The hard-rock cycle seems to be spinning again. For the past couple of years, the genre has hawked up one minor variation on Limp Bizkit after another -- and since the Bizkit's lowest-common-denominator amalgam of metal, rap and misogyny isn't exactly fascinating (a friend of mine calls it "asshole rock"), you can guess how absorbing by-the-numbers imitations of it are. But recent months have seen two heavy-heavy discs that point in more intriguing... More >>>