Tony Campos

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Tony Campos
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Campos performing with Soulfly in 2012
Background information
Birth nameAntonio Campos
Also known asMaldito X
Born (1973-03-08) March 8, 1973 (age 48)
Los Angeles, California, U.S. [1]
Genres
Instruments
  • Bass
  • vocals
Years active1994–present
Labels
Associated acts

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

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Career

Campos was part of the original Static-X lineup, playing bass and performing 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]

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.

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]

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

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]

Band history

Tony Campos

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. With Static-X, he played with several tunings: CFBbEbG and BbFBbEbAb during Shadow Zone and forward. [11] [12]

Personal life

Campos majored in computer science before becoming a musician. [13] He's an avid video gamer [14] and considers the Doom and Halo series as his all-time favorites. [15]

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"
2020 Mick Gordon Doom Eternal soundtrackMember of the "Heavy Metal Choir" [16]

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