STATIC X (1994–PRESENT). Wayne Static (vocals/guitar programming), Koichi Fukuda (guitar/programming, replaced for several years by Tripp Eisen before returning to band), Tony Campos (bass), Ken Jay (drums, now Nick Oshiro).
Static X is a fast and heavy band with grindcore and industrial aspects thrown in for good measure. Led by the cleverly coiffed leader/singer/guitarist Wayne Static, who plays a new breed of metal, one that is unceasingly brutal, but in strange ways danceable as well. The band was started by Static. The first record is perhaps the most brutal, and also the most “sellable” metal record ever made, with numerous tracks licensed to video games (a promotional tactic the band uses to this day). Fukuda left for several years, and was replaced by Tripp Eisen, who in a particularly embarrassing incident was dismissed due to a scandal involving statutory rape of two underaged girls (Harris, 2005).
Fukuda returned and reinvigorated the band, leading to Cannibal, one of the most brutal industrial albums ever made. While Static X may have used video games to sell their songs, they are almost literally the embodiment of the video game aesthetic and a key influence on bands who use computers and samples in order to reach new and brutal depths for heavy metal.
Discography: Wisconsin Death Trip (Warner Bros., 1999); Machine (Warner Bros., 2001); Shadow Zone (Warner Bros., 2003); Beneath … Between … Beyond (Warner Bros., 2004); Start a War (Warner Bros., 2005); Cannibal (Warner Bros., 2007); Cult of Static (2009).