Tony Campos

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Tony Campos
Campos performing with Soulfly in 2012
Campos performing with Soulfly in 2012
Background information
Birth nameAntonio Campos
Also known asMaldito X
Born (1973-03-08) March 8, 1973 (age 48)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Genres
Instruments
  • Bass
  • vocals
Years active1994–present
Labels
Associated acts

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

Career[edit]

Campos was part of the original Static-X lineup, playing bass and performing 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, even though he did not participate in the band's temporary reunion from 2012–2013.[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]

On October 23, 2018, Campos announced that he and the other two surviving original members – guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay – had reformed Static-X, who were planning to release a new album and tour in 2019 in memory of Wayne Static.[8]

Band history[edit]

Influences[edit]

Campos has cited Blasko, Cliff Burton, Dan Lilker, Jeff Hanneman, and Kerry King as influences.[9][10]

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. With Static-X, he played with several tunings: CFBbEbG and BbFBbEbAb during Shadow Zone and forward.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Campos majored in computer science before becoming a musician.[13] He's an avid video gamer[14] and considers the Doom and Halo series as his all-time favorites.[15]

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"
2015 Taipan Straight from the Underground "Straight from the Underground"
2020 Mick Gordon Doom Eternal soundtrack Member of the "Heavy Metal Choir"[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wayne, Tripp, & Tony answer fanQ". Jess. Retrieved November 13, 2007.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "WAYNE STATIC: Former STATIC-X Bassist TONY CAMPOS 'Hates Me To Death'". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. November 30, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  3. ^ "Tony Campos: No "Static" with SWR!". SWR. Retrieved November 13, 2007.
  4. ^ "Asesino". BNR MEtal. Archived from the original on November 11, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2007.
  5. ^ "MINISTRY, MESHUGGAH, HEMLOCK: Complete Tour Details Revealed". Road Runner Records. November 12, 2007. Archived from the original on May 26, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2007.
  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. ^ "New STATIC-X Album, 'Project Regeneration', Featuring WAYNE STATIC's Final Vocal Performances, To Arrive In 2019". Blabbermouth. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "Previously Unreleased "Golden Gods" Interview With TONY CAMPOS (Soulfly, Prong, ex-Static X)!". YouTube.com. April 10, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "Interview with Tony Campos Bassist for Static-X". YouTube.com. April 25, 2007. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  11. ^ "Static-X's Tony Campos". Bass Player. August 1, 2005. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2007.
  12. ^ "Tony Campos". Guitar Geek. 2005. Archived from the original on December 3, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2007.
  13. ^ "Interview: Tony Campos of STATIC-X". Antihero Magazine. July 18, 2020.
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k2mZfAmbbA&t=1608
  15. ^ https://supermetalworld.com/blog/2020/09/08/interview-with-static-x-bassist-tony-campos/
  16. ^ M, C (March 5, 2020). "Doom Eternal - Soundtrack Behind the Scenes". Youtube. Retrieved March 5, 2020.