Static-X to Release Final Album in 2019
2019 will mark both the twentieth anniversary of Static-X’s debut album, Wisconsin Death Trip, and the fifth anniversary of the death of frontman and namesake Wayne Static, who passed away in 2014 as the result of mixing alcohol and prescription drugs. And while one might assume that Wayne’s untimely end would prohibit the surviving band members from doing anything to mark these occasions, one would assume wrong: Tony Campos (bass), Koichi Fukuda (guitar), and Ken Jay (drums) have announced that they’re prepping a final Static-X release, appropriately called Project Regeneration. The album will include the last recordings Wayne Static completed before he died, but the band also plans to finish incomplete songs with guest vocals from some all-star fill-ins.
Campos made the announcement in a video teasing the album (below):
“With the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip coming right around the corner, it feels like the right time to pay our respects — to the band, to Wayne and to all the fans that supported us right from the start. With the help of longtime Static-X producer Ulrich Wild, the original band lineup of myself, Tony Campos, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay are in the process of completing a brand new Static-X record, Project Regeneration. The album will feature the final vocal performances and musical compositions from Wayne Static. For the unfinished tracks, we’re inviting our friends to lend us their vocal talents to help us complete this very personal project. With the assistance of SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin, we are in the process of reaching out to David Draiman from Disturbed, Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch, Al Jourgensen from Ministry, Dez Fafara from Coal Chamber and DevilDriver, Edsel [Dope] from the band Dope, Burton C. Bell from Fear Factory, as well as a handful of others, to see if they can take some time off their busy schedules to help contribute to this project.
“In the end, we expect this album to be between 12 and 15 brand new Static-X tracks. It’s the original lineup back together for all the right reasons.”
Campos says the band even plans to tour in celebration of Wisconsin Death Trip and Wayne Static:
“‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ was our biggest record — it set the tone for everything we did from there on out. We’re gonna celebrate the importance of ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ with you while we properly pay our respects to our brother Wayne each and every night as part of the 20th-anniversary of ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ reunion tour.
“Wayne had fans everywhere, so why not do a memorial show for him everywhere. So we’re gonna play a killer, old-school set that features a majority of the ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ record, along with all the other old-school STATIC-X favorites that you all love. We plan on having a very interactive show with huge LED walls, big sound and lots of production. We wanna make sure that the 20th-anniversary of ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ reunion tour happens all over the U.S. Once we get that unlocked, we can focus on the rest of the world.”
Although the album isn’t even done yet, pre-orders are already available here, with the promise that “everyone who participates gets their name in the CD liner notes.”
More news as it becomes available.