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Truth Rising

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With the rap-rock movement well behind them, Truth Rising finds (hed) p.e. unsatisfied with the idea of resting on their laurels. While it starts out as another screamy Rage-inspired nu metal record, filled with skits pertaining to conspiracy theories and chugging songs about governmental mind control, their eighth studio album switches gears hard by the halfway point, when Jahred and his crew start incorporating club jams. “It’s Alright!” is an attempt at dub, “No More Secrets” channels Sublime, and “Murder” is a highly offensive Dirty South sex song that is impossible to take seriously. Of course, these left-field stabs always revert into metal for a chorus or a bridge, but all the mishmashing makes Truth Rising even more inconsistent and alienating than usual.

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