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Start a War/X-Rated [CD & DVD]
     

Start a War/X-Rated [CD & DVD]

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by Static-X
 

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Static-X's 2003 album Shadow Zone was a mess. Trying too blatantly to match wits with Korn and searching blindly for depth in electronics and processed drums, it tried desperately to expand on the sound of Machine and Wisconsin Death Trip, and that flawed ambition was its biggest problem. The early material was grating and

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Static-X's 2003 album Shadow Zone was a mess. Trying too blatantly to match wits with Korn and searching blindly for depth in electronics and processed drums, it tried desperately to expand on the sound of Machine and Wisconsin Death Trip, and that flawed ambition was its biggest problem. The early material was grating and one-dimensional, but it had a certain primal flair for the very same reasons -- songs were really an afterthought in the face of its blistering howl. Frontman Wayne Static seems to have figured that out with 2005's Start a War, and he's aided by the thick and hoary tone of original guitarist Koichi Fukada, who's rejoined the fold after the forced departure of Tripp Eisen. (This is also the band's first recording with former tour-only drummer Nick Oshiro.) From the beginning, War lights into a guttural guitar strut over refreshing live drumming and doesn't let up, masking Static's laughably atrocious lyrics (keywords: destroy, kill, hate, fall, terror, self-destruct) with an unrelenting roar. Imagine the sewage wind flowing though an abandoned subway line, or a thousand first-person shooters cranked to full volume, and that's the effect of "Enemy," "I'm the One," the screeching "Start a War," and "Dirthouse." The latter suffers from weird tattletale intonation in the vocal. However, its harsh snare reports are brilliant, and the billowing electronic throbs and sirens make it sound like White Zombie idling at a starting line. It's not a new sound, not anywhere near, and Start a War inevitably falters. It can't survive on a diet of enormous guitar tone alone. But at least Static-X is having fun making this stuff, and in its best moments the album is a raucous, hedonistic chortle, a crinkling PVC lark, an industrial thrash waste valve blaring deafening nothingness into the inky night sky. [The album was also issued in a bonus DVD version.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2005
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624930129
catalogNumber:
49301

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Static-X   Primary Artist
Tripp Eisen   Guitar
Koichi Fukuda   Guitar,Group Member
Wayne Static   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Tony Campos   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Nick Oshiro   Drums,Group Member
Daniel Wild   Percussion

Technical Credits

Tom Whalley   Executive Producer
Ulrich Wild   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
David May   Producer
James Hall & Worship & Praise   Filmmaker
Steven R. Gilmore   Art Direction
Static-X   Composer
Mike Renault   Management
Koichi Fukuda   Programming
Wayne Static   Programming
Raena Winscott   Producer
Troy Wallace   Video Producer,Video Director,Filmmaker
Dennis Sanders   Management
Matt Eidson   Filmmaker
Jason Freedman   Sound Effects
Richie Riot   Filmmaker
Andy "Matahaji" Sandoval   Filmmaker
John Toler   Filmmaker

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Start a War 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whoever rights those All Music Guide articles isn't Barnes and Noble a favor. Sometimes he/she completely rips on a band. Isn't it their job just to point out the good in the band in order to actually sell the album? Just a thought. Anyways, this cd is probably one of Static-X's worst, but it's still great. It has really catchy songs, yet I still think that Shadow Zone was better. And personally, I only half-enjoyed Machine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll agree with others who say that Wisconsin Death Trip was a great CD, but this CD lives up to that. It definitely has a different sound to it, but i enjoyed every song on this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good one. Although i would say that WSD is slightly better, if only because its original. But this CD is still a blast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago