Label: Ipecac/Interscope
Key Track: "Go with the Flow"

We've never been that into the glam-meets-evil aesthetics of metal, but we love its ethos: kick ass by any means necessary. So when some unassuming lads from Southern California manage to make most metal bands seem like boo-hooing pussies, you know they're hardbody (no Rob Halford). And when they put together a concept album about driving through the desert and kicking the ever-living shit out of everything in their way? SOLD!

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