on 5 January 2000
Kings X, for the benefit of those who have yet to sample their unique brand of rock, are one of those bands who find themselves too good and original to break into the mainstream world of Rock. Although Tape Head has been on release for some time now, its fresh guitar fuelled sound and backing vocals you could eat stomp all over most recent releases with a size twelve Doc Martens. From the opening track, Groove Machine, to the truly bizarre closer, Walter Bela Farkas (Walter Farkas is the guitarist for the Galactic Cowboys - another great band you should look out for), Kings X never let up on the quality. Fade, Cupid and and Ocean simply drip with atmosphere. Produced by the guitarist / vocalist Ty tabor, the album can be considered a minor classic. As a unit, Ty, Doug Pinnick (bass and vocals) and Jerry Gaskill (drums and vocals) are as tight a unit as you will ever find. Believe me, you will have no regrets if you decide to buy this album. Go on, you know you want to - 'Buy it now!!!'.
on 2 March 2000
King's X never have and probably never will get the recognition they deserve: while the big boys get played on every rock show you can think of, hardly anyone's heard OF this lot, let alone heard them! This album is an absolute corker, returning to rockier territory after the more Beatles-esque Ear Candy. Every track features a perfect blend of crunchy guitar, sublime melodies, and beautiful soloing from Ty Tabor - a man who can "shred" with the best of them but knows not to all the time. In short, as I said before, this album is in a word... PERFECT!
on 1 July 2009
This band is so different ,and special. They have made many albums in over twenty years of heavy progressive rock funk metal that have influenced many of the biggest bands around right now. Thier style is so different and uplifting, positive and strong. This album is more looser and rawer than normal for them, but just as essential and superb as all their others. Great band, great ninties album.
on 1 July 2009
This album was a lot more independently made and has a looser more fresh sound which is really sharp and crisp. The tunes are just so great-soulful, heavy, oringinal in style, funky, sad, beautiful, angry. This is a legendary band and this was them changing direction and approach at the end of the ninties. vry good album if you like nu-metal and the great grunge bands.
on 8 February 2015
Having loved their final album for Atlantic (Ear Candy), Tapehead was a jolt to the system on first airing. This was a more aggressive album, with 'Groove Machine' one hell of an opener. The hints of heavy funk & soul that were speckled through their early albums are more in evidence here. Moving ballad 'Over & Over' could be an old Stax song from the glory days of soul. The album needs time invested and soon those complex melodies that King's X specialise in start to flower. 'Little Bit Of Soul', 'Ocean' & 'World' are classic King's X songs. 'Happy' is ferocious in a good way.
Loses a star for some less than remarkable songs (Mr Evil, Cupid)