An education in rebellion
With as much grind core fuzz and uptempo techno as you could ever want, San Antonio hardcore four-piece The Union Underground (TUU) delivers a searing debut. After being together for 10 years, the band’s slow ferment has produced a refined first effort laden with booming, rolling riffs on tracks like "South Texas Deathride," "Turn Me On Mr. Deadman" and "Drivel." TUU will certainly get lumped together with bands of the ‘new school’ metal ilk. However their sound is more rock oriented as opposed to the nowadays-typical rap core sound—which has a more hip-hop orientation—as pioneered by the old version of Rage Against The Machine (they are currently recording with Chris Cornell) and purveyed by such acts as Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock and Korn. According to Guitar World writer Brian Stillman, TUU’s music is less "Korny." You can check them out on the web at www.theunionunderground.com.