From the other side of the country, Cypress Hill's been together for more than 12 years, but doesn't begin to approach the sheer number of radio hits that Godsmack's had. The barrio heads are a crucial reminder of what's wrong with major labels' "Sign 'em and drop 'em" approach: Some bands write a really catch tune every four or five years, like "Insane in the Brain," "Rock Superstar," and most recently the Clash-sourced "What's Your Number?"
New Found Glory is the least likely act to take punk-metal fusion somewhere new, but they've done it on the new single "All Downhill From Here," which stirs their trademark bubblegum punk into a curious mix with metal breakdowns and double-bass blasts. Maybe on their headlining tour, they'll add some half-hour solos.
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