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Static-X’s “Project Regeneration” Album Has Been Expanded To Two Parts, Band Debut “Hollow” Video


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Static-X have announced that due to a wealth of material for it, their forthcoming album “Project Regeneration” will now be released as a double album split across two separately released volumes. The first volume is scheduled for May 29th with release details for the second yet to be disclosed.

The reunited band built the tracks around previously unreleased vocal tracks from their late frontman/guitarist Wayne Static. Speaking of this decision to release the album across two volumes, bassist Tony Campos offered:

“Today is a very exciting day, as we are finely releasing the first Static-X single and video in more than 10 years. The band, our producers, and most importantly Wayne‘s family are incredibly happy with the way that the album is turning out and we know that Wayne is looking down on us all with a big smile, as we begin sharing his final works with the world.”

Drummer Ken Jay offered:

“We have been working on allot of material over the last year and a half and while selecting the songs to move into the final mix phase, it became clear that there is just too much material and too little time for this to be a single album.”

Campos added:

“The last thing that we wanted to do was make the fans wait any longer. We also didn’t want to abandon the remaining material, because it is very close to being complete and we know that the fans are going to want to be able to hear and experience all of it.

We also recognize that all of this music is part of the same body of work, which marks this very important chapter of Static-X, so it is only logical to release all of the music under the same banner, Project Regeneration.

The vocals for the song Hollow were originally recorded in 2005 for the Static-X album Start A War, but Wayne and I never felt like the music on the original Hollow demo was fully realized. That is why it didn’t appear on Start A War or any Static-X album that followed.

The vocals sounded great, but some of the musical compositions from that time period felt a bit experimental. The band was going through a lot of changes at that time and, in retrospect, it felt like we’d strayed away from that authentic Static-X sound that really defined us.

Ken Jay added:

“When we began working on Project Regeneration our producers advised us to ignore any of the old demo music, so we opted for the original band to re-enter the studio with nothing more than Wayne‘s isolated vocal tracks and to just be ourselves, to be Static-X, and to make Evil Disco.

The vocals sound really great and I think that Wayne would be extremely happy with what we’ve done with the music and to know that these tracks have finally realized their full potential.

Right now we are finalizing the mixes for the first batch of songs, which will appear on Volume 1, while we continue to finish up the tracking for the rest of the music, which will appear on Volume 2. Volume 1 will be released at the end of May and the goal is to release Volume 2 as soon as possible.”

20 new tracks featuring previously unreleased vocals from Wayne Static will appear across volume 1 and 2 of the set. Pre-orders for that Ulrich Wild (Deftones, Static-X) produced outing can be found at static-x.com. In other news, the band’s current live frontman ‘Xer0‘ has given an interview to Billboard.com regarding his ongoing involvement in the group.

Though still unofficially confirmed, the man behind the Wayne Static-inspired mask is widely thought to be Dope frontman Edsel Dope. Speaking of how he feels with the mask and obscuring his own identity, he offered:

“For the 20th anniversary tour, the last thing that I wanted to do was put my own face out there to represent something that I had absolutely nothing to do with creating. That just wasn’t something I felt comfortable with. I have my own identity and my own sound, so it was important for me to check all of that at the door when working with Static-X.”

He later added:

“We originally came up with a really simple design that had Xs carved into the eyes, which combined to create a larger X on the forehead. It felt like a cool way to have some Static-X branding built into this new faceless character that I was going to be. It was really that simple. Once the mask was complete, I tried spiking up my hair to further capture the Wisconsin Death Trip vibe, and that is essentially what broke the internet.

The mask was never intended to be a Wayne Static mask; I’m still not entirely comfortable with people using that terminology because it isn’t at all what the mask was intended to be… I totally understand why it is easy for people to draw that conclusion or to identify the mask in that way.”

The band’s current live plans run as follows:

03/12 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick (tickets)
03/14 Mexico City, MEX – Oceania Park
07/10 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop (tickets)
07/10-12 Mansfield, OH – Ohio State Reformatory (‘Inkcarceration Festival‘) (tickets)
07/31 Wacken, GER – Wacken Open Air
08/04 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert (feat. Life Of Agony)
08/06 Josefov, CZE – Brutal Assault Festival
08/07 Wiesbaden, GER – Kulturzentrum Schlachthof (feat. Life Of Agony)
08/08 Kortrijk, BEL – Alcatraz Festival
08/09 Leeuwarden, NET – Into The Grave
08/11 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg (feat. Life Of Agony)
08/12 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik (feat. Life Of Agony)
08/13 Dinkelsbuhl, GER – Summer Breeze Festival
08/14 Sulingen, GER – Reload Festival
08/15 Berlin, GER – Astra Kulturhaus (feat. Life Of Agony)
09/25 Novosibirsk, RUS – Loft-Park Podzemka (feat. Dope)
08/27 Ketakeringburg, RUS – Teleclub (feat. Dope)
08/29 Samara, RUS – Zvezda Club (feat. Dope)
09/19 Appomattox, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival
10/01 Krasnodar, RUS – Arena Hall (feat. Dope)
10/03 Moscow, RUS – GlavClub Green Concert (feat. Dope)
10/04 Saint Petersburg, RUS – Kosmonavt

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