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675 Downset by Downset


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On their 1994 debut album downset. unleash a fury of rap-rock with lyrics that hit as hard as the down-tuned guitars and pounding rhythms

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Incorrectly tagged as Rage Against The Machine followers (they actually existed before Rage), downset. offer a glimpse into the Los Angeles hardcore and metal scene as it transitioned from the 80s to the 90s. Like Rage, downset. combined big guitar riffs with social and political commentary on their self-titled 1994 debut, but traded the guitar histrionics of Tom Morello for a more streamlined approach. The result is a prime example of the unique 90s rock subgenre of rap rock, which would later evolve into nu-metal with the emergence of bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit, who brought the volume without the content.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Downset
  • 18:54 - Ritual
  • 22:18 - Anger
  • 30:22 - My American Prayer
  • Outro - About To Blast

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