"Manic Compression" (Island; 1995)quicksandmanic.jpg (16447 bytes)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter


This second effort from Quicksand continues in the same vein as their debut (the very refreshing "Slip"); however, "Manic Compression" adds more elaborate elements to the music and the lyrics are a bit more mature than their debut effort.  All of the new elements were added without losing the power and passion that the band is known for.

Some of the tunes are fast and furious ("Backward" and "Divorce") and this is when the disc suffers.  When the hardcore/punk attitude takes over the songs tend to be a bit weak.  The short blasts of frenzied guitar mania such as "Blister" and "Thorn In My Side" lack the trademark Quicksand sound.

Quicksand employs a slow and dramatic approach to "Delusional," "Skinny (It's Overflowing)," and "It Would Be Cooler If You Did."  These tunes, despite lacking aggression, still manage to pack punch and power in lyrical vocal desperation.

When the band takes a middle of the road approach (not too fast, not too slow) some very unique results are achieved.  "Brown Gargantuan," the most satisfying song on the disc, and "East 3rd St." take driving riffs and split your perception of hardcore right in half.  "Landmine Spring" and "Simpleton" take the Quicksand sound to new heights with patient bass lines and shifting musical pieces.

Quicksand is comprised of Sergio Vega on bass, Alan Cage on drums, Walter Schreifels on guitar and vocals, and Tom Capone on guitars.  Six tracks on the disc were produced by Wharton Tiers and Don Fury produced the remaining six tracks; amazingly enough this doesn't affect the disc's sound our quality.  Tiers has worked with Biohazard and Helmet; Fury has previously worked with Agnostic Front and Warrior Soul.

After taking a three year hiatus, Quicksand is back together again, touring, and looking for a record deal.  For more information on the reformed Quicksand please point your web browser to http://www.quicksand.net/ and find out more.

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.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

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

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