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- #1 favorite King's X release of Martin Popoff (Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles)
- Elite 2021 Remaster by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound
- Gold Disc CD to discourage disc rot and add beauty and elegance
- Every CD comes with a deluxe foil-stamped collector's card of King's X
- Featuring Wally Farkas (Galactic Cowboys) guest vocals
- Original cover artwork by Ty Tabor
- Expanded 16-page insert with lyrics and additional band pics
- Gold Disc border on the front cover - but the back of the booklet features the front cover with no Gold border around the outside edges
- Include the previously Japan-only bonus track, "Two"
- First epic album on Metal Blade Records and first album fully self-produced!
- In the year 2000, King's X came in at #83 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock Countdown
Tape Head is a brother record to Poundhound - Massive Grooves and Ty Tabor - Moonflower Lane both of which also released in 1998.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT TAPE HEAD......
With their latest album, Tape Head, King's X stick with their strengths, those being their complex vocal harmonies and incredible guitar tones....The first three songs on the album, "Groove Machine," "Fade," and "Ono," are nothing short of spectacular. PhantomTollbooth.org
That record (Tape Head), Mr. Bulbous, Manic Moonlight....we...made those records together, wrote together and that's how those records came about. And that's kind of a nice period for me - to think just the three of us can do that. They are three of my favorite records.
(from King's X: An Oral History) Jerry Gaskill (King's X drummer)
While the 1-2 punch of ‘Groove Machine’ and ‘Fade’ are the most immediate and catchy things on the album, the slow-burning charm of the rest of the record shines through eventually with ‘Little Bit of Soul’ being a standout track and the joyous 'World' providing a nice counterpoint to the rest of the album.
I think it's ("Groove Machine") my favorite King's X song. It's the purest King's X music we can create.
(from King's X: An Oral History) Doug Pinnick (King's X vocalist/bass)
"Ono is just one of my favorite King's X songs of all-time. When the chorus kicks in, it sounds like the world is gonna end. It's such a really cool emotive feeling, dynamic song." Martin Popoff (Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles)
"Groove Machine - what a monster that blows your mind, it's groovy, pulsating, heavy with big riffs..." Pete Pardo (Rock & Metal critic/reviewer)
ABOUT THE ALBUM
The band's 1998 magnum opus, "Groove Machine" launches the album like a rocket ship on it's way to outer space! Full of molten metal, and grooves so heavy it's been known to cause kryptonic drooling! For many, this album is a triumphant return to the classic King's X sound, while still exploring new territory for a band unwilling to stay the same, and thankfully so! The album flows with the perfect mix of heavy groove and melodic sensibility, with no shreds of the early prog-ish King's X sound. The songwriting is excellent on this album, as expected. The musicianship is elite, with perfectly placed guitar fills, basslines, and of course the signature vocal harmonies. Can it get any better? This is classic King's X with no restrictions, no producers, and no record labels driving them for the next radio hit. This is straight up King's X, very neat, and it goes down ultra-smooth. Indeed - this is top shelf stuff. Compared to Ear Candy (also brilliant), Tape Head is a monolithic slab of epic proportions. Now the album get's the deluxe Gold Disc treatment with an expanded booklet with lyrics and additional band pics. Also included is the Japan-only bonus track, "Two." And, every CD comes with an exclusive King's X foil-stamped collector's card! Indeed - it's time to upgrade the stereo in the car - and turn it UP! Welcome to the GROOVE MACHINE!
1 Groove Machine 3:43
2 Fade 3:24
3 Over And Over 3:23
4 Ono 3:55
5 Cupid 4:14
6 Ocean 3:08
7 Little Bit Of Soul 4:13
8 Hate You 3:01
9 Higher Than God 3:01
10 Happy 5:38
11 Mr. Evil 3:45
12 World 3:36
13 Walter Bela Farkas (Live Peace In New York) (Vocals – Wally Farkas of Galactic Cowboys) 2:42
14 Two 3:14