Nullset – Review

February 22, 2002

Nullset is pretty straightforward rap metal, but at least they draw influence from the first Rage Against the Machine and not their bastard offspring.

Hate – Holy Dead Trinity – Review

February 22, 2002

Equal parts Covenant’s weird riffage and Vader’s brutal assault, Hate plays finely-arranged death metal that is as powerful as it is well-written.

Thumb – 3 – Review

February 22, 2002

Thumb were doing the rap metal thing before it was fashionable, so time-served gives these German lads a bit of cred in a genre with absolutely none.

Thrice – Identity Crisis – Review

February 22, 2002

Thrice go beyond NOFX drumming, they enter full-on Metallica “Battery” territory. A re-issue of a sold-out earlier pressing meant to simply wet yer whistle.

No One – Review

February 22, 2002

No One is from Chicago, combines rapcore groove and the stuttering riffs and roar/speaking styles, but they toss in a psychedelic acoustic desert stroll…

H2O – Go – Review

February 22, 2002

Go is powerchords glazed with sweetness; singalongs at every turn. And the next album might see H2O dangerously close to commercial rock.

Gun Barrel – Power-Dive – Review

February 22, 2002

Drunken romps thru blue collar booze cans, wandering widely within that pigpen to the odd poppy ballad, the odd boogie woogie, a li’l AC/DC, a li’l Wildhearts.

Mushroomhead – XX – Review

February 22, 2002

Everything you love and hate about nü metal roar, industrial coldness, sample-driven electronic dance music, and Goth metal tenderness/shredding cranked to 11.

Ministry – Greatest Fits – Review

February 22, 2002

They spawned cheap-knock-offs galore and became a Ministry cover band after a while, but they’ve written enough great songs to fill a set list, encore included.

Meshuggah – Rare Trax – Review

February 22, 2002

Demo versions of decade-old material, a couple “screw around” tracks, a remix of Chaosphere’s “Concatenation,” and the new, unreleased speedfest, “War.”

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