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Reshaping the modern metal trope since forming back in the 90s, California heavies Static-X are never a band likely to be accused of stagnancy; and good news all you Aussie fans out there, the “Evil Disco” pioneers are officially heading our way in May, with Illinois rockers SOiL also along for the ride.
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From their 1999 debut album Wisconsin Death Trip to founding members Tony Campos, Koichi Fukuda, and Ken Jay bringing on the mysterious masked enigma Xer0 on vocals in 2019, the road to infamy for Static-X has been lined with an electrifying live show and adoring fans worldwide. With the new lineup forming just before the pandemic years, the group toured to celebrate both the anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip as well as the group’s fallen frontman Wayne Static. And it’s now in 2023 after years of uncertainty around the industry and the globe at large that the group have now set their sights on revisiting Australia to remind us all why these guys are such fan and critical darlings – and hot damn, is it gonna be worth the wait.
Returning down under to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 2001 album Machine at Melbourne’s Northcote Theatre, The Metro in Sydney, and Eaton’s Hill in Brisbane, the Aussie setlist this May is primed to include a horde of songs from across the band’s storied career; expect a lineup of tracks from their iconic debut all the way to their most recent release, Project: Regeneration Vol 1 – and, as Campos revealed recently, plenty of fun surprises lying in store.
“We are so excited to finally get back to Australia,” enthuses Campos in the band’s recent press release. “We plan to play most of the songs off of both Machine and Wisconsin Death Trip as well a number of nice surprises. It’s going to be one for the ages and we can’t wait to get out there and celebrate 20 years of our Machine record while we continue to remember all of the good times that we had with Wayne and to share it live and loud with all of our Aussie fans. It’s going to be awesome!”
And as if one pioneering American group hitting our shores isn’t enough to float your boat this May, fellow legends SOiL, who are credited with spawning bands including Godsmack, Spineshank and Mudvayne, will also be unleashing onstage in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane alongside Static-X. Drawing together a sweltering lineup of ex-members of various renowned death metal acts in the 90s, SOiL continue to prove both their timeless and underrated quality in spades.
The Rise Of The Machine tour kicks off on Friday 19 May in Melbourne – don’t miss the chance to catch some of the kings of modern annihilation and exhilaration when Static-X and SOiL come to town!
Friday 19 // Northcote Theatre // Melbourne
Saturday 20 // The Metro // Sydney
Sunday 21 // Eatons Hill // Brisbane
Tickets on sale January 27
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