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Static-X's Shadow Zone is a numbingly vacuous, no-dimensional dud that seems to have arrived via wormhole from 1998. In songs like "Kill Your Idols," "Destroy All," and "Monster," Wayne Static -- who's never sounded more like Korn's Jonathan Davis -- yells nonsense like "My head's a loaded gun" and "Breathing, killing, seething, willing" over thudding, one-note thrash busied up with dated electronic fuzz. Producer Josh Abraham (Orgy, Crazy Town) flattens the material to a harsh hiss, reducing the drumming to a vague click behind an impenetrable wall of guitars, and eventually it all just sounds like, yes, static. By mid-album, "The Only"'s foray into Stabbing Westward-style electro-industrial provides depth simply by being derivative in a different way. (Even here, Static's vocal resemblance to Davis is stunning.) Reliance on formula has always been admissible in metal, but it's Static-X's apparent refusal to try anything new or remotely original that makes Shadow Zone such a disappointment. Predictably, the album ends clumsily. "So" and "Invincible" debut some sort of double-track effect on Static's voice, which makes him sound like Layne Staley instead of Davis. Along with the interlude "Transmission," which probably seemed a lot scarier in the studio, the two tracks are a final indictor of Static-X's quickly advancing irrelevance. Shadow Zone's impossibly generic cover art only makes it more indistinguishable.
© Johnny Loftus /TiVo

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1
Destroy All Album Version
00:02:18

Static-X, MainArtist - Josh Freese, Drums - Josh Abraham, Producer - Ryan Williams, Recording Engineer - Tom Whalley, Executive Producer - Mark Kiczula, Assistant Engineer - TOM BAKER, Masterer - ULRICH WILD, Mixer - Nick Oshiro, Band Member - STATIC X, Writer - TONY CAMPOS, Backing Vocals, Bass - WAYNE STATIC, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals - Branden Belsky, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Philips, Assistant Engineer - Paul Pavo, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Tripp Rex Eisen, Guitar - KEN JAY, Additional Keyboards

2003 Warner Records Inc. 2003 Warner Records Inc.

2
Control It Album Version
00:03:04

Campos, Composer - Static-X, MainArtist - Static, Composer, Lyricist - Tripp Eisen, Contributor - Josh Freese, Drums - Josh Abraham, Producer - Ryan Williams, Recording Engineer - Tom Whalley, Executive Producer - Mark Kiczula, Assistant Engineer - TOM BAKER, Masterer - ULRICH WILD, Mixer - Nick Oshiro, Band Member - Steven Gilmore, Contributor - TONY CAMPOS, Backing Vocals, Bass - WAYNE STATIC, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals - Scott Adair for London & Co., Contributor - JAY, Lyricist - Branden Belsky, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Philips, Assistant Engineer - Paul Pavo, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Tripp Rex Eisen, Guitar - KEN JAY, Additional Keyboards - Eisen, Composer - Wolo Entertainment, Inc., Contributor - Gregg Specland for London & Co., Contributor - Troy Wallace, Contributor

2003 Warner Records Inc. 2003 Warner Records Inc.

3
New Pain Album Version
00:02:57

Static-X, MainArtist - Static, Lyricist - Tripp Eisen, Composer, Lyricist - Josh Freese, Drums - Josh Abraham, Producer - Ryan Williams, Recording Engineer - Tom Whalley, Executive Producer - Mark Kiczula, Assistant Engineer - TOM BAKER, Masterer - ULRICH WILD, Mixer - Nick Oshiro, Band Member - Steven Gilmore, Contributor - TONY CAMPOS, Backing Vocals, Bass - WAYNE STATIC, Lyricist, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals - Scott Adair for London & Co., Contributor - Branden Belsky, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Philips, Assistant Engineer - Paul Pavo, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Tripp Rex Eisen, Guitar - KEN JAY, Additional Keyboards - Eisen, Composer, Lyricist - Gregg Specland for London & Co., Contributor - Marie D'Antonio, Contributor

2003 Warner Records Inc. 2003 Warner Records Inc.

4
Shadow Zone Album Version
00:03:05

Static-X, MainArtist - Static, Lyricist - Tripp Eisen, Contributor - Josh Freese, Drums - Josh Abraham, Producer - Ryan Williams, Recording Engineer - Tom Whalley, Executive Producer - Mark Kiczula, Assistant Engineer - TOM BAKER, Masterer - ULRICH WILD, Mixer - Nick Oshiro, Band Member - Steven Gilmore, Contributor - TONY CAMPOS, Backing Vocals, Bass - WAYNE STATIC, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals - Scott Adair for London & Co., Contributor - Branden Belsky, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Philips, Assistant Engineer - Paul Pavo, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Tripp Rex Eisen, Guitar - KEN JAY, Additional Keyboards - Eisen, Composer - Gregg Specland for London & Co., Contributor - Troy Wallace, Contributor

2003 Warner Records Inc. 2003 Warner Records Inc.

5
Dead World Album Version
00:02:47

Static-X, MainArtist - Static, Lyricist - Tripp Eisen, Contributor - Josh Freese, Drums - Josh Abraham, Producer - Ryan Williams, Recording Engineer - Tom Whalley, Executive Producer - Mark Kiczula, Assistant Engineer - TOM BAKER, Masterer - ULRICH WILD, Mixer - Nick Oshiro, Band Member - Steven Gilmore, Contributor - TONY CAMPOS, Backing Vocals, Bass - WAYNE STATIC, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals - Scott Adair for London & Co., Contributor - Branden Belsky, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Philips, Assistant Engineer - Paul Pavo, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Tripp Rex Eisen, Guitar - KEN JAY, Additional Keyboards - Eisen, Composer, Lyricist - Wolo Entertainment, Inc., Contributor - Gregg Specland for London & Co., Contributor - Troy Wallace, Contributor

2003 Warner Records Inc. 2003 Warner Records Inc.

6
Monster Album Version
00:02:14

Static-X, MainArtist - Static, Lyricist - Tripp Eisen, Contributor - Josh Freese, Drums - Josh Abraham, Producer - Ryan Williams, Recording Engineer - Tom Whalley, Executive Producer - Mark Kiczula, Assistant Engineer - TOM BAKER, Masterer - ULRICH WILD, Mixer - Nick Oshiro, Band Member - Steven Gilmore, Contributor - STATIC X, Writer - TONY CAMPOS, Backing Vocals, Bass - WAYNE STATIC, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals - Scott Adair for London & Co., Contributor - Gregg Specland, Contributor - Scott Adair, Contributor - Branden Belsky, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Philips, Assistant Engineer - Paul Pavo, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Tripp Rex Eisen, Guitar - KEN JAY, Additional Keyboards - Eisen, Composer, Lyricist - Wolo Entertainment, Inc., Contributor - Gregg Specland for London & Co., Contributor - Troy Wallace, Contributor

2003 Warner Records Inc. 2003 Warner Records Inc.

7
The Only Album Version
00:02:50

Campos, Composer - Static-X, MainArtist - Josh Freese, Drums - Josh Abraham, Producer - Ryan Williams, Recording Engineer - Tom Whalley, Executive Producer - Mark Kiczula, Assistant Engineer - TOM BAKER, Masterer - ULRICH WILD, Mixer - Nick Oshiro, Band Member - TONY CAMPOS, Backing Vocals, Bass - WAYNE STATIC, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals - Branden Belsky, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Philips, Assistant Engineer - Paul Pavo, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Tripp Rex Eisen, Guitar - KEN JAY, Additional Keyboards - KEN LACEY, Composer - WAYNE WELLS, Composer - Trip Eisen, Composer

2003 Warner Records Inc. 2003 Warner Records Inc.

8
Kill Your Idols Album Version
00:04:00

Static-X, MainArtist - Static, Lyricist - Tripp Eisen, Contributor - Josh Freese, Drums - Josh Abraham, Producer - Ryan Williams, Recording Engineer - Mark Kiczula, Assistant Engineer - TOM BAKER, Masterer - ULRICH WILD, Mixer - Nick Oshiro, Band Member - Steven Gilmore, Contributor - TONY CAMPOS, Backing Vocals, Bass - WAYNE STATIC, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals - Scott Adair for London & Co., Contributor - Branden Belsky, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Philips, Assistant Engineer - Paul Pavo, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Tripp Rex Eisen, Guitar - KEN JAY, Additional Keyboards - Eisen, Composer, Lyricist - Wolo Entertainment, Inc., Contributor - Gregg Specland for London & Co., Contributor - Troy Wallace, Contributor

2003 Warner Records Inc. 2003 Warner Records Inc.

9
All in Wait Album Version
00:04:01

Static-X, MainArtist - Static, Composer, Lyricist - Tripp Eisen, Contributor - Josh Freese, Drums - Josh Abraham, Producer - Ryan Williams, Recording Engineer - Tom Whalley, Executive Producer - Mark Kiczula, Assistant Engineer - TOM BAKER, Masterer - ULRICH WILD, Mixer - Nick Oshiro, Band Member - Steven Gilmore, Contributor - TONY CAMPOS, Backing Vocals, Bass - WAYNE STATIC, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals - Scott Adair for London & Co., Contributor - JAY, Lyricist - Branden Belsky, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Philips, Assistant Engineer - Paul Pavo, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Tripp Rex Eisen, Guitar - KEN JAY, Additional Keyboards - Wolo Entertainment, Inc., Contributor - Gregg Specland for London & Co., Contributor - Troy Wallace, Contributor

2003 Warner Records Inc. 2003 Warner Records Inc.

10
Otsegolectric Album Version
00:02:38

Static-X, MainArtist - Static, Lyricist - Tripp Eisen, Composer, Lyricist - Josh Freese, Drums - Josh Abraham, Producer - Ryan Williams, Recording Engineer - Tom Whalley, Executive Producer - Mark Kiczula, Assistant Engineer - TOM BAKER, Masterer - ULRICH WILD, Mixer - Nick Oshiro, Band Member - Steven Gilmore, Contributor - TONY CAMPOS, Backing Vocals, Bass - WAYNE STATIC, Lyricist, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals - Scott Adair for London & Co., Contributor - Branden Belsky, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Philips, Assistant Engineer - Paul Pavo, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Tripp Rex Eisen, Guitar - KEN JAY, Additional Keyboards - Eisen, Composer, Lyricist - Wolo Entertainment, Inc., Contributor - Gregg Specland for London & Co., Contributor - Marie D'Antonio, Contributor

2003 Warner Records Inc. 2003 Warner Records Inc.

11
So Album Version
00:03:40

Static-X, MainArtist - Static, Composer, Lyricist - Josh Freese, Drums - Josh Abraham, Producer - Ryan Williams, Recording Engineer - Tom Whalley, Executive Producer - Mark Kiczula, Assistant Engineer - TOM BAKER, Masterer - ULRICH WILD, Mixer - Nick Oshiro, Band Member - Steven Gilmore, Contributor - TONY CAMPOS, Backing Vocals, Bass - WAYNE STATIC, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals - Scott Adair for London & Co., Contributor - Branden Belsky, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Philips, Assistant Engineer - Paul Pavo, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Tripp Rex Eisen, Guitar - KEN JAY, Additional Keyboards - Gregg Specland for London & Co., Contributor

2003 Warner Records Inc. 2003 Warner Records Inc.

12
Transmission Album Version
00:01:39

Static-X, MainArtist - Tripp Eisen, Contributor - Josh Freese, Drums - Josh Abraham, Producer - Ryan Williams, Recording Engineer - Tom Whalley, Executive Producer - Mark Kiczula, Assistant Engineer - TOM BAKER, Masterer - ULRICH WILD, Mixer - Nick Oshiro, Band Member - Steven Gilmore, Contributor - STATIC X, Writer - TONY CAMPOS, Bass - WAYNE STATIC, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Scott Adair for London & Co., Contributor - Branden Belsky, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Philips, Assistant Engineer - Paul Pavo, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Tripp Rex Eisen, Guitar - KEN JAY, Additional Keyboards - Wolo Entertainment, Inc., Contributor - Gregg Specland for London & Co., Contributor - Troy Wallace, Contributor

2003 Warner Records Inc. 2003 Warner Records Inc.

13
Invincible Album Version
00:04:05

Static-X, MainArtist - Static, Composer, Lyricist - Josh Freese, Drums - Josh Abraham, Producer - Ryan Williams, Recording Engineer - Tom Whalley, Executive Producer - Mark Kiczula, Assistant Engineer - TOM BAKER, Masterer - ULRICH WILD, Mixer - Nick Oshiro, Band Member - Steven Gilmore, Contributor - TONY CAMPOS, Backing Vocals, Bass - WAYNE STATIC, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Lead Vocals - Scott Adair for London & Co., Contributor - JAY, Composer, Lyricist - Branden Belsky, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Philips, Assistant Engineer - Paul Pavo, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Tripp Rex Eisen, Guitar - KEN JAY, Additional Keyboards - Eisen, Composer - Gregg Specland for London & Co., Contributor

2003 Warner Records Inc. 2003 Warner Records Inc.

Album Description

Static-X's Shadow Zone is a numbingly vacuous, no-dimensional dud that seems to have arrived via wormhole from 1998. In songs like "Kill Your Idols," "Destroy All," and "Monster," Wayne Static -- who's never sounded more like Korn's Jonathan Davis -- yells nonsense like "My head's a loaded gun" and "Breathing, killing, seething, willing" over thudding, one-note thrash busied up with dated electronic fuzz. Producer Josh Abraham (Orgy, Crazy Town) flattens the material to a harsh hiss, reducing the drumming to a vague click behind an impenetrable wall of guitars, and eventually it all just sounds like, yes, static. By mid-album, "The Only"'s foray into Stabbing Westward-style electro-industrial provides depth simply by being derivative in a different way. (Even here, Static's vocal resemblance to Davis is stunning.) Reliance on formula has always been admissible in metal, but it's Static-X's apparent refusal to try anything new or remotely original that makes Shadow Zone such a disappointment. Predictably, the album ends clumsily. "So" and "Invincible" debut some sort of double-track effect on Static's voice, which makes him sound like Layne Staley instead of Davis. Along with the interlude "Transmission," which probably seemed a lot scarier in the studio, the two tracks are a final indictor of Static-X's quickly advancing irrelevance. Shadow Zone's impossibly generic cover art only makes it more indistinguishable.
© Johnny Loftus /TiVo

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