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Headless - 2012 Lost In Space

ARTIST: Headless
ALBUM: Lost In Space
LABEL: Digital Release Only
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Stefan Kaufmann - composer, lyrics

TRACK LISTING: 01 Flight, Pt. 1 * 02 Ready To Rock * 03 Foreign Land * 04 Space (miss) * 05 Lost In Space * 06 Special Place * 07 S'Grosi * 08 Fly With Me To The Angels * 09 Reflection * 10 Lethal Symphony * 11 Shadow In The Night * 12 The End


There have been some great bands to have originated from Switzerland. I won't go into too much detail, but many of you will have heard of Krokus and Gotthard for starters. Unfortunately Headless will not be part of this list, despite trying hard on their confusing album 'Lost In Space'. My Internet searches have indicated that this album came out in 1993 on an Austrian label. Well Austria and Switzerland are tied at the hip, so what the hey? A chap called Stefan Kaufmann was responsible for composing all of the material, but I'll assume he had some help pulling this off, which is no small achievement. These boys can't decide if they wanna rock out or bore us with dreary space opera ballads. It doesn't matter which direction they take us in, this is one of the worst albums I've had the displeasure of hearing in many a year. It's almost comical how Headless present themselves to the listener. I'm absolute positive that they mean well and are dead serious in their profession, but please guys.. take it back to the rehearsal room and work it out for christ sakes!

The Songs
'Flight Part 1' is an opening ballad which goes nowhere fast. Is this thing going to get off the ground? Starting the album with a ballad is like opening your Cricket bowling attack with a part-time spin bowler!! Oh dear. Then they switch on the after-burners with the 4/4 beat of 'Ready To Rock', a most maligned songtitle if ever there was one. The music is bog standard, the vocals appalling. More pianos from Dullsville precedes 'Foreign Land', topped by an atrocious vocal and equally bad lyrical phrasing. Oh dear moment number 2. 'Space' is a 1 min 43 ballad instrumental. A waste of space. 'Special Place' returns Headless to a rocking mode, by now they should realise they are on a hiding to nothing. The gang chants sound like they were sampled from a football stadium in some remote East Russian city in the throngs of winter! 'Fly With Me To The Angels' starts out in ballad mode but chops over to a rock anthem. I'm not sure why they bothered. 'Lethal Symphony' at 8 minutes makes for excruciating hard listening. I'm not sure the drummer has heard of a metronome, because his kick drums sound out of sync in some places. 'Shadow In The Night' could be 80's HM found on some of those old Mausoleum releases, but nowhere as good. They leave the worst till last; 'The End' with some terribly mixed kick drums, and some grotesque animal growls amid the tepid heavy metal on offer. WTF? The lead singer's howls remind me of some of those silly L.A Metal demos from the 1979-1981 era.

In Summary
It seems 'Lost In Space' was released in the i-Digital domain earlier in 2012; hence a proliferation of fileshares all over the Net. I haven't yet determined whether Mr Kaufmann accidently misnamed the project.. Headless or Brainless? Either way, this album is certainly nothing to lose your head over! If you wanna laugh, then download it and hear what I heard.

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#1 | george_the_jack on December 06 2012 14:27:53
LOL! George, there's another album you've heard in 2012 and belongs to that list I believe... I love "comical" albums especially when their "artists" take themselves way more seriously than they should.
#2 | gdazegod on December 06 2012 14:38:14
Give me a hint GTJ? lol..
#3 | george_the_jack on December 06 2012 14:46:25
"I'm not sure the drummer has heard of a metronome...". Now I'm pretty sure you got it! lol
#4 | gdazegod on December 06 2012 17:14:41
OK, I got it.. I remember now.. Andy something.. ? stress
#5 | george_the_jack on December 06 2012 20:12:48
hahaha! There's another similarity as well. You had to rate this work of art above with a 5 out of 10 as the system wouldn't allow you to give it the realistic 1/10 you initially wanted to give. I'm talking about the rating system which lies below the reviews here in GDmusic. Well, if my memory serves me right, that 5 out of 10 was your rating for the "vanished" review of AR's masterpiece. I'm just wondering what would have happened if you had given that one an 1 out of 10... lol Seriously,I would love to see your top 10 of unintentionally comical albums of all time. It would be really interesting! Pfft
#6 | gdazegod on December 06 2012 23:27:19
Yeah, I'll fix the Ratings system underneath to get it right down to a 1. It just needs a bit of code to be tweaked. Nah, Andy's album wasn't a complete write-off, there were some good/ok moments on it, but nothing as bad as this!
#7 | george_the_jack on December 07 2012 00:55:20
Then I have to check out the above jewel asap! hehe
#8 | Nick C on December 07 2012 06:39:33
Me too! You might have unintentionally released a massive hit here George! Grin
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