The highly-anticipated record features vocals from the late Wayne Static, with the core lineup of Tony Campos, Ken Jay and Koichi Fukuda.
Static-X was one of the bands the helped define that industrial/nu-metal era in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Propelled by the single “Push It”, with heavy rotation on MTV and radios (number 5 on Hot Dance Singles chart and number 20 on Mainstream Rock Tracks), their debut album, “Wisconsin Death Trip”, went platinum. Over the next decade, Static X would release five more albums before drifting apart in 2009. The tragic death of the band’s singer Wayne Static in 2014 seemed the end the hopes of any new material.
That was until original bassist Tony Campos uncovered demos of material that Wayne had been working on. With an original plan to recruit an all-star cast of singers, Campos, together with original members Ken Jay (drums) and Koichi Fukuda (guitar) started to work on the unearthed demos and outtakes from previous albums. But the demos revealed another great surprise: isolated vocal recordings by Static. The band decided to have Wayne’s voice, along with new vocalist Xer0, on the album tracks.
According to Ken Jay “hearing Wayne’s voice again provided some incredibly emotional moments for us all, the feeling I’ve ultimately got from being in this band and from making music together is fun”, he continued to say that “I hope that everyone who listens to this album feels the same way.”
The dedication to honoring not only Wayne Static but their collective legacy set this album apart of some half backed money grabbers, making “Project Regeneration, Vol. 1” a fine addition to the band's career. Every track is hard-hitting, gritty, industrial metal at its finest, and will please not only the band’s fans but fans of the darker side of the nu-metal/industrial scene in general.
Listen to the “Project Regeneration, Vol. 1” album sampler.