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RISE OF THE NORTH STAR


"Welcame"

By Lord Randall


 So, all I can figure is, this is retaliation. In some back-asswards way, I believe France’s ROTNS think they’re doing us a favor – that there still must be at least one enclave for the total new jack simplicity (it took exactly one chorus to unleash a “get tha phuck up” and “boom boom boom!” gang vox) to not only survive but thrive. Employing DJ Muggs squeal technique in parts of ‘Welcame (Furyo State Of Mind)’ just makes me want to hear CYPRESS HILL, not more of this HED(PE)-gone-hardcore, and by the time I’d sliced my way through ‘Samurai Spirit’ I was ready not only to swear off attending my city’s annual Cherry Blossom festival, but to reenact the tragedy of the 47 Ronin. Myself. 47 times. And that’s when it hit me.

 What we have here - dressed in Japanese school uniforms, no less – is the Asian answer to early-mid ‘90s PRO-PAIN. Could it be the uniforms? Doubtful. Could it be the resurgence of the “get the fuck ups” during ‘Simon Says’? They certainly don’t help, but aren’t near enough to kill "Welcame". All I know is there’s a new WU-TANG CLAN album out, and even if it were recorded in a room filled with pillows, and featured the musical stylings of cabbage, it’d pack more of a punch than "Welcame". ROTNS is more pedestrian than a crosswalk. More bland than a bread sandwich.

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