Psychotica - _Psychotica_
(American/Ventrue/Warner, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (9 out of 10)
Knee deep in the mentality of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and supporting numerous theatrical musical numbers reminiscent of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust era rock n' roll on their self-titled debut album, comes the raunchy yet seductive sounds of New York shock rock crew Psychotica. Led by the offwall and mindfucked (in other words insane) frontman Patrick Biggs, the motley crue he leads with this campaign of musical expression prove to be the biggest asset of the band as they continuously help keep the music slightly off balance but still centered with Biggs strong vocals and expressive singing style. In other words, Biggs manages to create a 'psychotic' world where his music grows and breathes and only he can control it from reaching utter anarchy. [hmmm...sounds like Marilyn Manson? -- Gino] Anarchy is almost reached with numbers like "Starfucker Love," "Stop" and "Flesh And Bone" and there are numerous other numbers on the 18-track LP that stir up some kinda poison for us to swallow. For those that like Wayne/Jayne County, Ziggy Stardust and Marilyn Manson (watch the stampede!) then Psychotica are for you. With a generous heapage of hype surrounding them, not to mention the opening slot on this year's Lollapalooza tour, New York's filthy crew of saints and sinners may become America's new sweethearts. We'll see.

(article published 12/8/1996)

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