Sound — 9
Static-X, the power chord generated industrial band has a unique yet very distinct sound and ambience. Cult Of Static, there most recent release focused on giving back to the fans and going back to their raw roots on such albums like Wisconsin Death Trip/Shadow Zone. The album reminds me of a start a war and wisonsin death trip kind of mix.
Lyrics — 4
The singing of wayne has seemed to be dulled and less aggressive most due to years of his unique singing style and relentless touring. Though on most previous albums waynes lyrics are at most predictible there were a few twists in Cult Of Static like with an introduction of a female voice in the beggining of Tera-Fied. Waynes Mono-tone singing fit's the style of music Static-X plays perfectly and never seems to change the style of his singing.
Overall Impression — 7
Cult of Static is deffinatly a good attempt to get in touch with past albums yet still lacks, in some songs, the powerful vocal feeling that other albums had brought previously. With the induction of solos in this album they actually fit very well and aren't at all limiting the songs. -Tera-Fied, involves a catchy intro and a femals voice during the intro and to me resembles the song Love Dump from Start A War album. The song overall fit's well in the album even with the softer type introduction. -Z28, opens right up with a steady solid riff and with the entrance of the vocals still keeps the fast punching pace. Deffinatly in top 5 best songs on the album. -Skinned, one of the best tracks of the album and reminds me a lot of No Submission from the SAW soundtrack. The drums in this song sure are defined and shape this song to be a great static song. -Grind 2 Halt, deffinatly feels like a song off the shadow zone album with the crunching distortion and backing guitar melody. With an electro kind of sample playing throughout the song it fit's extremely well to make another Static-classic. -You Am I, fast pace killer vocals sure makes the tone for the song defined yet intrumnetal-wise it didn't seem to mix well with the vocals. -Lunatic, agrueably a great opener to the album and being track one sets the feeling for the rest of the album. The roar of a crowd punches right through you and sets a great tone. The solo (with Dave Mustaine) rips into the song and shreds the ears right off your head and leaves a great impression even with the fact the solo is very short and sweet. -Stingwray, Is really probably my most disliked song off the album because it lacks the drive and punch of a solid chorus and bridges. If you based buying this Album on this one song I would think again because Stingwray may very well be the worst song off Cult Of Static. Overall if your a Static-X fan this album deffinatly is worth picking up because it reflects their roots and the hard work they have done making it to this point. The push factor does still rest that it lacks vocal power in some songs but even still the rest of the tracks surely make up for the not-so-great ones.