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Album Review

Quicksand's heavy metal is distinguished not by the band's hooks but by its precision — they grind their riffs into the ground, never alleviating their intensity. Manic Compression isn't as murky as Quicksand's major-label debut and it contains tighter, better-constructed songs, all of which makes the band's deliberate lack of melody excusable. Then again, the point isn't melody — Quicksand is about sheer sound, in all of its distorted glory. If you like that sound, the album delivers the goods.

Customer Reviews

....the real....

this band single handedly changed my look at rock!

Definitive must have.

This is one of those albums that gets lost in the shuffle of 90's power-punk/alternative/grunge compilations. This album has great riffs, LOTS of sound and deserves to be played at 11 every time. "East 3rd" requires a few listens to fully appreciate its intensity and "Brown Gargantuan" is a fast paced (60 miles an hour?) rip-rolling rock anthem.


Formed: 1990 in New York City, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

The alternative metal band Quicksand emerged from the New York City hardcore scene of the late '80s; before coming together in 1990, singer/guitarist Walter Schreifels, guitarist Tom Capone, bassist Sergio Vega, and drummer Alan Cage all honed their chops in a series of local acts, including Youth of Today, the Gorilla Biscuits, and Bold and Beyond. A self-titled EP soon followed, and in 1992, Quicksand issued their Polygram debut, Slip, earning airplay with the single "Dine Alone." After touring...
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