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Start a War [Explicit Lyrics]

Static-X Audio CD
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1. Enemy
2. I'm the One
3. Start A War
4. Pieces
5. Dirthouse
6. Skinnyman
7. Just in Case
8. Set It Off
9. I Want to F***ing Break It
10. Night Terrors
11. Otsego Amigo
12. My Damnation
13. Brainfog

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With its fourth album, thrash heroes Static-X head back to the future of metal as 'Start A War' marks the return of original producer Ulrich Wild and original guitarist Koichi Fukuda, both of whom were instrumental in the success of the band's platinum debut Wisconsin Death Trip. Unrelenting and uncompromising, Static-X elevates it's bone-crunching hard rock to a new level of earth-scorching destruction with 'Start A War'. Warner. 2005.

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3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good album Dec 28 2005
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Format:Audio CD
When I first popped in the cd I felt it was a little boring. However, over time it sure begins to grow on you and is actually pretty cool. Wisconsin Death Trip has always been my favorite Static X album but I am sure enjoying this one. I give it 3 stars cause it's good and I'd suggest buying it but it's nothing earth shattering.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Catchiest album of the year thus far June 17 2005
By A. Stutheit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Static-X have based a career around routine. They have habitually released a new studio album every two years, each album has a song with the word "otsego" in its title, and, in between new C.D.'s, one band member drops from the lineup. Also, anyone who has listened to all of their albums knows that Static-X have made each album sound different than the last.
1999's "Wisconsin Death Trip" was a very good industrial metal album and a great debut, but 2001's "Machine" was (considered by most to be) a sophomore slump. "Machine" was just a full on metal assault, but 2003's "Shadow Zone," which recaptured the industrial-metal edges, was maybe Static's best work to date.

Static-X have one last tradition: being underrated. "Wisconsin Death Trip" went platinum, but that was mostly thanks to the hit single "Push It." Albums number two and three have been vastly overlooked. Part of their problem is that Static-X formed around the same time as most nu-metal bands, and, even though their music is like Pantera meets Ministry, it usually ends up sounding along the lines of White Zombie (another "nu-metal" band). Thus, they are lumped in with a lot of radio-friendly and unoriginal "metal" groups. But Static-X ain't Crazy Town. Their past three releases were all solid industrial metal albums which were heavy, consistent, and quite innovative.

Now we have "Start a War," a release that I had high expectations for. This was supposed to be an album that gets back to the roots of their debut, and former guitarist Koichi Fukuda (who worked with the band on "WDT") rejoined Static for this album, so it wouldn't be a complete shock to me if Static-X sounded like they did back in 1999. But, even still, I was excited to hear "Start a War," and expected it to carry on the "new sound" tradition. Did it?

"Enemy" has a fast skipping intro with trippy, bobbing guitars and drums. Some keyboards are included, giving this song a spacey vibe (which is creepy at times), and Wayne goes from whispering to laying down a couple of "Machine"-esque yells, to staccato vocals.
"Start a War" has beeping synthesizers in the verses. The guitars and vocals explode in the choruses, though.
"Pieces" has stop-start, staccato riffing and vocals, plus a mini guitar solo.
"Dirthouse" begins and ends with a almost a machine gun snare drum attack. The middle has soft, chugging guitar riffs with some synths.
"Skinnyman" has a lurching groove with chugging, industrial-tinged guitars.
"Just in Case" sort of echoes "So" from the last Static-X album. It begins with a booming, pounding rhythm, but then it turns to non-dominating guitars, synths, and vocals which switch from whispering to fairly clean and proper crooning.
"Brainfog" is maybe the weirdest song ever written by this band. The first two and a half minutes is sheer techno, followed by five minutes of silence. This is then followed by a capella vocals, which echo track 11 "Otsego Amigo." The vocals begin with a loud demonic voice, then Wayne rages out of control, then there is a bit of whispering, and finally, a man who speaks in Spanish.

But, even with the above heavy moments, "Start a War" probably has the most electronica out of all five of Static-X's releases. Plus, Wayne croons and whispers about as much as he yells. As aforementioned, Static-X has always been a solid industrial metal band, but here they are a bit more melodic; like industrial-techno-metal.

Now, I hope I haven't given you the wrong impression; Static-X didn't substitute any riffs in favor of synths. "Start A War" is still plenty heavy and VERY catchy (maybe the catchiest album of the year). It has more riffs than most industrial bands would ever dream of, and the first four tracks have a break neck speed, but the C.D.'s pace slows down as it progresses. (In addition to the aforementioned songs, "I Want to F-ing Break It" and "I'm the One" are two of the most exciting songs on here. "I Want to F-ing Break It" has a surging guitar attack and raging vocals, and "I'm the One" is probably the catchiest and most addictive track of the bunch.)

So, to answer my own question: yes, this album does have a new sound. Wayne and Company made this new sound by combining the metallic moments from their previous albums and adding more electronics. This C.D. does not go back to Static-X's roots and it does not sound very much like "Wisconsin Death Trip" (which is what was intended). Instead, "Start a War" is like "Shadow Zone" meets Nine Inch Nails. It's not watered down sound, it's more like Static-X with a new wave vibe.

"Start a War" probably won't change the minds of non-fans, but it's still a good album. You might be like me, kind of lukewarm on it at first, but this disc does grow on you. Plus, there should be some songs (i.e. the first four tracks) that you will like from the very beginning.

Even though I don't consider Static-X a nu-metal band, their C.D.'s are essential for nu-metal fanatics (as well as fans of industrial metal). Also, if you're a fan of Static-X's last three albums and are hungry for more, this album will satisfy your cravings. Finally, if you're new to this band, I'm not sure whether you should start here or not. I still think "Shadow Zone" is Static-X's finest hour, but "Start a War" IS a good representation of them. So, I do, generally, recommend this C.D. to all fans.

In conclusion, whether you like this album's new wave sound or not, please realize that every band needs to evolve, and the best bands never make the same album twice. Constantly changing your sound is not an easy task, so you've at least got to give these guys props for that.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Glorious Return To Form June 22 2005
By A. Estes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After some rather unneeded drama, one of the coolest bands to emerge from the nu-metal scene, Static-X, have returned with their fourth studio album, "Start A War." Despite the album title, and a few of the song titles, there is no political agenda being pushed by the band, "war" is used as a metaphor. To create this album, Static-X not only re-united with producer Ulrich Wild (Taproot, Powerman 5000), but also with original guitarist Koichi Fukuda, who was undeniably a massive creative force in the band (who played on the band's first two albums, but quit before the second - "Machine" - was released). What we have here, is easily the best material the 'X have turned in since their 1999 debut "Wisconsin Death Trip."

All of the familiar Static-X elements are here, make no mistake. It's not that this album sounds exactly like "W.D.T.," but that it has the same spirit. Those who were disappointed with the stunted growth of "Machine," or the strange change of direction (which I personally enjoyed) with "Shadow Zone," will most likely have their faith renewed after hearing this album. "The Enemy" and "Dirthouse" are classic-X, songs that will instantly please any and all fans. Drummer Nick Oshiro finally gets to play on this album. I was wondering for the longest time if he was any good at the drums, afterall, John Freese (The Vandals, A Perfect Circle) filled his seat on not only "Shadow Zone," but on "Disclaimer," the debut by his former band Seether. Well, let's just say, the boy can play. He's quite fast, and sounds perfectly natural with Static-X, as highlighted in "Skinnyman." Koichi, who replaced his old replacement, Tripp Eisen earlier in the year (after some Michael Jackson-esque charges were brought against him) refreshes the group's sound. He was sorely missed on "Shadow Zone," but he returns to the throne as the unsung hero of Static-X. This is probably the strongest line-up Static-X have had, and I get a feeling that there won't be much more rotation in the future.

"Start A War," is definitely the band at their best. You've got familiar sounds clashing with new sounds (hell, even that strange voice Wayne developed on "Shadow Zone" is present), and yet they manage to pull it off without a hitch. Personally, I don't see a flaw here. If you liked Static-X in the beginning, you're gonna love them now. This new release may not break down any walls, but it will surely solidify an already strong fanbase.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchiest album of the year! Aug. 17 2005
By Sara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely the catchiest album of the year so far. And "Enemy," "I'm the One," and "I Want to Freaking Break It" are some of the catchiest songs this year! This album is VERY addictive, and it gets stuck in your head. The songs are heavy, energetic, exciting, and they have super hooky riffs. This is the first or second best album of the year in my book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Truth about this Album!! June 15 2005
By OmaR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
ok so first of all i absolutely dont get all the bad reviews from all these people that have given it reviews! first things first this has to be one of the best albums thats come out this year and wll just one of the best albums thats come out in the LONGEST TIME!one thing for sure i can tell you is that this album is absolutely better than Shadow zone and Machine and a strong contender against WDT. First of all its pretty much the same band that made DTP(except fo the drummer) now that they have their original guitarist and in my opinion WAY better than Tripp Eisen. The thing i love about this album its that its a non stop Kick A** album i was even laughing in amazement on my way back from the store because i couldnt believe just how awesome the music and vocals that were coming out of my car speakers when i was hearing this CD. So to keep things short if your a new or old static X fan i can GUERANTEE you wont be dissopointed BUY IT!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MOTHER OF ALL MASTERPIECES! Oct. 17 2005
By jay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i was highly impressed with static x's latest record. Start A War was truly a masterpiece among masterpiece's. every note, every single gutiar lick, snare drum and lyric were all perfect and masterful. from beginning to end, from the second the album started to the moment when it ended, it kicked severe ass. i wish i could rate it higher, for five stars does not come close to how great this record is. buy this1 i swear you won't regret it!
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