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