REVIEW: Static-X + Wednesday 13 + Dope | Eaton’s Hill Hotel, Brisbane | 22.08.19
Review : Nev Pearce
Photographer : JD Garrahy
Back in 2014, the heavy music world lost one of its heroes, Wayne Static of Static-X.
A man who’s voice, music and image influenced a whole generation in the late ’90s early ’00s and was a stand out in the ‘nu-metal’ movement of the time and made a massive impact especially down here in Australia.
Last year the remaining members Tony Campos, Koichi Fukuda and Ken Jay announced that they would be reuniting to pay tribute to their fallen leader and the genre-defining album ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’.
The news was initially received with mixed emotions from fans but with the released footage of them playing Bled for Days with their new masked frontman Xero, any doubts or fears were quickly disintegrated and replaced with feelings of excitement that the members were indeed coming together with genuine sentiments to celebrate the life of their friend and leader with fans around the world.
After blowing away U.S audiences and earning rave reviews with the show over the last couple of months, it was finally the Aussie fans chance to witness the spectacle and you could feel the energy building as the line snaked outside and down the road at Eaton’s Hill Hotel in Brisbane tonight.
Kicking off the festivities is legendary New York industrial rockers DOPE, who are celebrating their own 20th anniversary of their Felons and Revolutionaries album.
DOPE broke through the scene around the same time as Static-X and have followed similar paths, often sharing the same fan bases making them a very fitting support for the global tour.
Tracks like 6-6-Sick, Debonair and Die Motherfucker Die get the early punters moving and amped up for what’s to come while showcasing frontman Edsel’s superb vocal abilities and stage persona.
There is also a special guest on stage with Postmortem Matt from Brisbane’s Darkc3ll filling in on bass which is pretty cool to see!
Wrapping up their set with a shortened cover of Dead Or Alive’s ‘You Spin Me Round’, Dope definitely brought their A-game and put on a memorable performance.
Up next is everyone’s favourite shock rocker Wednesday 13.
The duke of spook really knows how to put on one hell of a show and even though I have seen him countless times over the years he always manages to keep his set fresh and interesting.
Wednesday 13 is also gearing up to release his stunning new album Necrophaze next month and gives everyone a taste of what’s to come with his new bangers Zodiac and Decompose which go down a treat and sit extremely well alongside classics like Get Your Grave On and Keep Watching The Skies.
With his masks, costume changes and use of glow in the dark paint, Wednesday and his crew keep the fans eyes glued to the stage and If there is anyone who is worthy to be Alice Cooper's successor, it’s him.
As the main room tightly packs in for the big finale, you can’t help but get a little overwhelmed by it all.
Here we all are, many of us friends for 15-20 years because of our love for this band, their music and of course Wayne, whom without wouldn’t have brought us all together tonight, the power of metal right?
As the Static-X boys hit the stage to opener Bled for Days, the venue erupts in deafening screams and fists pumping in the air with the evil disco immediately kicking into high gear.
The band are insanely tight and the set seems to move along at breakneck pace with Wisconsin Death Trip favourites Fix, Sweat of the Bud, Love Dump and I Am sounding massive through the sound system
Wayne Static’s presence is definitely felt in the room through the music and there are moments throughout where the band take the time to acknowledge him for his friendship and legacy which is incredibly moving.
Frontman Xero does an astonishing and sometimes eerie job at channeling Wayne Static’s signature grinding vocals and stage persona while making it very clear he isn’t trying to BE Wayne or even replace him. He is simply trying to use his body as a vessel to pay tribute to him in the best way possible for his bandmates beside him and the legions of fans, which he nails at every turn.
It would be a tough job that's for sure, but one he seems to deeply respect and expresses gratitude for throughout the evening, earning the admiration from even the toughest fans.
After digging into some deep cuts like Behemoth, Start a War and Destroy All, the band wraps up with the massive singles Cold, I’m with Stupid and Push It leaving the sweaty crowd more than satisfied that they got their $60 worth.
Every damn positive thing you hear about the new and regenerated Static-X is true.
There is no other way to describe it other than pure unfiltered firepower and it’s incredible to witness and be a part of just for one night.
If this is just the beginning in the new era of Static-X then you better strap yourselves in and get ready for the future, because it’s going to be incredibly mind-blowing.
Long live Wayne Static and long fucking live Static-X!
STATIC-X + WEDNESDAY 13 + DOPEAugust 2019 Australian Tour
Friday 23rd– Melbourne – Croxton – SOLD OUT
Saturday 24th– Sydney – Metro Theatre – SOLD OUT
Monday 26th– Adelaide – The Gov
Tuesday 27th– Perth – Rock Rover
Tickets are $60 - Three Internationals for the price of One!