Headtrip to Nowhere
is the major label debut album
by the Canadian heavy metal
. It was released on February 20
through Columbia Records
. The CD is enhanced to include a video of the song "Outlived," not otherwise heard on the disc. The album was preceded by a 5-track Outlived EP
which was released through Gotham Records. This included an additional disc with two tracks that would later appear on Headtrip to Nowhere
. Their debut effort would prove to be Flybanger's only major release before disbanding.
In promotion of Headtrip to Nowhere
, Flybanger toured with Clutch
and Corrosion of Conformity
before performing shows with Sepultura
. According to vocalist Garth, the band was given "100% complete creative control" by Columbia. The album was produced
by Matt Wallace
, known for his work with Faith No More
among other successful bands. Indeed, two songs feature a guest appearance by former Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin
. The third and final single
, "Blind World," was featured on the Dracula 2000 film soundtrack
Various subject matter is examined throughout Headtrip to Nowhere. Garth, the group's vocalist, described "Cavalry" as having "sort of a 'Mad Max' vibe to it" and adding "It's a futuristic story about a guy who refuses to conform to the new world order." The track "Evelyn," explains Garth, "delves into the downward spiral of the human spirit." The hype revolving Y2K is examined in the single "Blind World"; the singer noted, "On New Year's Day, people actually seemed disappointed that there were no earthquakes or mass destruction the night before. They acted as if they'd been ripped off. It was ridiculous. Blatant references to the dark world of drug use are also made in "Crackballs."
The album cover photo depicts art director Shawn Evens; the band was working on a photo shoot in the dessert where an old gold mine with various mechanical objects inside resided. This is thought to be wear the eye piece was found. The album's title comes from a lyric in the song "Evelyn" which the band felt suited the cover photo. The said track may have been considered for a single as Garth considered it "like our little jewel in our back pocket we're going to bring out later.
While not a significant commercial success, Headtrip to Nowhere
was critically praised for its allegiance to traditional heavy metal and neglect for styles of popularity at the time such as nu metal
. William Ruhlmann of AllMusic
commended drummer Rob Wade for his engaging rhythms, noting "His work makes the band's music far more impressive than it would be otherwise. Natalie Hawk of Fast Forward Magazine
cited bassist Tom MacDonald's work among the most outstanding and compared the overall style to that of Pantera
. However, the zealous amount of expletives used throughout the album, as well as its lack of musical originality, have received criticism, particularly by Jason Thompson of PopMatters
. Various album reviews also panned the song "Crackballs" particularly.