Shadow Zone review by Static-X

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  • Released: Oct 7, 2003
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (11 votes)
Static-X: Shadow Zone

Sound — 10
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".

Lyrics — 8
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.

Overall Impression — 10
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!

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    White And Nerdy
    Good CD, Didn't expect much from it, But a Solid CD, Heavy Riffs, Great singing/screaming, Just what i want.
    great cd, it was the first cd i actually bought. monster was one of my favorite songs on here