Static-X Albums Ranked

Static-X is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1994. The line-up has fluctuated over the years but was long-held constant with band founder, frontman, vocalist, and guitarist Wayne Static until 2014. The band was founded by Wayne Static and original drummer Ken Jay. They rose to fame with their 1999 debut album Wisconsin Death Trip where their heavy industrial metal sound attracted attention within the burgeoning nu metal movement of the late 1990s, with the album eventually going platinum in the United States. The band released five more albums over the course of the next decade: Machine in 2001, Shadow Zone in 2003, Start a War in 2005, Cannibal in 2007, and Cult of Static in 2009. Here are all of the Static-X albums ranked.

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7. Cult Of Static (2009)

Static-X – Cult Of Static (2009, Vinyl) - Discogs

“Consistency, You know what your getting with Static X. If you like them, you will like this. As you can tell by the title and CD cover (featuring many little Wayne’s in the background which is clever as hel*) you see that they are their own entity and have their little ‘Cult’ fan-base at this point that will support the band. Those fans wont be disappointed.”

6. Project: Regeneration Vol. 1 (2020)

Static-X - Project Regeneration Vol. 1 Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

“There is no band that sounds like Static X. I had the honor of seeing them in 2007 during the Cannibal release and even have the album fully signed by the band at the time. Kiochi had just returned and a hell of a guitar player he was, I’d never heard anyone write solo’s to industrial music so well. Anyways, concert was a blast. When they broke up after Cult of Static though, I wasn’t as upset as I should have been, Cult of Static was a massive drop off from Cannibal just a few years before and I thought maybe they had reached their peak.”

5. Cannibal (2007)

Static X* - Cannibal | Références, Avis, Crédits | Discogs

“Static X is, in my opinion, some of the more fun metal to listen to. The songs are played well, the lyrics are fun to sing/yell even if they don’t mean anything, and the band has time and time again put out good music.”

4. Start A War (2005)

Start a War - Album by Static-X | Spotify

“A lot of people say this band lost their edge since “Machine”, but I disagree. They’ve never wavered from what made X what they are. Start a War is every bit as orginal as ‘Wisconsin’. Granted, this band is somewhat mainstream as they cater to the 3-minute attention span of popular radio, but their music is never redundant and never predictable. This album as a whole is very enjoyable for those who like the X sound. For those who don’t, don’t even bother. “

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3. Shadow Zone (2003)

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“From “Wisconsin Death Trip” to “Machine” and finally to “Shadow Zone” there’s only one conclusion you can make: Wayne Static, head creative mind of the band, changes the band’s style for every new album (I’ve only heard these 3 so I could be wrong). Point being, “Shadow Zone” pushes the industrial tone of the album back, makes the guitars less in your face but still distorted enough to be heavy, and concentrates on making songs that have melodic structure to them. Wayne Static has an amazing clean and harder-yet-on-pitch singing voice and demonstrates it at the forefront for a lot of the songs on this album. The experiment of going melodic sounds extremely good and still retains some of the quirkiness of Static-X’s sound.”

2. Machine (2001)

Static-X - Machine | Ediciones, críticas, créditos | Discogs

“Static-X always had industrial rock leanings; on their debut, “Wisconsin Death Trip”, their sound incorporated almost a perfect mix of metal and industrial. On “Machine”, there’s less of the metal and more of the industrial influence shining through.”

1. Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)

Static-X – Wisconsin Death Trip (1999, CD) - Discogs

“This has got to be one of the best rock albums ever written in my opinion. I can listen to this CD over and over and never get tired of it. Static X never topped this release in my opinion. After hearing this, I started picking up other Static X albums, each time hoping they could recapture the magic of this record. So far, none have come close to this.”