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Classic Album Review: Static-X | Machine

More sonic assaults that grab you by the throat and shake the stuffing outta you.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


A friend asked me what Static-X were like, and so help me, I could only remember two things about their 1999 debut album Wisconsin Death Trip: 1) They play thrashing, relentless industro-metal; 2) The singer (Wayne Static) has a gigantic, Don King frightwig crown of hair.

Both are back in full effect on the NIN-meets-White Zombie opus Machine, as Static and co. deliver another dozen body blows driven by piston-fire drumbeats, drill-press guitars and exhaustively bellowed lyrics about pain, alienation and disillusionment. Thing is, although sonic assaults like Get To The Gone grab you by the throat and shake the stuffing outta you, they’re so stereotypical that once the disc is over, you can only remember two things about the band. And if Wayne gets a haircut, you can make that one thing.