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Quicksand are a rare thing. Not only can they be described as having pioneered the new sound which has been inappropiately named "emo", their debut album "Slip" released in 1993, is an excellent post-hardcore release which blows most modern day equivilants away. Walter Scheiffels who is now having good success with Rival Schools sounds like he belongs with Quicksand. From the opener 'Fazer' through to 'Dine alone' and 'Too official' the music never falters and maintains the consistency that few bands can achieve nowadays. Remminiscent of bands like Helmet, Quicksand are guitar driven angst yet strangely uplifting and accessable at the same time. A must have for any new fans getting into the excellent Rival Schools, 'Slip' provides the platform for something even more special - the absolute classic 'Manic Compression', Quicksand's second and final full length album. R.I.P Quicksand you are sadly missed.
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"Emo" they are most certainly not, Brilliant, Influential, Sorely Missed they are.
Not attaining the magic that was their next LP Manic Compression, this contains all the ingredients (and that Mesa driven heaviness) that made Quiksand so special and a must in everyones CD collection and fails to dissapoint
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Was A Dark Time For The Rebel Alliance -or- Not Another History Lesson! 7 Mar. 2012
By Khyron - Published on
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In the years following Hardcore-Punk's zenith (`88), it was somewhat unclear what direction the underground scene would take. While bands like Warzone and Bad Brains (when they were functional) continued to wave the Old School banner, Black Flag, Youth of Today and Minor Threat had long since fallen apart. Though there was clearly a void, it was not clear who or what would fill it.

And then in January of '92 it didn't matter. Grunge brought the underground into our living rooms and turned your 12 year old sister into a mumbling, misunderstood punk with green hair . With the paradigm clearly shifting, the search began anew for music with integrity; something your parents would hate (my mother owned Badmotorfinger before I did) but was palatable at the same time. That search ended for me in Hardcore.

Abandoning both the music and the message of Hardcore-Punk, Quicksand's first LP, Slip, is properly regarded as the Genesis of the Post-Hardcore movement. Slip still retains Punk's "less is more" formula of song writing, while simultaniously managing to sound both poised and dynamic. Credit this dichotomy to Walter Schreifel's and Tom Capone's droning, distorted twin rhythm guitars, juxtaposed with a staccato rhythm section that drives and propels each track like a sonic diesel locomotive. Easily the most accessible Post-Hardcore singer, Walter, while fully capable of screaming, defers most often to singing on the ragged edge of screaming; managing to find melody where there simply should not be any. The result is a vocal delivery that is as focused as it is destructive. This is not rasp, this is aggressive melody and has more in common with Maynard James Keenan than any of Walter's Hardcore contemporaries.

Content to let others address the evil's of society, Slip's lyrics deal with inner-struggles ranging from repeated failures (Head to Wall), to self-consciousness (Dine Alone), to unnecessarily suppressing one's thoughts and feelings (Too Official). Heady stuff for a scene most often pre-occupied with animal liberation and clean living. Head to Wall offers what may be Walter's realization that his music may not change the world: "I don't know anything/ But I can read what's on your face/ Just One Moment/ Just one more to struggle/ We all want everything/ But we all can't fit in the door." A far cry from the militant optimism heralded by the bands that spawned Quicksand.

Slip's legacy is not one of album sales but of influence. While one can hear elements of the British Shoegaze scene in Schreifel`s and Capone`s guitar work, Quicksand was very influential on the American Indie Rock and Space Rock scenes centered in the mid-west. Vega's bass sharing center stage with the guitars clearly had an influence on the New Wave of American Metal bands such as Korn and The Deftones; the later of which Vega has now played in since Chi`s accident.

In short, no discussion of Post-Hardcore can begin without Quicksand. It's not simply a matter of including them in a list of influential bands from this scene; they are to Post-Hardcore what Sunny Day Real Estate is to Emo. Nearly universally respected and revered, Quicksand's legacy is one that will likely age as well as this record has. With Slip, Quicksand did what Nirvana and Green Day failed to do: legitimize their scene without commercializing it. Slip is not pop dressed in flannel, it is the single most accurate and most enduring representation of the Post-Hardcore movement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No adjectives suffice to describe its greatness 2 Oct. 1998
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This album changed hardcore forever. After this album, everyone either tried to emulate Quicksand's style, or just gave up. It made everyone look around at the state of hardcore at that time and say, 'what have we been doing this whole time?!?' This was the first record of its kind, though Swiz and Fugazi were probably influences. If 'Dine Alone', 'Fazer', 'Freezing Process', and 'Lie and Wait' had any more groove to them, the world would have to just stop spinning. Walter's voice and lyrics and his syncopated vocal rhythms serve to strengthen the already-massive musical force of their music. Tom Capone is one of the few guitar players in the world who should actually be playing guitar solos, and Alan Cage's drumming style is unparalleled. These four seasoned hardcore vets (the various members were at one time or another in Youth of Today, Bold, Beyond, Absolution, Gorilla Biscuits, Shelter, Moondog, Burn, and other great bands), all got exactly what they deserved by being signed to a major, and this debut release scarcely disappoints. The only let down here is the lack of vocals on Baphomet ('if you were mine...'). The vinyl version (good luck finding it) even has a better mix of 'How Soon is Now?' than you'll find on the Dine Alone promo single. Pick this up as soon as possible and feel whole again.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me? This record kills it! 14 May 2000
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This record bridges the gap between Sunny Day Real Estate and Rage Against The Machine in the best way! It's the best melodic hardcore record you'll ever hear. Even Deftones fans will step off once they've spent a little time with Slip. An addictive record with precise, meaningful lyrics. Came out at the height of new school NYC hardcore scene...on the heels of Gorilla Biscuits and 7 Seconds, and dusting everything that's come out since. Quicksand. Just to say it makes me smile.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and subtly subversive early '90s rock album. 7 Aug. 2005
By threestarsmash - Published on
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Criminally unnoticed and sublimely loud, Quicksand's "Slip" seems to reach inside itself for each song, summoning up the power behind each great guitar riff. Quicksand exudes the same type of weird energy found on records by the Deftones or Rage Against the Machine, where passion seems mysteriously imbued with intelligence.

Like Deftones' singer Chino Moreno's infatuation with The Cure, or RATM's Zach de la Rocha's hang-ups on delicate matters like politics, Quicksand possess melodicism and subtlety to go with their heavy metal affectations. Just check out their fuzzed-up, palm-mutes-like-a-punching-bag cover of "How Soon Is Now?" by the Smiths for proof.

Following a terse drum roll of greeting, "Fazer" opens the album by laying down an irresistible groove perhaps worthy of standing as a mosh pit classic, while the squirrelly riff on "Dine Alone" will get heads nodding all the way through to the climactic bridge section, where heads start flying. Likewise, other cuts, like the title track, don't really heat up until their own fiery endpieces, where guitarist Tom Capone's unique and satisfying soloing style metaphorically puts the pedal to the floor. Other great moments are "Lie and Wait," with a guitar part like an uncontrollable kerosene hose; "Unfulfilled," a song you'll feel you've known forever (in that good way in which the knowing is something drawn from the subconscious rather than something radio- or culture-born); and the sinister, chaotic instrumental "Baphomet."

Talk of inspiring effect on future musicians and waxing poetic on the significance of screaming aside, "Slip" is an underground landmark album for anyone who's ever enjoyed the clever side of the distorted electric guitar.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best album of the 90's??? 27 July 2004
By C. Cerrato - Published on
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Walter Schreifels has one hell of a track record. He cut his teeth in the seminal punk/hardcore band Gorilla Biscuits, and proceeded to start this band here, Quicksand, before going on to form the amazing Rival Schools. All three sound completely different, but gracefully hold their own. Gorilla Biscuits was hardcore through and through, while Rival Schools was more of a rock records, per se. But his best work was with Quicksand, a perfect blend of the two. Blurring the lines of what hardcore, punk, and rock should sound like, Quicksand had a sound all their own. Ask the thousands of similar sounding post-emo, post-hardcore, post-whatever-bands what their favorite albums are, and I'll bet Quicksand pops up every time. And they should. Quicksand have an uncanny skill to create incredibly catchy songs while retaining all the heaviness of a hardcore band. While going relatively unnoticed to the general music-buying public, they have an almost cult-like following that remains strong to this day. I remember seeing this band open up for the Offspring and No Use For A Name in 1995, and all my friends hated them. Naturally they became my favorite band. Basically, anyone into bands ranging from Thursday to GlassJaw to even the Blood Brothers, this is where it all began. An absolute classic in all regards.

Standout Tracks: Fazer, Head to Wall, & Freezing Process
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