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Release date: 28 September 2010
Style: Progressive metal

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8.3 | 179 votes

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01. One More Time
02. Jekyll Or Hyde
03. Mislead
04. Euphoric
05. Over The Edge
06. I Need You
07. Who You Think I Am
08. I Tried
09. Just Watch Me
10. This Is War
11. Superstar
12. Coming Home
13. Jekyll Or Hyde [demo] [limited edition bonus]
14. Coming Home [alternate mix] [imited edition bonus]

Review
Lyrics (14)


Line-up
Kevin James LaBrie - vocals
Matt Guillory - keyboards, background vocals
Marco Sfogli - guitars
Ray Riendeau - bass
Peter Wildoer - drums, scream vocals


Additional info
Released in 2010 as:
- regular CD
- Limited Edition CD (with 2 bonus tracks)

Re-released in 2013 as:
- Limited edition black LP + CD
- Limited edition clear LP + CD

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
8.8
Throw everything you think this sounds like out the window. Following the excellent Elements of Persuasion, Dream Theater's singer James LaBrie teamed up once more with Matt Guillory to record one of this year's best albums for sure.

The musical base remains the same along with Italian prodigy Marco Sfogli handling the guitar duties with brio. However, Static Impulse takes a new direction with the rhythm section. Sweden's Peter Wildoer brings his mathematical drumming knowledge to the table as well as a huge dose of screams and a rejuvenating Death Metal inspired undercoating. But don't be afraid, as with its predecessor, the songs on this album are heavy and catchy as hell. There is actually an elusive dichotomy in the sound, maybe between the radio-friendly choruses and the overall extremely heavy and aggressive bridges. It is hard to figure out what the hell is going on, while being swept away by the songs at the same time. And this pretty much resumes why this album should make your shortlist.

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published 05.10.2010 | Comments (18)

Staff pick by
Dane Train

30.10.2010 James LaBrie is hands down one of Metal's greatest voices and after five years returns with his newest solo album. When most people think of LaBrie doing a solo album the first thought is a bunch of ballads. But not on this record. A brilliant blend of Gothenburg and Prog, Static Impulse is a hard hitting, kick-ass record that is sure to turn heads and shows Dream Theater's vocalist in a whole new light!

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andreosokin - 22.09.2010 at 20:56  
Rating: 9 Omg, how I want this album
JohnDoe - 22.09.2010 at 21:08  
  I'm looking forward to listening to this.
Zyklonzack - 23.09.2010 at 23:10  
  This may end being better than a lot of recent melodeath releases.
Zhao - 27.09.2010 at 19:00  
Rating: 8 Anything with Marco Sfogli should be awesome.
metalicharly - 27.09.2010 at 20:38  
Rating: 10 A-WE-SO-ME. It's like ten times better than some melodeath releases of this year. It's powerfull, technical, melodic and surprising. Mixing Labrie's melodic voice with Peter Wildoer's grunt provides an explosive result. All musicians are great, specially Marco Sfogli, Wildoer and Guillory. If you want to follow my advise: get it as soon as you can!!!
mephisto_loh - 30.09.2010 at 23:01  
Rating: 9 Excellent album +10:thumbup:
themetalman - 01.10.2010 at 03:08  
  Very good album, nice to see some screaming, it's different but great
Zhao - 05.10.2010 at 19:54  
Rating: 8 Defenitly among the better albums with Labrie.
RafaRata - 10.10.2010 at 22:41  
Rating: 9 Thumbs up for Marco Sfogli
H-metal - 27.10.2010 at 04:32  
Rating: 10 Can't say I'm the biggest DT fan. But I dig James LaBrie solo albums so much.
This album is quite amusing and surprising in many ways. And a killer band, BTW. 2 thumbs up.
Dangerboner - 06.11.2010 at 21:45  
Rating: 6 Every song sounds the same. Elements is much better
BehnamSs - 15.11.2010 at 14:57  
  Cool !
andreosokin - 10.12.2010 at 13:54  
Rating: 9 A very brave and rocking experiment!
Pathosray - 11.12.2010 at 15:42  
Rating: 10 The best LaBrie has ever done. Euphoric is my favorite, but the sogns are all excellent. The drumming is awsome, the melodies settle in the head and don't let go. The keyboard are hunting...and LaBrie's voice...well, perfect would be an euphemism.
K†ulu - 15.12.2010 at 16:28  
  I really hated this album. The worst music I've heard in a long time. So boring. I've never been a fan of LaBrie's voice, but it has almost nothing to do with why I don't like this album. It's just that it sounds totally commercial and and actually pop. Really, to me, this is not metal, and those superfast solos don't change anything. And besides, as Dangerboner said, the songs do sound the same. boo.
Introspekrieg - 29.01.2011 at 21:56  
  I am very surprised by this album, finally picked it up and have to say his voice sounds great. The melodies are memorable and I think I will enjoy this one... although sometimes it reminds me of Soilwork.
Ag Fox - 29.01.2011 at 22:52  
Rating: 8
Written by K†ulu on 15.12.2010 at 16:28

I really hated this album. The worst music I've heard in a long time. So boring. I've never been a fan of LaBrie's voice, but it has almost nothing to do with why I don't like this album. It's just that it sounds totally commercial and and actually pop. Really, to me, this is not metal, and those superfast solos don't change anything. And besides, as Dangerboner said, the songs do sound the same. boo.
That's a bit extreme imo as I quite enjoyed it, but I do agree that quite a lot of songs are rather samey, which is why I didn't rate it higher
K†ulu - 31.01.2011 at 15:25  
 
Written by Ag Fox on 29.01.2011 at 22:52

Written by K†ulu on 15.12.2010 at 16:28

I really hated this album. The worst music I've heard in a long time. So boring. I've never been a fan of LaBrie's voice, but it has almost nothing to do with why I don't like this album. It's just that it sounds totally commercial and and actually pop. Really, to me, this is not metal, and those superfast solos don't change anything. And besides, as Dangerboner said, the songs do sound the same. boo.
That's a bit extreme imo as I quite enjoyed it, but I do agree that quite a lot of songs are rather samey, which is why I didn't rate it higher

Well, if I rate something with an 8, it means I enjoyed it very much; I don't what your criteria are. I don't think I will listen to Static Impulse any time soon.
Ag Fox - 31.01.2011 at 16:19  
Rating: 8
Written by K†ulu on 31.01.2011 at 15:25

Written by Ag Fox on 29.01.2011 at 22:52

Written by K†ulu on 15.12.2010 at 16:28

I really hated this album. The worst music I've heard in a long time. So boring. I've never been a fan of LaBrie's voice, but it has almost nothing to do with why I don't like this album. It's just that it sounds totally commercial and and actually pop. Really, to me, this is not metal, and those superfast solos don't change anything. And besides, as Dangerboner said, the songs do sound the same. boo.
That's a bit extreme imo as I quite enjoyed it, but I do agree that quite a lot of songs are rather samey, which is why I didn't rate it higher

Well, if I rate something with an 8, it means I enjoyed it very much; I don't what your criteria are. I don't think I will listen to Static Impulse any time soon.
Yes, I enjoyed it very much too, despite the shortcomings of the album. It's something that I would revisit even after this year. Each to their own (=
raymond2349 - 20.03.2012 at 10:04  
Rating: 9 Like the track "one more time", I kept listening to it many many times...

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