James LaBrie - Static Impulse


8.3 | 185 votes |
Release date: 28 September 2010
Style: Progressive metal

Owners:

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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]

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)

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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22.09.2010 - 20:56
Rating: 9
andreosokin
SOUNDERY
Omg, how I want this album
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22.09.2010 - 21:08
JohnDoe
Account deleted
I'm looking forward to listening to this.
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23.09.2010 - 23:10
Zyklonzack
This may end being better than a lot of recent melodeath releases.
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27.09.2010 - 19:00
Rating: 8
Zhao
The Arkaholic
Anything with Marco Sfogli should be awesome.
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27.09.2010 - 20:38
Rating: 10
metalicharly
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!!!
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30.09.2010 - 23:01
Rating: 9
mephisto_loh
Excellent album +10:thumbup:
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01.10.2010 - 03:08
themetalman
Account deleted
Very good album, nice to see some screaming, it's different but great
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05.10.2010 - 19:54
Rating: 8
Zhao
The Arkaholic
Defenitly among the better albums with Labrie.
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10.10.2010 - 22:41
Rating: 9
RafaRata
Thumbs up for Marco Sfogli
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27.10.2010 - 04:32
Rating: 10
H-metal
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.
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I listen to metal before you were even born...
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06.11.2010 - 21:45
Rating: 6
Dangerboner
:D
Every song sounds the same. Elements is much better
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15.11.2010 - 14:57
BehnamSs
Cool !
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We move in circles, Balanced all the while
On a gleaming razor's edge
A perfect sphere, Colliding with our fate
This story ends where it began
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10.12.2010 - 13:54
Rating: 9
andreosokin
SOUNDERY
A very brave and rocking experiment!
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11.12.2010 - 15:42
Rating: 10
Pathosray
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.
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15.12.2010 - 16:28
K†ulu
Seeker of Truth
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.
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Savor what you feel and what you see
Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner

Satan was a Backstreet Boy
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29.01.2011 - 21:56
Introspekrieg
Totemic Lust
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.
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29.01.2011 - 22:52
Rating: 8
Ag Fox
Angel No More
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
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loves 小巫
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31.01.2011 - 15:25
K†ulu
Seeker of Truth
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.
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Savor what you feel and what you see
Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner

Satan was a Backstreet Boy
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31.01.2011 - 16:19
Rating: 8
Ag Fox
Angel No More
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 (=
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loves 小巫
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20.03.2012 - 10:04
Rating: 9
raymond2349
Like the track "one more time", I kept listening to it many many times...
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