Faxed Head

Uncomfortable But Free

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For those in search of grotesque, nearly unbearable death metal with a humorous, experimental twist, the group Faxed Head is quite a find. The words that vocalist McPatrick Head "sings" (more like guttural noises and screams) would be impossible to decipher if it weren't for the handy lyric sheet included with the CD. The songs' subject matter is all over the place, with uncommon topics that range from taking drugs at a Pantera concert ("Pantera Lines") to dining at a local eatery ("Pirelli Deli"). They also manage to tie in their whole counterfeit history throughout the album, singing about the small town "Coalinga," which they supposedly hail from. Faxed Head's instrumentalists can handle just about any tempo, from lightning fast ("Tired") to slow moving ("Wyoming Hair"). There is no middle ground on this album; it's either excessively over the top or completely pedestrian. Nothing could possibly prepare you for Faxed Head's musical onslaught. [Note: the CD version of Uncomfortable But Free contains two extra tracks, "Wyoming Hair" and "The Astronaut."]

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