Cult of Static

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Cult of Static
Cult of static.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 17, 2009
Recorded2007–2008
Genre
Length42:11
LabelReprise
Producer
Static-X chronology
Cannibal Killers Live
(2008)
Cult of Static
(2009)
Project Regeneration
(2020)
Singles from Cult of Static
  1. "Stingwray"
    Released: February 17, 2009
  2. "Z28"
    Released: 2009
  3. "Terminal"
    Released: 2009

Cult of Static is the sixth studio album by industrial metal band Static-X. It was released on March 17, 2009. The album's first single "Stingwray" was released and made available on the band's MySpace page on February 17, 2009. The album's title is a reference to the die-hard fans who have supported the band for so long.[1] This would be Static-X's last studio album for eleven years, as well as the last to feature drummer Nick Oshiro and founding member and vocalist Wayne Static when he was alive, though the latter's posthumously released work will be included on the band's next album Project Regeneration. Cult of Static also marked the only time that Static-X did not work with Ulrich Wild, who produced, engineered or mixed the band's previous five albums.

Album information[edit]

Though "Lunatic" was the first single for the album, the song had been released on the Marvel's Punisher: War Zone soundtrack. The song was based partially on a warrior, similar to the Punisher character, and was re-recorded for the album to feature a guitar solo by Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine. The album was produced by John Travis, who also produced Static-X's previous album Cannibal.

Cult of Static continued the band's use of guitar solos and the songs feature more samples and electronic sounds than the previous album, Cannibal. "Stingwray" is available on iTunes and on Static-X's Myspace.

The font for the band's name was the one from Wisconsin Death Trip.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
411Mania7/10[2]
About.com4/5 stars[3]
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
Alternative Press3/5 stars[5]
CDNow3.5/5 stars
IGN7/10[6]
Revolver3.5/5 stars (May 2009, p.069)
Rock Sound7/10[7]
Sea of Tranquility5/5 stars[8]
USA Today1.5/4 stars[9]

The album debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week, making it the band's highest charting album since 2001's Machine and the album received mostly positive reviews from music critics.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Wayne Static, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Lunatic"Tony Campos, Static3:35
2."Z28"Campos, Static3:09
3."Terminal" 3:38
4."Hypure" 4:15
5."Tera-Fied" 5:19
6."Stingwray"Campos, Static4:10
7."You Am I" 3:00
8."Isolaytore" 2:46
9."Nocturnally" 3:49
10."Skinned" 3:34
11."Grind 2 Halt" 4:56
Total length:42:11

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[12] 33
The Billboard 200[13] 16
Digital Albums[13] 16
Rock Albums[13] 4
Hard Rock Albums[13] 2
Tastemakers Albums[13] 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Static-X: 'Cult Of Static' Track Listing Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 2009-01-07. Archived from the original on 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
  2. ^ Slayton, Marshall (2009-03-17). "Music - Static-X - Cult Of Static Review". 411Mania. Archived from the original on 2013-08-31. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  3. ^ Van Horn, Jr., Ray. "Static-X - 'Cult Of Static'". About.com. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Cult of Static - Static-X". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation.
  5. ^ "Static-X - Cult of Static CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  6. ^ Kaz, Jim (2009-04-07). "Static-X - Cult of Static Review". IGN. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  7. ^ Lewis, Faye (2009-03-27). "Static - X - Cult Of Static | Reviews". Rock Sound.
  8. ^ Ward, Scott (2009-03-18). "Review: 'Static-X: Cult Of Static'". Sea of Tranquility. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  9. ^ Shriver, Jerry (2009-03-17). "Static-X, Cult of Static: Drill, Baby, Drill". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  10. ^ "Kelly Clarkson Holds At No. 1, While "Twilight" Bites". Billboard. 2009-03-25.
  11. ^ "Static-X: New Album Title, Release Date Announced". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-12-09. Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
  12. ^ "Australian chart positions". australian-charts.com.
  13. ^ a b c d e "Cult of Static - Static-X". Billboard.