- Released: April 16, 2002
- Label: Fontana Island
Q - 7/95, p.1273 Stars
- Good - "...Experimentation with dynamics makes for a varied record....an intriguing record..."
Alternative Press - 4/95, p.71
"...MANIC COMPRESSION stands on its own merit as the band's most cohesive work yet, both true to form and uncompromising..."
- 5.Skinny (It's Overflowing)
- 6.Thorn in My Side
- 7.Landmine Spring
- 9.Brown Gargantuan
- 10.East 3rd St.
- 12.It Would Be Cooler If You Did
Quicksand: Sergio Vega, Alan Cage, Walter Schreifels, Tom Capone.
Producers: Don Fury, Wharton Tiers, Quicksand.
Audio Mixer: Don Fury.
Recording information: Don Fury's; Sorcerer SOund, New York, NY.
Illustrator: Melinda Beck.
Photographer: Joseph Cultice.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Alan Cage; Sergio Vega ; Tom Capone; Walter Schreifels.
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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine