Metal Fatigue (album)

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Metal Fatigue
Allan Holdsworth - 1985 - Metal Fatigue (original).jpg
Studio album by Allan Holdsworth
Released 1985 (1985)[1]
Recorded Music Grinder Studios in Hollywood; Mad Hatter Studios in Los Angeles; Front Page Recorders in Costa Mesa, California
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 37:40[2]
Label Enigma
Producer Allan Holdsworth
Allan Holdsworth chronology
Road Games
(1983)Road Games1983
Metal Fatigue

Metal Fatigue is the third studio album by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, released in 1985 through Enigma Records (United States) and JMS–Cream Records (Europe).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Daniel Gioffre of AllMusic gave Metal Fatigue 4.5 stars out of five, calling it "One of the most important fusion records of the '80s" and "Holdsworth's best work. [...] Absolutely essential for those who like their rock with a healthy dose of jazz".[1] He also praised the title track as one of the highlights, as well as the contributions of drummer Chad Wackerman and bassist Jimmy Johnson, whom he described as "virtuosos in their own right".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Allan Holdsworth, except where noted.

1."Metal Fatigue" (lyrics: Paul Williams)4:56
3."Devil Take the Hindmost"5:36
4."Panic Station" (lyrics: Williams)3:36
5."The Un-Merry-Go-Round"14:10
6."In the Mystery" (lyrics: Paul Korda)3:49
Total length:37:40


  • Robert Feist – engineering
  • Dan Humann – engineering
  • Dennis McKay – engineering
  • Biff Vincent – engineering
  • Gary Wagner – engineering


  1. ^ a b c d Gioffre, Daniel. "Metal Fatigue - Allan Holdsworth". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-09-04.
  2. ^ Metal Fatigue (CD release "CR 270-2").

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