SELL YOUR FACE 2.0
PUMPED UP KICKS
On their third full-length, the Los Angeles-based nu-metal quintet 3TEETH pays homage to the slick, cynical glory of industrial rock’s ’90s heyday. METAWAR plays like a digital-age upgrade of industrial’s stylistic must-haves—heavy drop-D chords, electronic accents, distorted vocals, misanthropy aplenty. Through layers of processed feedback and digital gloss, vocalist Alexis Mincolla excoriates corporate greed (“AFFLUENZA”), corrupt politicians (“PRESIDENT X”), and consumerism run amok (“EXXXIT”) against a backdrop of thudding rhythms and metallic riffs. And just like their stylistic forefathers Rammstein, Orgy, and Marilyn Manson, all of whom were handy with a nostalgic cover, 3TEETH knows that the future is little more than a dark reflection of the past: The final track here is a blast-furnace take on Foster the People’s breezy 2011 summer jam “Pumped Up Kicks” that strips the original down to the frame and rebuilds it to lay waste to the pit.