Album Review: Static-X’s “Project Regeneration Vol. 1”

Static-X are officially back with their new album “Project Regeneration Vol. 1.” The effort features songs that Tony Campos, Ken Jay, and Koichi Fukuda tracked with unreleased vocal recordings from the late Wayne Static and it is a must have for fans new and old.

The record opens with an intro track, titled “Regeneration,” which contains a simple message: “the unexpected thing tragedy gives us is the opportunity to rebuild.” This captures the essence of the record, which took tragedy (Wayne’s death) and used it to rebuild the band to honor the frontman and bring kick-ass music to the people.

After the intro, things really heat up with “Hollow (Project Regeneration).” The heavy track gives fans the kind of ”evil disco” that they have come to love from the group. This trend continues as the song gives way to “Worth Dyin For.”

“Worth Dyin For” is then followed by one of the record’s highlights, “Terminator Oscillator,” which blasts the listener with a dose of dancy, electronic-infused metal. The infectious nature of the song progresses as fans are presented with the groovin’ “All These Years” and the vicious “Accelerate.”

As one moves deeper through the album, they will continue to find gems such as “Bring You Down (Project Regeneration)” and “My Destruction.” The latter just makes you want to move and it helps pave the way for the catchy “Something Of My Own (Project Regeneration)” and the ferocious “Otsego Placebo,” which happens to be another standout on the album.

Towards the end of the record, “Follow” breaks in with one last bit of aggression, before things get a little slower with “Dead Souls.” That song ultimately brings everything together by closing the album with a shot of emotion.

All in all, “Project Regeneration Vol. 1” is a killer album that will keep you hooked the whole way through. Make sure to check out the effort when it’s officially released on Friday (July 10) and keep an eye out for news on “Project Regeneration Vol. 2.”

Static-X Tease New Songs

Static-X have posted teasers for three of the songs off their new album “Project Regeneration Vol. 1.” That effort will be released on July 10 and it will feature songs that Tony Campos, Ken Jay, and Koichi Fukuda tracked with unreleased vocal recordings from the late Wayne Static.

Powerman 5000’s Spider One Calls Out Bands For Playing Upcoming “Herd Immunity Fest”, Nonpoint Drop Off

In unsurprising news, the upcoming “Herd Immunity Fest,” which is set to take place at The Q&Z Expo Center in Ringle, WI on July 16-18, has been generating some controversy, considering we are still in the middle of a pandemic. Among those who called out the event was Powerman 5000’s Spider One, who tweeted the following:

Nonpoint, who were scheduled to perform at the festival, also responded to Spider One saying that they dropped off:

Organizers have also addressed the backlash themselves by changing the name of the event:

“For the record the venues land can accommodate up to 10,000 occupancy. This is an OUTDOOR EVENT for 3 Days. We are only selling 20% of that so anyone has the choice and ability to social distance. The Festival is also not called “Herd Immunity” and the name no longer tied to any of our social media or promotion.”

Static-X, Nonpoint, Dope, Etc. Set For “Herd Immunity Fest”

A number of rock/metal acts will apparently be performing at a mini-festival in Ringle, WI next month. The event, which is being called “Herd Immunity Fest,” will take place at The Q&Z Expo Center on July 16-18 and the daily lineups can be found below:

July 16: Blacktop Mojo and Flaw.

July 17: Bobaflex, Royal Bliss, Thunderstruck (AC/DC tribute), ONE (Metallica tribute), and Saul.

July 18: Static-X, Nonpoint, Dope, Kaledio, and Versus Me.

Static-X Reveal Updated Cover Art & Track Listing For New Album “Project Regeneration Vol. 1”

Static-X have released the updated cover art and track listing for volume one of their new double album “Project Regeneration.” That effort will be released on July 10 and it will feature songs that Tony Campos, Ken Jay, and Koichi Fukuda tracked with unreleased vocal recordings from the late Wayne Static. Volume 2 will arrive at a later date.

“Project Regeneration Vol. 1” Track Listing:

01. “Regeneration”
02. “Hollow (Project Regeneration)”
03. “Worth Dyin For”
04. “Terminator Oscillator”
05. “All These Years”
06. “Accelerate”
07. “Bring You Down (Project Regeneration)”
08. “My Destruction”
09. “Something Of My Own (Project Regeneration)”
10. “Otsego Placebo”
11. “Follow”
12. “Dead Souls”

Static-X Premiere “All These Years” Video, Delay New Album

Static-X have premiered a new video for their new song “All These Years.” This track is from their new album “Project Regeneration Vol. 1,” which has now been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Digital and CD copies will be released on July 10, while vinyl copies will be released on August 14. Ken Jay said the following about the new video:

“It’s very challenging to represent someone in a music video, who is no longer alive, but that was something that we really wanted to do and I think it came out great. These are some of Wayne’s last works, so we really wanted to make this video all about him and to continue to celebrate his life and legacy. What better way to do that than through a fun, fictional story about how Wayne was inspired to become the legend that who he became through Static-X.”

Static-X And Dope Lose Nearly $200,000 Worth Of Gear In Warehouse Theft

Static-X and Dope have lost nearly $200,000 worth of gear in a theft at their shared warehouse space in Los Angeles, CA. The bands shared a list of all the stolen items.

The following was also said in a press release:

“Platinum selling International recording artists STATIC-X have filed a police report with the LAPD, siting that their warehouse space (which is also shared with the band Dope) was recently robbed of nearly 200K worth of touring equipment during the Corona Virus Lockdown.

The two bands were advised the two bands to take the story public, in order to help raise awareness with other small business owners and bands alike. Below is a form where you can enter an anonymous tip to help the LAPD find those who stole the gear.

“With most of us in locked down, and those who aren’t locked down, wearing masks in public, apparently it’s a great time to be a thief”. says Static-X drummer Ken Jay.

The band has released a statement on the robbery.

We want to encourage our community to keep a close eye on your property and on your facilities during this unprecedented time. We also ask for our fans to keep an eye out for the stolen items and maybe we can help the police find these people.

The band has publicized a list of stolen equipment here, complete with many of the serial numbers. The list includes: Multiple LED video panels, 2 drum kits, 40+ cymbals, various high end audio/video gear, microphones, racks, branded backdrops, etc.

“This is tough one to swallow ” says Edsel Dope. “Our bands are small businesses that have developed and refined our touring systems over years. The amount of time and effort that has gone into building out the tech and AV the production alone is hard to quantify. It’s a lot of money. We own all of our own gear and have built our touring business through years of hard work and continuous investment back into ourselves.”

“In the end, we recognize that there are far worse things happening around the world.

We want to send out positive vibes to everyone in this crazy time. Stay safe, protect yourself from ALL the threats, and take care of each other.

We will learn from this and take the necessary steps to rebuild during this down time, while allowing ourselves to be a cautionary tale for others.

Stay safe and see you soon!”

Static-X and + DOPE +

SEND AN ANONYMOUS TIP HERE: >>> https://static-x.org/pages/stolen-gear

Static-X, Aborted, Black Crown Initiate, Etc. Members Form Heavy Metal Choir For “Doom Eternal” Score

Composer Mick Gordon has recruited a full choir of heavy metal singers to contribute to the score for the latest installment in the “Doom” video game series “Doom Eternal” (out March 20). The artists that took part include: Tony Campos (Static-X, etc.), Sven de Caluwe (Aborted), James Dorton (Black Crown Initiate), James Rivera (Helstar), Linzey Rae (The Anchor), the late Nature Ganganbaigal (Tengger Cavalry), Rae Amitry (Immortal Bird), Ben Crossbones (Arkane), Chad Kapper (Frontierer), Chelsea Rocha-Murphy (Kinnefret), Chelsea Strickland (Accursed Creator), Emanuel Palalic (The False Archaic), Emma Lytle (Vault Dweller), Linsay O’Connor (Coma Cluster Void), Natalie Kahan (Wildspeaker), Wesley Merritt (The World I Knew), Lucy Lenoir (Apothica), Tre Watson Chris De Leon, Aaron Grace, Andrea Pacas, and Elijah Arnold.

Static-X Premiere “Hollow” Video, Expand “Project Regeneration” To A Double Album

Static-X have premiered a new video for their new song “Hollow.” This track is from the band’s new album “Project Regeneration,” which has now been expanded to a double album. Volume 1 of that effort will be released on May 29.

Tony Campos said the following:

“Today is a very exciting day, as we are finely releasing the first Static-X single and video in more than 10 years. The band, our producers, and most importantly Wayne‘s family are incredibly happy with the way that the album is turning out and we know that Wayne is looking down on us all with a big smile, as we begin sharing his final works with the world.”

Ken Jay also commented:

“We have been working on allot of material over the last year and a half and while selecting the songs to move into the final mix phase, it became clear that there is just too much material and too little time for this to be a single album.”

Campos continued:

“The last thing that we wanted to do was make the fans wait any longer. We also didn’t want to abandon the remaining material, because it is very close to being complete and we know that the fans are going to want to be able to hear and experience all of it.

We also recognize that all of this music is part of the same body of work, which marks this very important chapter of Static-X, so it is only logical to release all of the music under the same banner, Project Regeneration.

The vocals for the song Hollow were originally recorded in 2005 for the Static-X album Start A War, but Wayne and I never felt like the music on the original Hollow demo was fully realized. That is why it didn’t appear on Start A War or any Static-X album that followed.

The vocals sounded great, but some of the musical compositions from that time period felt a bit experimental. The band was going through a lot of changes at that time and, in retrospect, it felt like we’d strayed away from that authentic Static-X sound that really defined us.”

Ken Jay added:

“When we began working on Project Regeneration our producers advised us to ignore any of the old demo music, so we opted for the original band to re-enter the studio with nothing more than Wayne‘s isolated vocal tracks and to just be ourselves, to be Static-X, and to make Evil Disco.

The vocals sound really great and I think that Wayne would be extremely happy with what we’ve done with the music and to know that these tracks have finally realized their full potential.

Right now we are finalizing the mixes for the first batch of songs, which will appear on Volume 1, while we continue to finish up the tracking for the rest of the music, which will appear on Volume 2. Volume 1 will be released at the end of May and the goal is to release Volume 2 as soon as possible.”

The double record will feature 20 new songs all featuring vocals from the late Wayne Static.

Static-X, Sevendust, August Burns Red, Etc. Set For 2020 Blue Ridge Rock Festival

The lineup for the 2020 Blue Ridge Rock Festival has begun to take shape. The event will take place at the Appomattox Community Park in Appomattox, VA on September 18-20 and the following artists have been revealed so far: Static-X, Sevendust, August Burns Red, Knocked Loose, Motionless In White, The Pretty Reckless, Nonpoint, Rev Run (RUN DMC), Gemini Syndrome, Below 7, Artwork For The Blind, Sepmber Acerbus, Aurin, Pigweed, Cursor, Breathing Theory, Hollow Intent, Set For Tomorrow, Just Standing, Pulses., and Demyze.