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Exotype: Exotype

Exotype is a prototype for what can be done with metalcore, and, in terms of mindless sheer enjoyment, this LP does deliver the goods.

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KEN mode: Entrench

KEN mode's noise-rock growl is unmistakable, but Entrench's 11 songs favor a crueler, more cantankerous metalcore sound -- with the album's lyrical themes of perseverance and doggedness reflected in its fighting stance.

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Buried in Verona: Notorious

Despite adding two new guitarists and a new bassist in advance of their third album, the best and most distinctive thing about Buried in Verona is still Brett Anderson's powerful shouted vocals.

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