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Start a War

Static-XAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 14, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B0009F43T0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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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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
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.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Glorious Return To Form June 22, 2005
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchiest album of the year! August 17, 2005
By Sara
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Wisconsin Death Trip January 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Ahhh. Static-X is back, along with guitarist Koichi Fukuda who played for Static-X on 'Wisconsin Death Trip'. True, they have not put out a CD that I didn't like, but 'Start A War' takes us back to the 'Wisconsin Death Trip' days, wild and frantic and driving, yet expertly put together and in-sync. Thrash with a beat that doesn't break, it doesn't get much better than this. As a side note, if you ever get the chance, be sure to catch Static-X live, aside from being great musicians they are excellent showmen and put on great concerts.

There isn't one bad song on this CD, showing how strong Static-X has become with their unique style, vocals, and thrash/rock flavor. My favorites would be the title song 'Start A War', frantic with Wayne's classic growling in both whisper and shout. The driving beat of 'Pieces' gets you out of your chair every time. 'Dirthouse' another favorite, bringing in some electronica to the mix, with more of a "railroad" beat to the thrash.

'Just in case' is awesome, beginning with a feeling of marching to one's doom. Whispers, pauses, lyrics, all make up a perfect song, with nice "railroading" at the end.

'Night Terrors' starts out as almost traditional rock song, less growl and thrash but great nonetheless, with moving drum and bass breaks. 'Ostego Amigo' brings back memories of 'Ostego Undead', though nothing will ever beat 'Undead'.

'Brainfog' brings in some really great electronica along with some unique percussion, using only the word "Brainfog" as vocals, but ends at 2:20 minutes with silence following it. There is a five minute blank gap until some senseless vocals without instrumentation come in, lasting for another three-plus minutes. 'Brainfog' would have been great, but I hate those silence gaps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!!
Static X!! Need I say more. If you are new to alternative core, then this is for you! The sounds are explosive!
Published 4 months ago by Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite static x cd ever
At such a great price, I am just so excited. I've been a huge Static X fan for over 10 years and I think this and Wisconsin Death Trip are my favorite cds.
Published 7 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisconsinn baby!
another great static x album.Static x,for awhile,turned into a techno industrial hard rock band in shadow zone and start a war. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marc Getz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Music
I do like static-x. Represent WI in some metal. I really like amazon's instant download because I can easily have new music instantly.
Published 18 months ago by KC Gruber
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
The first album of theirs i owned was wisconsin death trip and this album was slightly different, their songs where more well composed but less heavy.
Published 21 months ago by Chris McKeeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Even More Static Xcellence!!!
This album is a bit harder than the other albums and some fans may not take to it at first, but listen to it and give it a chance. This is one of my favorite albums from Static X. Read more
Published on July 11, 2012 by Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars A Total Industrial Nu Metal Meltdown!
Whatever you want to categorize this kind of music as, it rocks hard! Static-X is without a doubt one of my most favorite bands of all time. Read more
Published on November 11, 2009 by Rock~N~Rolla
4.0 out of 5 stars Noise
For those who like lots of fast fun and raunchy metal. Its not brilliant songwriting or inspiring or any of that crap. Read more
Published on November 27, 2008 by S. Whiteside
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely nothing redeemable
I don't ever like to say that an album is a total failure. There HAS to be something good about it. No one would put a disc out if it possibly sucked that much. Read more
Published on September 21, 2008 by exploding_pool
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW !!
Hell of an album ! I bought it after Cannibal because all I had before was just WDT. I don't think Cannibal can be topped, but this is a worthy purchase and besides, who's... Read more
Published on September 16, 2008 by JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU
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