Tony Campos

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Tony Campos
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Tony Campos performing with Soulfly on September 2, 2012
Background information
Birth nameAntonio Campos
Also known asMaldito X
Born (1973-03-09) March 9, 1973 (age 45)
Los Angeles, California, United States [1]
Genres industrial metal, alternative metal, groove metal, death metal, nu metal, thrash metal, grindcore, cowpunk, industrial rock, industrial dance, crossover thrash, heavy metal, hard rock, speed metal, extreme metal, alternative country, metalcore
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals, backing vocals
Years active1994–present
Labels Warner Bros., Reprise
Associated acts Fear Factory, Ministry, Static-X, Soulfly, Prong, Possessed, Agony, Brujeria, Dia de los Muertos, Asesino, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, Attika 7, Cavalera Conspiracy

Antonio Campos (born March 8, 1973) is an American musician. He is the current bass player for the industrial metal bands Fear Factory, Ministry, Static-X, and the vocalist and bassist for Asesino. He is a former bassist for metal bands Prong, Soulfly, and Possessed.

Bass guitar Electric bass instrument

The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and four to six strings or courses.

Industrial metal is the fusion of heavy metal music and industrial music, typically employing repeating metal guitar riffs, sampling, synthesizer or sequencer lines, and distorted vocals. Prominent industrial metal acts include Ministry, Godflesh, KMFDM and Nine Inch Nails.

Fear Factory American metal band

Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. Throughout the band's career, they have released nine full-length albums and have evolved through a succession of styles, including nu metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal. Fear Factory was enormously influential on the heavy metal scene in the mid-to-late 1990s.

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Career

Campos was part of the original Static-X lineup, playing bass and singing backing vocals on all of the group's studio albums. Along with Wayne Static, he was one of the legal owners of the Static-X name, even though he did not participate in the band's temporary reunion from 2012–2013. [2]

Wayne Static American rock musician

Wayne Richard Wells, known professionally as Wayne Static, was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and music sequencer for metal band Static-X. He released his only solo studio album, Pighammer, on October 4, 2011.

In 2001, Campos broke his collarbone in a motorcycle accident, leaving him unable to play in the ongoing "Extreme Steel Tour". Campos continued to sing backing vocals on the tour, and Marty O'Brien took over bass duties. [3]

In 2002, Campos became part of Mexican American metal group Asesino. His stage name, "Maldito X", is Spanish for "Damned X". [4] In the same year, he played bass with the Colombian band Agony during the Rock al Parque.

Asesino is a Mexican-American extreme metal supergroup and a side project of Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares. The band has featured members of Brujeria, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Sadistic Intent, Possessed, Ministry, and Static-X.

Spanish language Romance language

Spanish or Castilian, is a Western Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers in the Americas and Spain. It is a global language and the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese.

Agony (band)

Agony is a Colombian metal band, formed in Bogotá, Colombia in 1992. The band was founded by Alfonso Pinzón and Andrés Jaramillo, two college friends that shared a common interest in metal. A demo tape of the band's first songs, was quickly spread through Bogotá's metal fans in 1994. The band created a reputation of strong and fierce live shows, which was recorded in the first live album published by a Colombian band, Live All the Time in 1995, featuring two cover songs: Pantera's "Strength Beyond Strength" and Sepultura's "Propaganda".

Campos has played bass for Ministry in three stints (2007-2008, 2011-2012, 2014–2016) following the death of Paul Raven. [5] He has joined Ministry again for their US tour with Death Grips in Autumn 2017. [6]

Paul Vincent Raven was a bassist best known for his work in the post-punk group Killing Joke. He later played in the industrial music bands Prong, Ministry, and Zilch.

Death Grips American hip-hop industrial band

Death Grips is an American experimental hip hop band from Sacramento, California, formed in 2010. The group consists of vocalist MC Ride, drummer and producer Zach Hill, and recording engineer Andy Morin. Their sound, paired with Ride's aggressive performing style, draws on punk rock, electronic, noise, and industrial styles.

From 2011-2012, he was a member of death metal band Possessed. He also played with Possessed in 2013 at The Oakland Metro.

Possessed (band) American death metal band

Possessed is an American death metal band, originally formed in 1983. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra's guttural vocals, they are often called the first band in the death metal genre.

He also joined Soulfly in 2011 as their bassist.

In May 2015, Campos announced his departure from Soulfly, and that he would be joining Fear Factory as their bassist. [7]

On October 23, 2018, Campos announced that he and the other two surviving original members – guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay – had reformed Static-X, who were planning to release a new album and tour in 2019 in memory of Wayne Static. [8]

Influences

Campos has cited Blasko, Cliff Burton, Dan Lilker, Jeff Hanneman, and Kerry King as influences. [9] [10]

Equipment

Campos tunes to ADGCF when playing in Asesino. In Static-X, he played with several tunings: CFBbEbG and BbFBbEbAb during Shadow Zone and forward. [11] [12]

Discography

Static-X

Asesino

Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters

Ministry

Soulfly

Prong

Attika 7

As guest member

YearBandAlbumTrack(s)
2007 Divine Heresy Bleed the Fifth "Rise of the Scorned" and "Closure"
2011 Otep Atavist |"Drunk on the Blood of Saints" and "Remember to Forget"
2015 Taipan Straight from the Underground "Straight from the Underground"

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Static-X is an American industrial metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1994. The line-up fluctuated over the years, but always held constant with band founder, frontman, vocalist, and guitarist Wayne Static. Founders of the band were Wayne Static and original drummer Ken Jay. The band rose to fame with their 1999 debut album Wisconsin Death Trip where the band's heavy industrial metal sound found attention within the burgeoning nu metal movement of the late 1990s, with the album eventually going platinum in the United States. The band released five more albums over the course of the next decade: Machine in 2001, Shadow Zone in 2003, Start a War in 2005, Cannibal in 2007, and Cult of Static in 2009.

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