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Pity poor heavy metal.

Pity poor heavy metal. Its tragic tale may have been played out in the most ludicrously theatrical of traditions but even miserable toga-tugger Sophocles could not have contrived an ending as cruelly inglorious as this. Today, metal is as marketable a commodity as tinned ham, and as much a part of the Identikit anti-establishment uniform as big shorts and a 'difficult' childhood. Worse still, the genre's current, crushing need to disassociate itself from its roots and flaunt its cool, canny grasp of the new (you know - technology and, like, 'issues') is, like an old man in combat trousers, not only embarrassing but completely self-defeating.

), their no-frills rage rings truer than ever.

But, really, when the best track on an album of alledgedly zeitgeist-wrestling mini-apocalypses is a cover of Pink Floyd's 'Have A Cigar' by Foo Fighters and Brian May (that's Brian May), it's time for all involved to ask themselves some serious questions.

Rock is dead, they say. Sadly 'they', on this evidence, may well have a point.
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