Static-X is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1994. The line-up has fluctuated over the years, but was long-held constant with band founder, frontman, vocalist, and guitarist Wayne Static until his death in 2014.
The band was founded by Wayne Static and original drummer Ken Jay. They rose to fame with their 1999 debut album Wisconsin Death Trip where their heavy industrial metal sound attracted attention within the burgeoning nu metal movement of the late 1990s, with the album eventually going platinum in the United States. The band released five more albums over the course of the next decade: Machine in 2001, Shadow Zone in 2003, Start a War in 2005, Cannibal in 2007, and Cult of Static in 2009.
The band entered a hiatus while Static worked on his solo album, Pighammer, in 2011. Static briefly reformed Static-X in 2012, using only members of his solo album's touring band, before officially breaking up in June 2013. On November 1, 2014, Wayne Static died at the age of 48.
While Campos was offered by Wayne to reunite the band in 2013, but it wasn't until 2016 when Tripp Eisen contacted him with the idea to reunite and they immediately begin writing music for a Static-X reunion and album. Eisen made Campos aware of the three fully completed, mixed and mastered extra songs from the Start a War album. Additionally, a mutual friend found Wayne's demo material on DA-88 tapes that Tony also immediately recognized as Tripp collaborations with Wayne from 2002-2004. A dispute arose when Tripp was left out of the loop during crucial changes to his and Wayne's songs. Tony later apologized for this but no resolution could be made at the time. Ken Jay was already involved with the project and original guitarist Koichi Fukuda was brought on board for the 20th Anniversary Tour for the Wisconsin Death Trip album. The album Project Regeneration Vol. 1 was released in July 2020 with Eisen being credited on some, but not all of the songs he claimed were his. The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes Metal Chart and #8 overall on iTunes with Tripp's songs "Hollow" and "Bring You Down" contributing to its success.