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Deadheads: This One Goes To 11
Deadheads - This One Goes To 11 CD Album Review

Deadheads: This One Goes To 11

Heavy Speed Rock
3.0/5.0

Stealing that classic phrase from guitarist Nigel Tufnel in Spinal Tap, Deadheads return with their third album, This One Goes To 11, on the High Roller Records label. The album lives up to it's title with Deadheads self-described "action rock" which turns on energy and guitars. But it little more explanation is needed.

Deadheads Band Photo

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Basically, Deadheads play heavy, guitar-driven, rock at a lightning pace. Excepting possibly one song, the more mellow and subdued Too Lost To Be Found, everything here is a crush of guitar riffs, speed, more speed, and blistering solos. Over and over again with little variation. Energetic and loaded with action sure, but also repetitive. The Deadheads sound is also raw and organic. I would not be surprised if the band didn't record their songs live in the studio with an analog recording.

But the basic Achilles' heel of This One Goes To 11 is simply the overarching musical redundancy. All one needs to do is listen to the first song and you know exactly what the rest of the album will sound like. But with Deadheads, this is intentional. There's no Forrest Gump box of chocolates here. So, fundamentally, if you've liked Deadheads energetic guitar forward action rock, you will like This One Goes To 11. Me, one spin was enough.



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Fundamentally, if you've liked Deadheads energetic guitar forward action rock, you will like This One Goes To 11. Me, one spin was enough.

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