Evil disco lives!
There has been much speculation and some controversy in the metal community around Static-X releasing a new album featuring the final vocal recordings of Wayne Static with original members, Tony Campos, Koichi Fukuda, and Ken Jay. Some said it’s a money grab. Others said it shouldn’t be done because Wayne isn’t here. Then there are those who love the band and would like to hear the final recordings of Wayne and thought it was a great idea.
It’s a good thing the band didn’t listen to the doubters.
If you’re a fan of Static-X, you need to pick up Project Regeneration Vol. 1. Tony, Koichi, Ken, and mystery vocalist Xer0 did an amazing job of honoring the memory of Wayne by putting out an album that is 100% Static-X.
Project Regeneration Vol. 1 feels like an organic progression of the bands sound. The mix of instruments, vocals, and sampling is done very well. The album sounds a lot more robust than 2009’s Cult of Static.
The album opens with a sampled instrumental track that will surely be used to open the next round of touring (whenever that happens… Damn virus…). Following the opening track, the first single released for the album, “Hollow“, kicks off and Project Regeneration Vol. 1 never lets up. Some tracks feel instantly familiar as there are elements of early Static-X albums in a few songs. In my opinion, it helps cement the fact that this is a genuine tribute to the memory of Wayne Static.
It’s hard to pick favorite tracks on Project Regeneration Vol. 1. Every track is memorable and well-written. Tony, Ken, and Koichi sound as tight as ever. The addition of Xer0 is a perfect fit. He honors Wayne’s legacy by delivering a powerful vocal performance on 6 of 12 tracks. A few tracks that stand out are “Worth Dyin’ For“, “Terminator Oscillator“, “Something of My Own“, and “Otsego Placebo“. I mean, would it really be a Static-X album without an “Otsego” song?
Overall, this album is a solid release that any fan of Static-X should have. Evil disco lives in Wayne’s memory.