When the surviving members of Static X announced about embarking on a reunion tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first album Wisconsin Death Trip, my excitement was palpable. When they also announced about releasing an album of undiscovered material featuring the vocals of the late Wayne Static, that was enough to blow my excitement sky high.
Originally the idea was to have guest vocalists sing on the tracks, until they discovered unused vocal tracks of Wayne Static. So they made the right decision to do that instead, with some vocals provided by the mysterious Xero. Everything was designed out of the reverence and respect of Wayne Static’s memory. This wasn’t just just a cash grab. This album, featured in two parts, was meant to be a love letter to Wayne Static and fans of Static X.
This album succeeds on every level imaginable. All the tracks are solid, and I will say this is my second favorite album they have produced. There are some tracks featuring vocals from Xero, but you really can’t tell the difference as he does a good job replicating the performance style of Wayne Static.
Usually this is where I say my highlights of the album, but the whole album is a highlight in itself. There’s not a track that doesn’t deliver on the scale of what we expect from a Static X album. Though if I had a favorite track, I would have to say “All These Years” comes to mind.
So I will say if you are a fan of Static X, definitely pick up this album and give it a listen. Evil Disco is back, and with a vengeance. You can find Project Regeneration on all major platforms, and you can purchase it from the official Static X website. All in all, I was very pleased with this album and I cannot wait to see what they come up for Vol II.