Shadow Zone Review

artist: static-x date: 07/30/2007 category: compact discs
static-x: Shadow Zone
Released: Oct 7, 2003
Genre: Rock
Number Of Tracks: 13
"These are the strongest songs we've ever written," proclaims frontman/guitarist Wayne Static about the new album Shadow Zone.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 7
 Overall Impression: 8.7
 Overall rating:
 8.9 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.2 
 Users rating:
 9.5 
 Votes:
 11 
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overall: 7.3
Shadow Zone Reviewed by: jonesmethod, on october 06, 2003
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Sound: "These are the strongest songs we've ever written," proclaims frontman/guitarist Wayne Static about the new album "Shadow Zone." So, are they the best song Static-X has ever produced? We it's hard to say. They sound almost identical to those of "Wisconsin Death Trip," and "Machine." The only difference is the varying guitar riffs. Static-X's music is among the most simplest ever written. That's not to say it isn't good. On the new album, you still get the low-tuned guitars, with heavy metal distortion, and two note power chord riffs. But what more could you want from a nu-metal band? The Static clan still throw in the synth every once in awhile on the record as well as previous ones. One thing you can choose to admire about the band is that they have stayed true to their simplistic nu-metal sound; or you can choose to dislike it as their sound has not grown or progessed over the life span of the band. With all that said, Static fans won't be disappointed with the sound of this record. // 8

Lyrics: Songs like, "Destroy All," "Control It," "New Pain," and, "Dead World," pretty much some up some classic nu-metal lyrics, which usually focus on topics like: hate, control, death, killing, pain, and suffering. All the negative things pretty much. Don't worry. They haven't missed many topics on "Shadow Zone." With the music being heavy, and the lyrics being agressive, it's a perfect match. As far as Wayne Static's singing goes, he sounds a little more contained and it sounds as if he can't really belt out that growl he perfected on the two previous albums. He lacks the performance he did on "Death Trip," and "Machine." // 6

Overall Impression: Comparing "Shadow Zone" to previous albums, it's really hard to choose the best one, partly because none of them really stand out, and they all have virtually the same sound. It is also hard to choose songs that stick out the most because of the same reason. As mentioned before, you can choose to like or not like Static-X because they have stuck with their sound. If you are a fan of the band, buy the record, you won't be disappointed. But, if you are looking for something new from the Static clan, you will be. // 8

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overall: 9.3
Shadow Zone Reviewed by: unregistered, on june 28, 2004
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Sound: The hard hitting beats and riffs within this album are very hostile and aggressive with an obvious feel of Korn thrown in, this album does feel very pollished but it has its moments of raw sounds and technological reverbs. It would be the kind of sound recruited for a Matrix soundtrack with its programme stlye notes and palm muting. The overall sound leaves a feel of trauma and anxst hate. You can tell that they have referred back to their original sounds, you can hear this in the track "Dead Zone" which sounds similar too "Otsego Undead" on their second album "Machine". // 10

Lyrics: The voice of hate that Wayne Static puts across is very optimistic and rhythmic towards all aspects of the band. Midway through the album when it reaches "The Only" you can tell that the Johnathan Davis influence kicks in and by the end track "Invincible" it seems as if it is JD himself on the other end of the mic. Static's voice reaches highs and lows through his various singing and screameing techniques which gives an overall significant sound that cannot be matched. Statics voice also feels as if it is two mixed together where if you listen carefully can here the aggression of Layne Staley and Johnathan Davis. // 8

Overall Impression: Overall it is a very well put together album, the mood changes from start to end by starting off aggressive and mellowing throughout. The gloomy techno BG sounds give this an ultimate feel of bitter and dramatic music but very slick and peaceful in its own way. The opening track "Destroy All" sets the mood of all things to come throughout the album and never shows any signs of slowning down or becoming dull. The highlights of this album are "Destroy All", "New Pain", "The Only", "Kill your Idols", "Otsegolectric" and "Invincible". I feel this album is not better than its previous title "Machine" but in its own way of being heavier and faster it can not be compared. Legally! If I where you I would buy all the albums of this in your shop so no one else can listen to how good it is! // 10

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overall: 8
Shadow Zone Reviewed by: aenimafist, on july 30, 2007
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Sound: Static-X combines modern day low tuned metal with the percussive and synth sounds of industrial dance. during many of their songs they begin with a cool little sampling track that gives their sound sort of a Rob Zomieish or Mansonish touch. The song Only has the best sampling track in the whole album by far because the notes, I guess you'd call 'em, give Only a good first sound while the guitars are playing these distorted power chords. Shadow Zone (song) uses a cool drum sound for part of the song a nd the two guitar parts intertwine quite nicely. The best thing about Static-X is their music is dark but you can still bob your head to it. Monster is a wierd track because it is clocked at 270 bpm. The fastest I have ever heard! // 9

Lyrics: don't get me wrong, Wayne is a pretty talented vocalist but when it comes to writing words, this is Static's weakness. It all sounds the same: "You suck I rule," "when I feel good you feel like crap." Ya know, that sort of thing that is pretty standard of many metal groups. Their lyrics sound like that of Seether. Wayne does a great job of expressing his opinion when there is one to express in a song but maybe he sould look into making a concept album. // 7

Overall Impression: There really is no band that sounds like Static-X. Stabbing Westward sounds a little bit like them but nobody sings like Wayne and that kind of makes this band unique. Their constant use of techno music and samples create a cool effect. The best songs are: Destroy All, The Only, Monster, and Shadow Zone. Personally I think Wisconsin Death Trip was better but this was certainly a good attempt for something better. // 8

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