Wayne Static’s Final Vocals to Appear on New Static-X Album


Static-X 2023 press photo.

Static-X – Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Matt Zane

Listen to a cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Terrible Lie” from Static-X

Following a celebration of the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album, “Machine,” and a lengthy North American tour behind Rob Zombie, industrial nu-metal band Static-X are back with a new album. The group’s eighth studio album, “Project Regeneration: Vol. 2,” will feature 13 new songs that include the final vocal recordings of founding vocalist Wayne Static, as well as the original “Wisconsin Death Trip” lineup of Tony Campos on bass, Koichi Fukuda on guitars and Ken Jay on drums.

The band’s current vocalist/guitarist Xer0 produced the set, and longtime collaborator Ulrich Wild mixed and mastered it. “Project Regeneration: Vol. 2” will arrive on Nov. 3, and for more information, including pre-order details, visit Static-x.com.

In advance of the album, Static-X have also released the first single of “Project Regeneration: Vol. 2,” a cover of the Nine Inch Nails “Pretty Hate Machine” song “Terrible Lie.” The re-imagined version features vocals from Wayne Static, along with music from the original lineup and producer Xer0, aka Edsel Dope.

“Due to this being a two-part album and the fans having already been treated to 13 original songs from Vol. 1, we thought it would be fun to share the NIN cover, as we announce the completion of Vol 2. ‘Terrible Lie’ is just a taste of what is to come, and we can’t wait for fans to heart the rest of this album!” Ken Jay said.

Bringing Static’s vocals back to life was something of a miracle, as his vocals were found as part of a series damaged audio tapes and had to be restored. Check back with Audio Ink Radio soon for a full interview with Edsel Dope explaining how the band was able to create a new album using Static’s lost cuts.

“I am so happy that the recording for ‘Project Regeneration: Vol. 2’ is finally finished, and the album is currently being mixed by our long-time producer Ulrich Wild. The only thing left is for the vinyl manufacturing to be completed,” Tony Campos said in a statement. “I am proud to say that between Project Regeneration: Vol. 1 and Project Regeneration: Vol. 2, we have been able to bring the fans 25 brand new Static-X songs, most of which feature Wayne Static on lead vocals. Nobody would have imagined that any of this could even be possible a few short years ago.”

Wayne’s family has given the band their blessing to resurrect his vocals on this release. As Wayne’s younger sister Aimee comments, “We all miss Wayne very much and we are so proud of the way that the band has chosen to honor him through the completion of his final works. They continue to place an emphasis on his presence within their live shows and it’s been incredible to see the fans continue to connect with the band’s music and with Wayne’s memory. We fully support the journey that Static-X is currently on, and we know that Wayne would be incredibly grateful for all of the hard work that Tony, Ken, Koichi, and Xer0 have done over the past few years.”

“We are so grateful to Wayne’s family for giving us their blessings and trusting us to complete Wayne’s final works,” Xer0 added. “This has been an incredibly challenging task, to say the least, and it has all been done with an immense amount of love and respect. I am also grateful to all of the Static-X fans around the world for all of the love and support they have shown towards me.”


Anne Erickson
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