The keys to this accomplishment are hooks, which are plentiful on the likes of "I'm the One," and obstinacy. Although "I Want to Fucking Break It" is pure Reznor aurally and lyrically (it begins "This one's for the assholes"), the X-men's exuberance sells it anyway. The same goes for "Otsego Amigo," a deafening goof of a song that will put a grin on the average headbanger's face.
Along with X-Rated, a companion DVD, War finds the altered Static-X still resisting change. The strategy won't work forever, but this time around, it does.