Feel the twisted vision in his stare
Inflicting pain, for all to bear
Bringing the world down to its knees
For whatever reason that he sees
The fate that shatters all mankind
What goes on in his sinister mind
He baptizes the masses in his hate
Beware the future, he creates
To his beliefs, all must conform
From his rule, a hell is born. A hell is born!
Caught, nowhere to run, it's only a matter of time
Never, to feel again, the life you wanted to find
Cross, the line of madness, control your cluttered thoughts
Fear, the watchful eye, for all you have is lost
Calling, to voices, you once knew are gone
Falling to ashes, while his reign carries on
Forcing others to fulfill his needs
Suffering those who oppose how he leads
Witness the anguish in the faces of the young
Unmerciful tragedies, now his damage has been done
The evil plan he has preached
The tortured souls he has reached
The lost grasp of reality
Which has proven his immortality
A wild, young and ferocious power/thrash metal band called, Crucial Fix (NY), out of Poughkeepsie, NY, recorded their debut album in 1994.
Yes, this was a world where the internet barely existed and the widespread use of cell phones, never mind the concept of smart phones and tablets, was well into the future. And yes, a mailing list was actually for mailing flyers with stamps through the postal service. Crazy?!
Recorded on their own dime to 1" tape on a 16 track machine (no click tracks, pro-tools, etc.) at Electric Reels Studios (Youth of Today, Underdog) this was just a young band swinging for the fences.
In fact, they began recording this album the day after their drummer's (Kevin) high school graduation.
Shortly after mixing and mastering the album, the band parted ways, and the album was seemingly lost.
At this time, metal music was in transition. The melding of metal with 80's hardcore and the death-metal scene were the established trends, and the numetal movement that would characterize the decade was just getting started.
Crucial Fix (NY) did not fit into these trends, and were defiant and proud. Their influences were far more classic: The new wave of British heavy metal, speed metal, bay area thrash, and progressive metal.
Crucial Fix (NY) did play shows with such kindred misfits as; Dissolve, Attica, Ominous, etc.
Following the end of the band, John (vocals/guitars) continued to play in thrash metal bands, sharing the stage with metal legends, Metal Church and Testament.
Kevin (drums) ventured into sonic rock territory, making records and touring the world in bands alongside artists as diverse as J. Mascis, Mike Watt, Ron Asheton, Morrissey, Calexico, Patti Smith, The Beastie Boys, etc.
The album was a long distant memory when in the summer of 2014, during the process of moving, Tom (guitars) stumbled upon a dusty cracked jewel case in a rusted old box of power tools in his basement. Within the jewel case was a gold CD: The lone remaining, yet forgotten, album master.
This discovery would reconnect the three gentlemen who created this record after 20 years of silence.
While the master tapes were destroyed in a flood many years prior, the album master was placed in the very capable hands of Grammy Award winning producer/mixer/engineer, Jon D'Uva (Overkill, Breaking Benjamin, Louis CK) for re-mastering.
This is the album before you today.
If you enjoy vintage Metal Church, Overkill, John Arch era Fates Warning, early Sanctuary, Raven, Manilla Road, etc., give this record a spin.
released February 10, 2015
Crucial Fix (NY):
John Healy: Vocals and Guitars
Tom McAdams: Guitars and Bass
Kevin McAdams: Drums and Percussion
Produced by Crucial Fix (NY)
Recorded, Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Ron Kuhnke
at Electric Reels Studios, Pleasant Valley, NY
Additional Engineering and Mastering by Jon D'Uva at Prospect Audio, Brooklyn, NY
All songs by Crucial Fix (NY), except "Twisted Vision" by Crucial Fix (NY) and P. Arcuri
Logo by John Healy. Artwork and Layout by Kevin McAdams
A giant "thank you" to our original bassist, Doug Hamel, and our second bassist, Ted Johnson! We played some great shows together!
Thank you to everyone who supported us!
This album is dedicated to the memory of our friends Tom Ainsworth and Dave-O (David Albenda) from WVKR's (91.3 FM) Vicious Metal Show.