Tony Campos

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Tony Campos
Soulfly, Tony Campos, 2012.jpg
Tony Campos performing with Soulfly on September 2, 2012
Background information
Birth name Antonio Campos
Also known as Maldito X
Born (1973-03-09) March 9, 1973 (age 45)
Los Angeles, California, United States[1]
Genres industrial metal, alternative metal, groove metal, death metal, nu metal, thrash metal, grindcore, cowpunk, industrial rock, industrial dance, crossover thrash, heavy metal, hard rock, speed metal, extreme metal, alternative country, metalcore
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals, backing vocals
Years active 1994–present
Labels Warner Bros., Reprise
Associated acts Fear Factory, Ministry, Static-X, Soulfly, Prong, Possessed, Agony, Brujeria, Dia de los Muertos, Asesino, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, Attika 7, Cavalera Conspiracy

Antonio Campos (born March 8, 1973) is an American musician. He is the current bass player for the industrial metal bands Fear Factory and Ministry, and the vocalist and bassist for Asesino. He is a former bassist for metal bands Static-X, Prong, Soulfly, and Possessed.

Career[edit]

Campos was part of the original Static-X lineup, playing bass and singing backing vocals on all of the group's studio albums. Along with Wayne Static, he was one of the legal owners of the Static-X name[2].

In 2001, Campos broke his collarbone in a motorcycle accident, leaving him unable to play in the ongoing "Extreme Steel Tour". Campos continued to sing backing vocals on the tour, and Marty O'Brien took over bass duties.[3]

In 2002, Campos became part of Mexican American metal group Asesino. His stage name, "Maldito X", is Spanish for "Damned X".[4] In the same year, he played bass with the Colombian band Agony during the Rock al Parque.

Campos has played bass for Ministry in three stints (2007-2008, 2011-2012, 2014-2016) following the death of Paul Raven.[5] He has joined Ministry again for their US tour with Death Grips in Autumn 2017.[6]

From 2011-2012, he was a member of death metal band Possessed. He also played with Possessed in 2013 at The Oakland Metro.

He also joined Soulfly in 2011 as their bassist.

In May 2015, Campos announced his departure from Soulfly, and that he would be joining Fear Factory as their bassist[7].

Influences[edit]

Campos has cited Blasko, Cliff Burton, Dan Lilker, Jeff Hanneman, and Kerry King as influences.[8][9]

Equipment[edit]

  • Zon Legacy 5-string with EMG MM5CS pickups
  • Neal Moser Custom Shop Scimitar (P-bass style) 4-string with EMG-P pickup, tuned BbFBbEb
  • Fernandes Tremor 5-strings with EMG-40DC pickups, tuned BbFBbEbAb.
  • SWR SM-900 head, SWR Goliath Senior 6x10 cab.
  • Tech 21 SansAmp PSA-1 preamp, Dunlop 105Q Bass Wah, Line 6 Bass POD
  • Fernandes five-string signature Tremor bass guitars with EMG-40HZ and MM5CS pickups.

Campos tunes to ADGCF when playing in Asesino. In Static-X, he played with several tunings: CFBbEbG and BbFBbEbAb during Shadow Zone and forward.[10][11]

Discography[edit]

Static-X[edit]

Asesino[edit]

Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters[edit]

Ministry[edit]

Soulfly[edit]

Prong[edit]

Attika 7[edit]

  • Blood of My Enemies (2012)

As guest member[edit]

Year Band Album Track(s)
2007 Divine Heresy Bleed the Fifth "Rise of the Scorned" and "Closure"
2011 Otep Atavist "Drunk on the Blood of Saints" and "Remember to Forget"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wayne, Tripp, & Tony answer fanQ". Jess. Retrieved 2007-11-13. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "WAYNE STATIC: Former STATIC-X Bassist TONY CAMPOS 'Hates Me To Death'". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2013-11-30. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  3. ^ "Tony Campos: No "Static" with SWR!". SWR. Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Asesino". BNR MEtal. Archived from the original on 2007-11-11. Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  5. ^ "MINISTRY, MESHUGGAH, HEMLOCK: Complete Tour Details Revealed". Road Runner Records. 2007-11-12. Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  6. ^ Campos, Tony (October 13, 2017). "'Did I mention, I'm playing in Ministry again?'". Facebook. Retrieved November 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Tony Campos Joins Fear Factory !!! - Fear Factory". Fear Factory. May 2, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Previously Unreleased "Golden Gods" Interview With TONY CAMPOS (Soulfly, Prong, ex-Static X)!". YouTube.com. 2012-04-10. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  9. ^ "Interview with Tony Campos Bassist for Static-X". YouTube.com. 2007-04-25. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  10. ^ "Static-X's Tony Campos". Bass Player. 2005-08-01. Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  11. ^ "Tony Campos". Guitar Geek. 2005. Archived from the original on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2007-11-13.