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Chris Green

Bad Religion New Maps of Hell:B+

These guys still have it in them. They aren't just going through the motions; you can feel the heart in their music. While many punk bands don't last more than a couple of years, Bad Religion is still kicking ass after 27 years. If you haven't gotten a chance to see them live, do it. They'll blow you away.

Bone Thugs 'N' Harmony: B-

Bone Thugs are surprisingly fresh in a sea of posers and money-hungry thugs. They rap about the same cliched, deeply poetic subject matter of commercial rap (Bitches and hos, 40s, gold chains, getting shot and living, rims, cribs, the streets, thug life, hustlin', etc.) but do it well. Bone Thugs 'N' Harmony are three charming young men who have been rapping in the "game" since '94. With member Flesh-N-Bone in jail, the group has dwindled down to a trio. Strength and Loyalty is their newest effort and first on Interscope imprint Full Surface.

Two members of the band, Lewis and Nick, at Max's Place

Clutch stuck in cheesy gear

Trendiness is all too common in today's rock world. The passion is traded in for record deals, fashion and MySpace friends. But somewhere off the dusty path are bands that just wanna rock. Clutch has been rockin' their metallic blues-y blend of rock since 1991, and it doesn't look like they plan on stopping anytime soon. From Beale Street to Oblivion is another offering of intelligent, Southern-tinged metal that will get your feet stompin' and your head bangin'.

How Dio killed Sabbath

Believe it or not, there was a time when Black Sabbath was Ozzy-less and Ozzy just kind of sucked on his own. Ronnie James Dio is the more popular replacement out of the seven different singers Black Sabbath has had from the beginning until now. The Dio Years includes 13 tracks from those years, along with three new ones recorded by the Dio-led Sabbath. It's still Sabbath, but a little cheesier.

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