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Static-X's roots trace to the Midwest, where vocalist/guitarist Wayne Static grew up in Michigan and drummer Ken Jay in Illinois. They ended up in Chicago separately and met at the record store where Jay worked, introduced to one another by Smashing Pumpkins vocalist Billy Corgan. Static and Jay decided to head west to California and start up a new band. Shortly after their arrival, Osaka native Koichi Fukada responded to the duo's ad and became their new guitarist, as well as programmer. Bassist Tony Campos, the only true Californian, was the final piece of the puzzle. Static-X's music combined aggressive metal and thrash with industrial overtones and techno pulse. Signed to Warner Brothers in February 1998, Static-X debuted with Wisconsin Death Trip a year later, and the album was eventually certified gold. Departing guitarist Fukada was replaced with Tripp Eisen (ex-Dope) for 2001's Machine, and drummer Jay left after the 2003 album Shadow Zone. If that weren't enough, personal issues forced Eisen to leave the band in 2004. Still, Static-X was undeterred. Static tapped Fukada to rejoin on guitar and programming, and touring drummer Nick Oshiro took over full-time. In June 2005, a rejuvenated Static-X returned to recording with Start a War. Cannibal arrived in 2007, charting inside Billboard's Top 40. The band toured and released a CD/DVD document, Cannibal Killers Live, then settled into the recording of their sixth studio album, Cult of Static. Released in March 2009, it debuted inside the Top 20. The band broke up not long after finishing a lengthy tour, with Wayne Static announcing a renewed focus on his Pighammer side project, with contributions from his wife, Tera Wray. In 2011, Pighammer appeared as a solo album under his own name. A year later, he reformed Static-X -- minus any of the original members. The lineup, which basically consisted of his solo backing band, mounted a tour, but broke up by 2013, and a year later, Wayne Static was dead at the age of 48. ~ Josh Loehr
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  2.   Push It
  3.   Bled for Days
  4.   The Only
  5.   Dirthouse
  6.   I'm with Stupid
  7.   Wisconsin Death Trip
  8.   This Is Not
  9.   Destroyer
  10.   Cold
  11.   I'm the One
  12.   Love Dump
  13.   So
  14.   I Am
  15.   Permanence
  16.   Monster
  17.   Control It
  18.   Behind the Wall of Sleep
  19.   Get to the Gone
  20.   Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
  21.   Lunatic
  22.   You Am I
  23.   Black and White
  24.   Terminal
  25.   Start a War
  26.   Chroma-Matic
  27.   Skinned
  28.   Kill Your Idols
  29.   Stingwray
  30.   Z28
  31.   The Trance Is the Motion
  32.   Nocturnally
  33.   Skinnyman
  34.   Burn to Burn
  35.   ...In a Bag
  36.   Otsegolation
  37.   Team Hate
  38.   Burning Inside
  39.   Fix
  40.   Structural Defect
  41.   Shit in a Bag
  42.   Chemical Logic
  43.   My Damnation
  44.   I Want to F****** Break It
  45.   Pieces
  46.   The Enemy
  47.   Breathe
  48.   New Pain
  49.   So Real
  50.   Tera-Fied
  51.   Grind 2 Halt
  52.   Goat
  53.   Set It Off
  54.   Just in Case
  55.   Otsegolectric
  56.   Dead World
  57.   Shadow Zone
  58.   Anything But This
  59.   Machine
  60.   Head
  61.   S.O.M.
  62.   Sweat of the Bud
  63.   Isolaytore
  64.   Hypure
  65.   Cannibal
  66.   Behemoth
  67.   Cuts You Up
  68.   No Submission
  69.   Brainfog
  70.   Otsego Amigo
  71.   Deliver Me
  72.   Invincible
  73.   All in Wait
  74.   Destroy All
  75.   Stem
  76.   Forty Ways
  77.   Reptile
  78.   Electric Pulse
  79.   Night Terrors
  80.   Crash
  81.   Down
  82.   December
  83.   X Love Dump
  84.   Ostego Undead
  85.   Bien Venidos
  86.   Otsego Undead
  87.   Transmission
  88.   A Dios Alma Perdida