PODCAST: Episode #110 – Ken Jay of Static-X on New Album and Wayne Static’s Legacy

Ghost Cult caught up with Ken Jay of Static-X to discuss their new album, Project Regeneration Vol. 1 (review here). Ken chatted all about the new album, the process of putting together the tracks with Koichi Fukuda and Tony Campos, hearing Wayne Static’s voice in a new song for the first time in a long while, incredible singing on these new tracks, working with Xero on new material, reuniting with producer Ulrich Wild, the early Goth origins of the band, the Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary tour, their upcoming concert in the time of coronavirus and much more. Order Project Regeneration Vol. 1 here and listen to our chat. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Static-X – Project Regeneration Vol.1

The road to hell is paved with blood.”

Like many fans, Wayne Static’s tragic passing in 2014 hit me like a ton of bricks. I saw the band rise from the underground to spread their “Evil Disco” sound around the globe, touring with their heroes and influences, and even surpassing a few of the,. Wayne had much more music to give the world but little did we know. As it turns out, a lot more than we expected. Upon repeat listens to the new Static-X album listening to Project Regeneration Vol.1 (Ostego Entertainment Group), the band sounds fresh and raging as ever, and Wayne’s voice is not sad, but a triumphant middle finger from the great ether. Continue reading

Watch The Doom Eternal “Death Metal Choir” Behind the Scenes Teaser

Last year we brought the news of the forthcoming soundtrack to the new Doom Eternal game, coming in a few weeks on 3/20/2020 from Bethesda Games. Composer Mick Gordon recruited a who’s who of metal singers from across genres via open call. Now Gordon has shared a behind the scenes featurette on the creation of the music, which also features a teaser of gameplay as well. The video includes prominent cameos from Tony Campos of Static-X and Asesino, James Dorton of Black Crown Initiate, Lindsay Rae of The Anchor, Wesley Meritt of The World I Knew, Natalie Kahan of Wildspeaker, Sven De Caluwe of Aborted, and Nature G. Ganganbaigal of Tengger Calvary, who passed away a few months after recording this. Other artists from bands participating in the soundtrack included Frontierer, Immortal Bird, Vault Dweller, Sectioned, and many more! Watch the clip now!

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Listen to A Brand New Static-X Song – “Hollow”

Static-X has shared a brand new single, “Hollow”, out now on all streaming DSPs. The song is from the highly anticipated new album, Project Regeneration, featuring the last recordings of the band’s late frontman Wayne Static, which is due on May 29. The groups founding line-up of bassist Tony Campos, drummer Ken Jay, and guitarist Koichi Fukuda will also be featured on the album and in the music videos. The track is great and it’s amazing to hear Wayne’s trademark vocals and writing style on the song. Jam it out right now! Continue reading

Surviving Original Static-X Members Reunite For Project Regeneration Album and Tour

Static-X was one of the brightest bands in metal at the turn of the century. Now to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album Wisconsin Death Trip and pay tribute to late frontman Wayne Static, the original members have come together release Project Regeneration. Along with the help of long-time producer Ulrich Wild, the band is in the process of completing their seventh studio album, which will feature between 12 and 15 brand new Static-X tracks. Bassist Tony Campos, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay have joined forces and will tour to support the album, with other musicians TBA. Headline dates will serve as memorial events to honor late frontman Wayne Static, who passed away on November 1, 2014. The guest vocalist curation process is being led by none other than SiriusXM programming pioneer Jose Mangin, who is working alongside the band as one of the executive producers for Project Regeneration. More information on the world tour and other dates will be coming soon. Watch a teaser for the album below. Continue reading

Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Their Roots In New York City

Max & Iggor Cavalera brought their “Return To Roots” tour to The Gramercy Theatre in New York City last night, and completely decimated the sold out venue. Continue reading

Ministry – Sixxis: Live At The Palladium, Worcester MA

 

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On a perfect spring/early Summer Worcester, MA evening, the Palladium was absolutely destroyed by the wall of industrial sound known simply as, Ministry. On top of seeing Ministry with new bassist, Tony Campos (Fear Factory), just seeing the living legend that is Al Jorgenson is almost indescribable especially for someone just seeing Ministry for their first time. After finally being able to get to see these icons, I am happy to report that it was even better than I anticipated.

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After opener The Sixxis wrapped up a short set, it was time for the headliner. The stage was set up with a typical raised drum kit in the back center stage, keyboard/samples to left. Up high against the back wall was a giant screen that a projector on the balcony was projecting various images, colors, and video clips that gave each song played its own personality. With a new album out recently, From Beer to Eternity, it did not surprise anyone that most songs played would be from the new release. Some tracks for the new album include opener, ‘Hail to His Majesty (Peasants)’ , ‘PermaWar’, and ‘Perfect Storm’. Not being very familiar with the new album, this was a great way to assure me that I have been messing up and need to get my hands on it. The fans also got a few other goodies from the Ministry archives such as: ‘LiesLiesLies’, ‘Waiting’, ‘Worthless’, ‘Life is Good’, ‘N.W.O.’ and my favorite (which ended up being the closer), ‘Thieves’.

Ministry, by Hillarie Jason Photography

It was a true experience and privilege to be able to see Al Jorgenson play live even in 2015. If you hear from a friend that Ministry is all done or just doesn’t have it anymore, you can tell them they are wrong. Catch this tour if it has yet to come through your town or keep pretending Ministry is washed up.

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WORDS BY TIM LEDIN

PHOTOS BY HILLARIE JASON PHOTOGRAPHY