Pacifier (Nothingface album)

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Studio album by Nothingface
Released October 1996[1][2]
Recorded 1996 (OZ Recording Studio/Emporium Recording Studio)
Mixed from July 9th–17th 1996[3]
Length 42:21[4]
Label DCide
Producer Nothingface & Frank Marchand
Nothingface chronology
An Audio Guide to Everyday Atrocity

Pacifier is the debut album by the Washington, D.C.-based alternative metal music group Nothingface. The album was originally released in October, 1996 via DCide Records (the exact date is unknown).[3] The album was re-released on February 6, 1997 and again on August 11, 1998.


Many of the tracks on Pacifier were re-recorded from the band's 1995 independent release Nothingface.[5] The tracks "Defaced", "Self Punishment", "Hitch", "Useless", "Perfect Person", and "Communion" were all re-recorded from Nothingface with slight lyrical changes.

To help promote the album, music videos were made for the tracks "Pacifier" and "Defaced". In "Pacifier", singer Matt Holt is seen wearing a bright golden jacket, which he claimed the record label forced him to wear, in order to give the video a "happier" feel.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]

Allmusic gave the album three stars out of five and said that although "Pacifier has garnered unfair comparisons to Korn", the band "show a bright flair that could very well lead them to stardom."[4] Mark Jenkins from The Washington Post criticized Holt's harsh vocals and a lack of variety on the album, although he acknowledged the technical skill and musicianship of the band.[7]

Musical style and lyrics[edit]

Elements of alternative metal,[4] post-punk[7] and death metal[7] are incorporated throughout the album. Matt Holt's harsh and growling vocals are different from Nothingface releases that come after the album Pacifier. The album's songs feature the same musical formula used by the band Korn.[4]

Lyrical themes explored include self-loathing,[7] inner turmoil,[4] self-esteem issues,[4] animosity and feeling suicidal. The track "Defaced" is about child molestation and abuse.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Matt Holt; all music composed by Nothingface.

No. Title Length
1. "One Thing" 4:29
2. "Pacifier" 3:59
3. "Lipsdick" 3:18
4. "Undercut" 4:17
5. "Defaced" 2:50
6. "Self Punishment" 4:12
7. "Hitch" 5:38
8. "Useless" 3:47
9. "Perfect Person" 4:29
10. "Communion" 5:22



Year Song
1997 "Pacifier"
1997 "One Thing"
1997 "Defaced"