Unlike the ennui that came from Grey Daze’s attempts at serving up a worthy posthumous album for their fans a couple of weeks ago, Project Regeneration Vol. 1 actually serves up a much more consistent and legitimately worthwhile entry for the Static-X canon. In fact, with the way the band have handled this entire project, I can’t think of many people who have gone to the same degrees of delivering to both the fans and the deceased artist like Campos and co. have here. It’s all been well thought out, built up and executed in an organic and cathartic way. The massive tour they did prior to this release, with the enigmatic Xer0 as their frontman – which caused a point of contention as the elusive singer sported a worn out, grey mask which resembled Wayne Static’s face – was a well-received starting point for this whole thing, but the accretive hype and marketing for this very album has been admirably tasteful and well developed on the whole. More than that, it’s just nice to see that through all the trials and tribulations the band have been through, the original line-up has decided to come together and pay tribute to Wayne in the most noble way possible.

However, let’s be clear before proceeding: this isn’t an earth-shattering opus or a genre-defining reconstruction of the genre itself, and the point to be made here is that it never needed to be either of those things. No, like any posthumous release, all Project Regeneration Vol. 1 had to do was represent the very best attributes of what made Static-X so great to begin with. This mantra has clearly been taken seriously and as such, Project Regeneration Vol. 1 displays the comportment needed to be a truly defining record ‘for the fans’. More surprisingly still, not only does this album achieve such status with ease, it actually triumphs as being one of the band’s strongest works to date. The LP is a concise slab of retro industrial metal with a number of adorable creature-feature styled electronic samples akin to Rob Zombie’s modus operandi, as well as a hearkening back to the kind of vintage 80s samples Ministry or Skinny Puppy would have played with back in the day. The biggest accolade, however, goes to the band’s handling on these archived vocal recordings. It’s hard to really grasp the fact that these recordings came from rough demo ideas just prior to Wayne’s death or from various recordings from circa 2005; every song here feels and sounds like a top-tier Static-X track built from the ground up.

Despite the fact this record sounds extremely novel, perching itself in the sonic vacuum of the early 00s, it’s acutely fleshed out, cohesive and more importantly, ferociously fun. There are so many classic Static-X staples here: from the clinical cyberpunk backdrops, to the bone-grinding, syncopated stomping rhythms and signature staccato barks Wayne’s known for unleashing. Tracks like “Bring You Down”, “Hollow” and “My Destruction” deliver on all the excessive sillinesses of the aforementioned era, but the compositions themselves also bring a serious amount of contemporary heaviness to the table, making a track like “Otsego Placebo” a worthwhile entry number for newcomers of the band. It’s rare you stumble across a release of this kind with such a standard of quality – a record that actually goes above and beyond the call of duty. Credit is certainly due to the fact it knows exactly what it wants and executes such tasks with uncompromising efficiency. If you’re a fan of Static-X, this is a candid labour of love that moves away from the stigma these releases are known for. It might not be reinventing the wheel, and it may sound like a time capsule dug up from the nu-metal burial ground, but for fans of that time period or fans of the band, there’s no denying its charm. If volume one is anything to go by, volume two can’t come soon enough.

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CD//DIGITAL//VINYL//VARIOUS BUNDLES

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https://static-x.org/



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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2020


16634 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

i enjoyed the singles for this, but i'm super surprised by how consistent this was.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2020


27112 Comments


nice. i used to jam start a war a lot. i'll check this.

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BallsToTheWall
July 10th 2020


50124 Comments


This slaps. Good work.

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William21
July 10th 2020


565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Even with the quite good singles, this ended up being a lot better than I expected. Terminator Osciliator and Ostego Placebo in particular are jams.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2020


16634 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Ostego placebo is a beast of a track

parksungjoon
July 10th 2020


22322 Comments


static keks

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TheGreatQ
July 10th 2020


2952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It’s basically Machine 2 and I love it. Only song that didn’t really impress was “Accelerate.”

Supercoolguy64
July 10th 2020


9786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

for b-sides this is actually really good

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2020


16634 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Some of it is drawn from b-sides, some of it is taken from demos that would have become a new album, had Wayne still been alive. But honestly, this is the best thing static x has done since machine, imo, and that blows my mind considering where the material came from lol

Relinquished
July 10th 2020


45633 Comments


12 songs and it’s part 1

the hell, tony

Jom
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2020


3211 Comments


Count me among those who are surprised that this is any good given some of the long-standing beef Campos and Wayne had, but I do believe the former was being honest when he says that he wishes they were able to reconcile before the latter died. I'll give this a spin tonight and give it a shot. Nice work with the review!

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 10th 2020


36116 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review. I only ever heard this band's singles and for some reason never delved deeper. I'm spinning this right now and it's really solid rock. Will probably give this a higher score than I expected.

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gschwen
July 10th 2020


352 Comments


Not really liked this band since Machine, but an early 3.9 is a surprise.

tyman128
July 10th 2020


2229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review man, honestly surprised by how great this sounds! Hollow caught my attention when it released, and the rest of the tracks live up to it too. Gonna have to give this some more spins for sure

DatsNotDaMetulz
July 10th 2020


4005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The fact they took the vocals from scrapped B-sides and unfinished demos over 20 years of Static-X, and turned them into this, is extremely impressive. Some of these vocal tracks have been gathering dust from demos that Wayne thought would never get put right. Probably for the best that the trio isolated the vocal tracks and completely re-wrote the music without hearing the original stuff, as it provides something fresh. And it means Tripp Eisen's involvement is at its bare minimum (basically afaik all his input amounts to is that some of his deleted original riffs may have influenced Wayne's vocal structures). Fuck that guy trying to wedge his way into this.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2020


12239 Comments


"the remaining original members of Static-X have made it a great time to be a fan of the band again."

Unless you're not an idiot and want to avoid Covid-19. These clowns are supposed to be headlining the "Herd Immunity Fest".

https://www.nme.com/news/music/a-herd-immunity-rock-festival-is-taking-place-next-month-2694642

Mesm277
July 10th 2020


799 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Does anyone know the reason behind (Project Regeneration) after some of the tracks? Are those the ones they dug up from the old days or the new ones they found that Wayne had worked on before his death?



Digging this so far regardless

MercySeat
July 10th 2020


324 Comments


Wait it’s actually good??

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William21
July 10th 2020


565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Mesm277: Apparently, those were the tracks that Tripp Eisen originally worked on with Wayne. They re-worked the musical arrangements for those.

Itwasthatwas
July 11th 2020


2943 Comments


I don’t really get it, the band was never good



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