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How To Tell The Difference Between Metal GenresHow To Tell The Difference Between Metal...

Just exactly what are the differences between the different genres of metal... read th [ ... ]

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HAYDEN - The Closer I GetHAYDEN - The Closer I Get

Following the major press hype surrounding his first album, the 1995 home-made effort Ev [ ... ]

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THE CHURCH - Hologram of BaalTHE CHURCH - Hologram of Baal

The Church were definitely a breath of fresh air when they arrived on the heavily synth- [ ... ]

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VARIOUS The Royal Treatment & The Event HorizonVARIOUS The Royal Treatment & The Event ...

For The Royal Treatment, groups and artists from San Francisco's City Of Tribes label we [ ... ]

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THE ROOTS Things Fall Apart

Erudite, literate and keenly aware of their surroundings, Philadelphia's The Roots have become an anomaly in hip-hop - even though they arguably stay truest to its original spirit. Black Thought, Questlove and their compatriots might be a real live band who have the clout to attract Erykah Badu, Mos Def and Common to contribute to their most explosive album yet, but they're mavericks in a rap world obsessed with the dollar, survival and the art of war.

Not for nothing is the title taken from Chinua Achebe's novel about the erosion of traditional ways in the Niger delta area of West Africa. Things are falling apart in The Roots' America - relationships, families, politics - and this suite of songs is a way to describe and exorcise the psychological impact. The subtleties of the playing, hypnotic and chiseled, rather than the usual limp rap funk contributes to the organic expression of pain and paranoia, makes it real. A change is gonna come, and real soon, is the core of The Roots' message. For a change these hip hoppers give instructions on ways to prepare for that inevitable.

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