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Pennsylvania's long-running metal-hardcore outfit Anthrophobia delivered its first national release, Pulse, in 1997, after toiling on the independent circuit for over a decade. The band's style, which melds the early hardcore chops of bands like Bad Brains with the more simplistic approach of Helmet, is well-represented in this solid set. Lead vocalist Frank Phobia spews his paranoid diatribes over a churning bed of metallic, angst-driven grooves, delivered with a no-nonsense (i.e., guitar solo-free) aesthetic. Sometimes the band sounds like Quicksand fronted by Rob Zombie. Guest contributor Jeff Davis adds some rap-style vocals and scratching to some of the tracks, which may sound like Limp Bizkit to some, although it's more likely inspired by Phobia heroes Faith No More. The band improves their sound on the follow-up, 1999's In the Zero to 3 Movement.

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