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Manic Compression by Quicksand
Released: Feb 1995
Label: Island Records
Though it didn't penetrate the mainstream quite like Helmet's Meantime, Quicksand's second album Manic Compression was pivotal in kick starting the alt-metal movement. The key to the music's impact is the deft manner in which the group fuses Fugazi's start/stop rhythm gymnastics to meaty, New York metalcore. Groove is so important, in fact, that Quicksand have little time for melody. Nevertheless, the many ways they weave their impassioned screamer vocals into their whiplash onslaught adds an anthem-like quality to several tracks, among them "Landmine Spring" and "Skinny (It's Overflowing)."
Justin Farrar
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