Carly Carioli of the Boston Phoenix is reviewing Limp Bizkit’s latest effort ‘Results May Vary’ in contrast with The Darkness and their debut ‘Permission To Land’. The review is more a profile of Fred Durst, as Carioli writes, “Durst wears a tattoo of Kurt Cobain on his chest, and though you’d be hard-pressed to find two men with less in common, it makes for a compelling image. Kurt was the guy who succeeded where past alternative pioneers like Sonic Youth and R.E.M. and Jane’s Addiction had failed: he transformed punk into rock and roll’s official faith, and in doing so he relegated heavy metal (and all that it stood for) to rock’s version of original sin. Guilt has been the operative component of metal as a pop pleasure ever since, and the rap metal of Durst’s design would’ve been unthinkable without that guilt. Out went metal’s flamboyance, its camp, its androgyny; in came the normal-guy stage garb, the boy’s-club shout-alongs, the frat-hop posturing. The bonehead audiences driving alterna-rock sales figures, the ones indie-rockers were always warning us about, were out there in droves; and Durst knew what they wanted.” She says of The Darkness “are the latest, and the goofiest, in a recent spate of bands who’ve peeled back the innovations of the ’90s to get at the unreconstructed metal of the ’70s and ’80s.” The full review at Bostonphoenix.com has since been removed.
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