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Title:
Shadow zone
Author:
Static-X (Musical group), performer.
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA. : Warner Bros., 2003.
Physical Description:
1 audio disc (40 min.) : digital, audio ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Lyrics on insert.
Language:
English
Contents:
Destroy all Control it New pain Shadow zone Dead world Monster Only Kill your idols All in wait Otsegolectric So Transmission Invincible
Added Title:
Destroy all.

Control it.

New pain.

Dead world.

Monster.

Only.

Kill your idols.

All in wait.

Otsegoletctric.

So.

Transmission.

Invincible.
UPC:
093624842729
Format :
Music CD

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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