It’s pretty good if you like their other albums. Better than Shadow Zone, but still doesn’t compare to WDT. Those of you “nu-metal” haters and music-elitists will find it good flaming material. Thus, it works out well for everybody in the end.
Destined to become a desert island disc for every Static-X fan, Beneath, Between, Beyond comprises the ultimate collection of rarities from early demos and exclusive soundtrack material, to power punching remixes and unreleased anthems. Showing the strength, range and raw emotion of a band unique in its genre, Static-X delivers an essential album that will not only satisfy, but expand its rabid fanbase.
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I have always had, and always will have, a soft spot for Static-X’s music. Their debut album, “Wisconsin Death Trip,” came out during my freshman year of high school, around the time that I was still trying to find my musical identity. I have loyally followed them, even as trends came and went, and as my own personal tastes evolved. But Static-X have so many elements to their music that it’s impossible to get bored. Each one of their three albums has a distinct sound, and “Beneath, Between & Beyond” celebrates a wealth of superb material that, unfortunately didn’t make the cut. If you were a fan of the debut, then this compilation should be right at home; About half of the songs here are pulled from the “Wisconsin Death Trip” sessions, or around that time period. The two b-sides to their latest release (“Shadow Zone”), “Deliver Me” (from the soundtrack to 2003’s “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) and the previously unreleased “Breathe” jumpstart the album, as it moves along into more familiar b-sides, such as “Down” and “So Real” (from “Scream 3″). The Mephisto Odyssey collaboration, “Crash” was a nice touch, as I had almost forgotten about this song (remember the video, where Wayne had horns like Batman?). The Paul Barker remix of “I’m With Stupid” is absolutely stunning, and breathes life into the familiar song (I almost prefer this to the original). Some choice covers of Black Sabbath (“Behind The Wall Of Sleep”), The Ramones (“Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment”) and Ministry (“Burning Inside”) are all excellent choices, with “Burning Inside” sporting guest vocals by Fear Factory frontman Burton C. Bell. There are also five demos at the end of the eighteen song collection, all varying in quality, but interesting nevertheless. Overall, it’s a great collection for the Static-X faithful. I’d like to think of it as an unorthodox “Greatest Hits” for them. Bottom line is, if you’re a fan, this is worth getting.
Some may call this a greatest hits CD, but it is actually a collection of rarities, remixes, and unreleased song. However, a casual fan would most likely not find this to be an enjoyable CD. It is the hardcore fans of Static-X and Wayne’s giant hair that will find it to be well worth the money. I will now review each song individually.
1. Breathe 4/5
It sounds like a mix of Shadow Zone and WDT songs.
2. Deliver Me 5/5
With addictive lyrics and awesome music, this proves to be one
of the better songs on the CD.
3. Anything But This 4/5
Double bass drums and pulse-pounding singing create a rather
4. S.O.M 2/5
One of my least favorite song on the CD, mostly because
Wayne’s voice overpowers all the music.
5. Down 5/5
Definetly from the age of WDT, this is a great song.
6. Head 4/5
It kind of reminds of newer Slipknot music. That’s about all
to say for Head.
7. So Real 3/5
It is one of Static-X’s more techno-sounding songs.
8. Crash 3/5
Not one of the greater songs, partly because Tony, Tripp,
and Nick aren’t in it.
9. Push It (JB’s Death Trance Remix) 4/5
Major techno stuff here. Overall, it’s just…different.
10. I’m With Stupid (Paul Barker Remix) 5/5
Truly an addictive and awesome song, it’s even heavier than
11. Burning Inside 4/5
Fast-paced and really cool, Burton Bell (Fear Factory) does
a really great job.
12. Behind the Wall of Sleep 5/5
While I’m not a fan of Black Sabbath, I’m when they did this,
it sounded nowhere near as good.
13. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment 5/5
It’s kind of funny to hear Static-X do a Ramones cover, but
this is a really great song, and also the fastest song on the
14. I Am (Demo) 4/5
It’s great to hear Static-X in the studio, and that’s what
this (and the other demos) deliver.
15. Love Dump (Demo) 5/5
This is probably the best-sounding demo on the CD, and one of
the best songs from WDT.
16. Get to the Gone (Demo) 3/5
A good song, but it is also a little dissapointing. But, it’s
17. New Pain (Demo) 4/5
In my opinion, it sounds alot better than the actual song.
18. Otsegolectric (Demo) 4/5
Once again, better than the original. It also includes an
appearance by the guy from Monster.
Overall, next to Wisconsin Death Trip, this is their best CD, truly for the hardcore X fan.
Generally, when a band releases an album of re-mixes, unreleased songs, demos and so forth, I end up somewhat letdown. When you get enough of them, you begin to know what to expect of them. The overall quality of this CD was a pleasant surprise though and I have already played it back to front to back numerous times without feeling the need to skip a track.
A reasonable amount of the CD is similar to the style of “Wisconsin Death Trip”. “Beneath Between Beyond” is the perfect addition to any Static-X fan’s collection and is solid enough to serve as an introductory album to those unfamiliar with this powerful force of trance-metal.
This album is for the fans of Static-X, plain and simple. If you haven’t liked Static-X before, this isn’t going to win you over. However, if you just have a passing fancy in the things of Static, then this album warrents a purchase. It’s an album that features songs from all over the career of Static-X, songs that have appeared on movie soundtracks and whatever. Plus, it features songs from all three eras (WDT, Machine, SZ), so all fans are bound to find something they like on this cd. Plus, it’s nice to see taht “Down” and “Head” are finally seeing a wide release, being that they are two of my favorite Static-X songs. The only songs missing from this collection is “Hip Hop” w/ Dead Prez and a remix of Love Dump. Anyway, all fans may pick up this cd now…