The band is decidedly harsher, re-energized, and bending genres once more. Hard rock, metal, hip-hop, and punk all seep into the 22 track set. Hell, there's even a blues break that pops up about halfway through "No Rest For The Wicked," and there's almost an industrial vibe that surfaces at times through creative use of sampling mixed with the heavy guitar crunch. Toss in the occasional death metal growl, and pretty much all bases are covered.
With an increasingly political message, (HED)p.e. is becoming closer and closer in theme to former Sub Noize artists CORPORATE AVENGER on tracks like "Forward Go!," "No More Secrets," and the title track "Truth Rising."
Certain audiences will find the album "preachy," but that's ok once in awhile. Like RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE before them, there's a place for an agenda in music when delivered with sincerity.
Suprisingly, tucked in-between the "2012" messages and jabs at organized religion is some overtly sexual content in the latter quarter of the record. Samples from sex-talk shows and shouts to the dick and pussy feel cheap and out-of-place here, diminishing the sincerity of the serious tracks on the record despite a welcome and creative nod to DE LA SOUL's "Me, Myself, and I."
Rating: 3/5 Axes