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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.   Control It
  16.   Permanence
  17.   Get to the Gone
  18.   Monster
  19.   Behind the Wall of Sleep
  20.   Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
  21.   Cuts You Up
  22.   Terminal
  23.   Black and White
  24.   Fix
  25.   Z28
  26.   All in Wait
  27.   Skinned
  28.   Lunatic
  29.   The Trance Is the Motion
  30.   Tera-Fied
  31.   Goat
  32.   I Want to F****** Break It
  33.   X Love Dump
  34.   Sweat of the Bud
  35.   Cannibal
  36.   Forty Ways
  37.   Chroma-Matic
  38.   Night Terrors
  39.   Skinnyman
  40.   Burning Inside
  41.   Hypure
  42.   Chemical Logic
  43.   Set It Off
  44.   Invincible
  45.   New Pain
  46.   Anything But This
  47.   Otsego Undead
  48.   Stem
  49.   Behemoth
  50.   Team Hate
  51.   My Damnation
  52.   Pieces
  53.   Crash
  54.   Breathe
  55.   Otsegolectric
  56.   Shadow Zone
  57.   Machine
  58.   S.O.M.
  59.   Otsegolation
  60.   You Am I
  61.   Isolaytore
  62.   Grind 2 Halt
  63.   Reptile
  64.   Electric Pulse
  65.   No Submission
  66.   Brainfog
  67.   Destroy All
  68.   Down
  69.   A Dios Alma Perdida
  70.   Burn to Burn
  71.   ...In a Bag
  72.   Structural Defect
  73.   December
  74.   Stingwray
  75.   Nocturnally
  76.   Otsego Amigo
  77.   Just in Case
  78.   Start a War
  79.   The Enemy
  80.   Deliver Me
  81.   So Real
  82.   Ostego Undead
  83.   Head
  84.   Kill Your Idols
  85.   Dead World
  86.   Shit in a Bag
  87.   Transmission
  88.   Bien Venidos