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Pighammer

4.2 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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2011 release, the first solo album from the Static-X mainman. Pighammer has a disarming raw quality of heavy driving guitar riffs and lyrics that will take hold of your bowels and into the mind of Static's dark past and warped mind. This is blatant as the first single 'Assassins Of Youth', was inspired by Wayne Static's last days of drugs and partying. "I wrote this song while living in a hotel room, listening to Pink Floyd, drinking Crown and doing whippits," explains Static. "I started the song in that condition but never finished it until years later after dumping off the drugs. Now the song has a whole new meaning from when I started it." 'Assassins Of Youth' is an old-school term for drugs. The first verse is about doing drugs, the chorus is going dry and the second chorus is about getting off and no longer being slave to the drugs.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dirthouse Records
  • ASIN: B005HWUC18
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,082 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wayne Static said in an interview that he wrote everything for Static-X, now he just does it all by himself. So the album is pretty much Static-X with Wayne Static on every instrument. Still some good guitar riffs and solid chugging, but more trance music involved now. I've been a fan of Static-X since Wisconsin Death Trip, so I think it's a decent album. If you haven't listened to much Static-X or don't know what to expect, try just downloading a track or two (like "Assassins of Youth") and see how it goes.
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First album since Machine that I could easily sit all the way through. I loved Death Trip, and they kept getting further and further away from the sound of that first album, moving towards a more generic death metal sound. I don't like generic death metal or hardcore metal. Not my thing, so this album is AWESOME for me, because it has the heaviest use of synth yet.
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After I heard the song Slave, I decided to get this, knowing I liked a lot of the artist's previous music. The rest of the album has a couple other decent songs, but overall, I feel Wayne could have really topped out the tracks much better. He always has a lot of potential for industrial electronic metal, but anymore most of the stuff is the same tunes over and over. Anyone can yell into a mike, but mix up the tones on the singing and vary the guitar a lot more for variety. The electronics are great and trippy, but I just feel like something is missing. The Shadow Zone album from Static-X (Yes, I realize this is only a solo album), was the greatest, with varied actual singing mixed with the yelling, and the sounds were pretty unique and heavy. If Static went back to more of that album's feel, I would likely buy a lot more. Hang in there, Wayne....
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Pretty obvious that Wayne was one of the biggest forces behind Static-X. Liked their stuff even through the few years they had a different line-up (slower paced, more radio friendly songs then). The last CD, Cult of Static, was a bit of a different direction than the previous CD's but also felt a little more like Wisconsin Death Trip. It was a good CD to listen to straight through.

That being said, this pretty much sounds like Cult of Static just with less hard hitting guitars and no bass guitar. No bass took of a star from me because that removes a lot of depth from the music. Another difference is that the tempo of most songs is a little slower than a lot of the old Static-X songs. Wayne did add in some synth to this CD which is interesting. Overall, I'm pleased with his first solo effort and I'm hoping to hear some more.
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By K. on November 5, 2011
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I love Static X, but this just didn't have the same feel to it. I guess It'd be as OK as any other band I wasn't thrilled to listen too if I hadn't had higher expectations. I know this is Wayne's new project and I shouldn't be comparing the two ventures. However, aside from a song or two and a few random riffs this just doesn't have the same crushing drive I've come to appriciate from Wayne's work over the last decade....
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This is outstanding! It brings back the style of the first two Static X releases and add in more experience. Someone in a review moaned "no bass." What? There's bass all over the place! Idiot. I like every cut on this. Wayne ... more ... more ... more! However, sadly, he passed away in his sleep in 2014. RIP.
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Following the release of their mostly-successful 2009 return to form, "Cult Of Static," Static-X went on indefinite hiatus, which resulted in their eventual demise in 2013. But X's frontman Wayne Static used this as an opportunity to debut a solo project, an eponymous group that debuted "Pighammer" in 2011. This album discontinues the trend that Static-X were on prior to their dissolution of opting for a "more metal"-sounding approach. It is still most assuredly not "nu metal" by any means; but it is arguably not even "metal" at all much of the time (it is even further from the likes of thrash and groove metal than it is from nu-metal).

As a result, the record lacks true standout tracks, and comes up even shorter on outstanding ones. Its music is simple and repetitive, with each song abiding by one or two solid riffs that are repeated over and over ad infinitum. Hence, it can be a little bit boring at times, sure, but it is also very catchy and danceable, too, with the end result evoking Ministry, Rammstein, Orgy, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and the like.

The creepy, sample-heavy intro track that is the album-opening title track flows right into "Around The Turn," which boasts pounding, churning guitar hooks and lumbering, staccato rhythms, thus making it a very catchy, rhythmic, and even borderline danceable number, even if it is one that is a little on the repetitive side. This is then promptly followed up by another dance-floor-ready track in "Assassins Of Youth," this one boasting distinctly Ministry-esque music (i.e. spooky, ambient synth touches and industrial-strength guitar and bass chugging) iced off by Skinny Puppy-influenced vocals.
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Static X's first 2 releases were great.
Shadow Zone was a departure from that style, but still hooky enough to get regular play.
Anything after that has been hard to listen to.
This kinda continues in that vein.
The stronger presence of evil beats/electronic noise is pretty cool.
But it's still a stripped down, leaner, and consequently less grabbing cd.
I think that the first 2 cds were mixed wet with lots of delay and effects, more trippy than the rest.
Everything since then has been dry, and kinda leaves me feeling that way - dry.

Nothing to get lost in here. I keep waiting for Static to recapture the vibe.
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