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Classic Album Review: Flybanger | Headtrip to Nowhere

There isn's much jarring about the Vancouver nu-metal outfit's cliche debut.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


This Vancouver nu-metal outfit used to be called Jar. Maybe the name change was a good thing, since there sure ain’t much especially jarring about their debut album Headtrip to Nowhere.

These dozen tracks are a predictable lot, constructed from the same building blocks as about 100 metal albums this year — detuned guitar grinding, pounding hip-hop drumbeats and rubber-band basslines, gothy snarling verses that lead into anthemically soaring, Eddie Vedder-style arena-rock choruses. Speaking of Pearl Jam, I found it interesting that nowhere in Flybanger’s press kit does it mention they’re from Canada, preferring to claim they hail from “the Pacific Northwest.” Are they ashamed to be Canadian? Because that would be a jarring thought.