Sound — 8
"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.
Lyrics — 6
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."
Overall Impression — 8
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.