The discovery of a new band is always exciting. Will it be something you’ve heard countless times? An experience that leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Or is it a treat from which you cannot stop consuming? I wanted to take a trip back in time to reminisce about bands/albums that not only introduced me to heavy music, but kept me coming back for more…
From The Archive: Deadguy – Fixation on a Coworker
I’ve been meaning to write about this band for some time, and with the recent posts from our good friend and fellow heavy blogger, Disinformasiya, where he discussed Five Reasons Why Metalcore Isn’t Total Shit, it got the ‘ol brain a thinking. If it wasn’t for certain bands of the past that combined the speed of metal and the ferocity of hardcore, would the term “metalcore” even exist, and would we have the many abominations of bands that fill the genre today? Who knows. What we do know, is that this genre exists and there are a few standout bands amongst the sea of shitty ones, but for the bands today that actually matter, they owe at least a part of their sound to Deadguy, the hardcore/metal outfit born from the ashes of the equally important hardcore/metal band Rorschach…
Formed in 1994 and haling from New Jersey, Deadguy has proven to be very influential on modern hardcore and metal as evidenced by their only proper studio album, Fixation on a Co-Worker. If you’re at all familiar with bands like Rorschach, Kiss It Goodbye, Unsane and Botch, then by all means, you will find yourself enjoying Deadguy. As mentioned before, they formed from the ashes of Rorschach and after Deadguy broke up, a few members went on to become Kiss It Goodbye. But before Deadguy parted ways they played their part in helping shape the hardcore/metal sound with a few EPs and their only full-length album, Fixation on a Co-Worker.
Following where Rorschach left off, Deadguy continued the musical onslaught with precision drumming, abnormal time-signatures, frantic guitar playing and the riddled with angst vocals that ultimately displayed the bands pissed off attitude. The album opens with “Doom Patrol” and they waste no time in smashing your face into a wall of punishing drums and guitar work, but it’s the vocals of Tim Singer that gives this album it’s overall impact. Not only do the vocals increase the amount of aggression coming from the accompanying instruments, but they are the driving force of this album. I’m sure you’ve heard his style replicated countless times by other bands, but none could match Singer*, who radiated tense anger and spewed forth anthems of unrest. Even during spoken word passages, the unwaveringly presence of discontent was felt.
Deadguy – “Doom Patrol”
Fixation on a Co-Worker is one of the best amalgamations of hardcore and metal that has and ever will be recorded. If you consider yourself an avid fan of metalcore and you’re left scratching your head wondering who this band is, then please take the time to listen to them and realize all that you enjoy stemmed from this band (as well as every other band mentioned in this post). Very few bands have been able to achieve what Deadguy pulled off on this release; a seamless combination of two very different genres, which is no easy task. And as we’re all aware, metalcore will forever be flooded with new bands, most of them as atrocious as the last one. But aside from a few bands that manage to re-ignite the flame, metalcore will always be a genre that will not settle for average, it demands perfection. And in Deadguy’s case, they crafted one of the most kick ass metalcore albums you are bound to ever hear, and they did it in only 30 minutes.
Deadguy – “Pins And Needles”
* I will give credit where credit is due to the original vocalist for The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dimitri Minakakis and the rest of the band for doing an amazing job of recreating the sound left behind by Deadguy. Their self-titled EP is worth checking out if you’ve yet to hear it.