Review : Wayne Static - Pighammer
PopmattersWayne Static is the lead singer for multi-platinum-selling industrial nu-metallers Static-X. Pighammer is Static’s debut solo project and, according to his bio, it’s the “bastard child of Wayne Static’s transformation after a 12 year journey of metal annihilation.” An interesting proposition – if only it were true. Pighammer isn’t a transformation for Static, more a devolution. Paring back the overtly nu-metal elements of his main band, Static’s new release clings to a dark electro and industrial vibe that essentially mimics the work of early ‘90s artists.
Transformation was clearly on Static’s mind. The overall “concept” for the Pighammer project is based around “a mad plastic surgeon, with a pig fetish, that likes to convert hot chicks into pigs.” We’re not talking grand levels of erudite sophistication, or any insightful musings. The notion that a solo album is an opportunity to express profound, hitherto untapped ideas is not on the agenda. Pighammer is simply a continuation of the same regressive themes of Static’s main band.
If you’re a Static-X enthusiast then Pighammer is probably going to resonate with you, at least in some respects. The first single, “Assassins of Youth”, has plenty of that chunky ‘evil disco’ the band is famed for, and the song contains all the sonic elements you’ll find on the rest of the album in three minutes flat – no need to worry about any musical surprises later on! The lowbrow delight of the accompanying video clinches the deal visually with its meditations on the hyper-glamorized, over-sexed and drug-addled mental anguish that apparently defines the life of the modern rocker.
The first single and video are no doubt sincere expressions of Static’s inner turmoil, and if you’re a fan of hammering industrial tunes and gyrating, panty-clad porn stars then you can go right ahead and mark the album down as a complete success. But don’t confuse Pighammer‘s industrial leanings with the opiate-infused dirges of Ministry, or the raw emotionality of Nine Inch Nails. Pighammer has far more in common with the soundtrack to a pimped out brothel than anything genuinely dangerous....full text
RevolvermagStatic-X fans lamenting the band’s hiatus can take solace in main man Wayne Static’s ?rst solo album, which sounds like a grittier, heavier version of the band’s patented “Evil Disco.” Rife with skittering electronic beats, staccato guitar bursts, and barked vocals, Pighammer‘s tunes alternate between mid-paced stompers (“Around the Turn,” “Assassins of Youth”) and trudging sludgefests (“Shifter,” “Get It Together”) that would feel at home on Static-X’s platinum-selling 1999 debut, Wisconsin Death Trip. Although the songs do sometimes get overly simplistic and repetitive, there’s plenty of industrial-metal fun to be had: Even all by his lonesome, it’s still party time in Wayne’s world. JON WIEDERHORN...full text
LoudwireWayne Static‘s solo album ‘Pighammer’ is evil disco, which is to be expected since he has been patenting and peddling that style since his band Static-X burst onto the scene in 1999.
‘Pighammer’ sounds a lot like his main band, only a little darker, a little dirtier and a little grimier. It’s also not too far removed from Ministry, only it’s more metallic and less politically minded. But it certainly reminds us of Static-X, but really, would you have expected anything less from someone named Wayne Static, who was in a band called Static-X? It sort of goes with the territory.
That said, the album doesn’t present itself as a hodgepodge or mish-mash of Static-X B-sides, leftovers or throwaway demos. Not even close. There’s an immediacy and a real heft to these songs. The singer-guitarist lets it all hang out and isn’t afraid to scum things up, whereas on their first two albums, his band created industrially tinged aggro that was polished to a sheen. That’s what a major label recording budget will get you and here, Wayne isn’t concerned with being clean. He’s getting his hands dirty literally. He also wrote some of these songs before he got off drugs and got that kind of clean, so the album is slathered with humanness, too.
The album is 12-songs of sample-heavy hard rock, with machine grinding against machine, lacing the album with a crunchy, mechanized vibe. The first single ‘Assassins of Youth’ was initially written when the singer-guitarist was locked in a drug haze and boasts a staccato beat, as does ‘Static Killer’ and ‘She,’ while ‘Around the Turn’ is erected on a militaristic beat. Evil, creepy disco, indeed....full text
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