Deadguy - _Fixation On A Coworker_
(Victory/Cargo, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (6 out of 10)
Not sure where this album is headed or what we are supposed to get out of this, but tell ya one thing: I have got a serious headache after listening to Deadguy's latest offering. Blending the crunch of metallic riffs and the sheer "rip n' tear" thoughts of the ultimate hardcore outfit, New Jersey's Deadguy are a prime example of an experiment gone wrong ... in a good way. Pantera-style vocals are everywhere. Everywhere. Even a similar (less death-ish) screamage to that of Obituary's John Tardy is present. And with not the most impressive guitarwork or assembling of music, _Fixation On A Coworker_ appears to be nothing more than a way to release anger and tension. While most of the material is loud and heavy (a good thing), a lot of the numbers sound very similar to each other - not a good thing. Standouts include "Pins And Needles", "The Extremist" and "Die With Your Mask On". Every time I hear this record I get different feelings about it, and not all of them are too good.

(article published 14/3/1996)


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