Static-X emerged as a powerhouse in the late '90s nu-metal scene, fusing dark industrial tones, high-speed metal, and electronic beats, to craft what they coined 'Evil Disco.' Front man Wayne Static began playing guitar at seven, joining various bands by age 12 before moving to Chicago in his early 20s, to collaborate with Billy Corgan (pre-Smashing Pumpkins), on Deep Blue Dream. Influenced by Pantera, Sisters of Mercy, and The Prodigy, Static relocated to California, joining forces with drummer Ken Jay, bassist Tony Campos and guitarist Koichi Fukuda, forming Static-X. Their breakthrough came in 1999 at Ozzfest, followed by the release of their platinum-awarded debut album Wisconsin Death Trip. Their 2001 album, Machine, soared to number 11 on US charts, seeing the band tour alongside Pantera on the Extreme Steel Tour. Throughout the early 2000s, Static-X performed relentlessly, dropping four more albums, which hit the top 40: Shadow Zone (2003), Start a War (2005), Cannibal (2007), and Cult of Static (2009). Internal conflicts led to the band's dissolution in 2009 and Wayne Static passed away in 2014 at the age of 48. A 2018 tribute album, Project Regeneration Volume 1, unveiled unreleased recordings, featuring guest appearances by Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch, Al Jourgensen of Ministry, and David Draiman of Disturbed. In 2023, three singles appeared from Project Regeneration Volume 2, including a cover of Nine Inch Nails track "Terrible Lie" as well as “Stay Alive” and “Z0mbie.” The album was released on January 26, 2024.

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