"Not Without My Mind" (Impure Records)

Reviewed by Snidermann


Platehead is one raw, talented band. Their music moves with a drive that apparently comes straight out of the mind of its brainchild, Tom Plates. The band cooks with a weird Black Sabbath/Type O Negative kind of vibe. Plate is heavy, atmospheric and very creative. The lyrics are serious and have something to say.

Although this self-produced CD is well done, Platehead needs two things as far as I can tell: a record company to finance and present the band to the world and a producer who can smooth the rough edges and rough the smooth edges. As is, the overall vision is too fragmented and disjointed to be considered a singular entity. That may also be because there are four new songs on the CD and two demos from 1999 released under the name GOING POSTAL. There a also a couple of bonus tracks hidden on the CD as well, the last featuring a cut from the film "Legend" starring Tim Curry as the big screen's greatest cinematic devil ever. (If you haven't seen the film, see it for Curry's performance alone!)

Platehead, in my opinion, is a band to keep your eye ... and ears ... on.

Platehead: Tom Plates, everything but: Vocals on "Wasted Youth," by Artie Alexander and drums by Jimi Riggs.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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