Confrontation Camp

Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

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If you've ever listened to Body Count, Kid Rock, or any of the dozens of other bands milking the rap-rock sound for all it's worth, you already know the formula behind this side-project featuring Public Enemy's Chuck D and Professor Griff: loud, screeching guitars + bombastic beats + in-your-face rap vocals = one big headache for all but the most diehard fans of the genre. But the blame can't fall on Chuck D's head, as the greatest voice in hip-hop remains its most effective, with powerful lyrics and a booming tone that would make E.F. Hutton sit up and listen. Instead, the finger must be pointed at frontman Kyle Jason, whose vocals don't stand out from the cacophonous racket, and Chaingang, the four-piece band whose workmanlike funk/metal grooves sound like every other band who's ever tried this sound on for size. To be fair, songs like "Brake the Law" and "Carry My Load" show more than enough promise to suggest the band would be far more potent in a live setting. But Confrontation Camp is ultimately the victim of poor timing -- a decent band whose sound is a thing of the past.

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