D Generation - Through the Darkness

D-generation's new album has been long-awaited by fans all over the world. Glitzine will, due to demand from the reader's, publish two reviews of D-Gen's "Through the Darkness".

1994 Saw the release of D Generation's self-titled debut. A great album that saw virtually no press or record company support. This is their third major label album and the first with new guitarist Todd Youth who replaced Richard Bacchus. The results are pretty good : it's neither as good as their first or as mediorcre as their 2nd album "No Lunch". The opening track "Helpless" (which appears on the soundtrack to "The Faculty") is one of those poppy punk tunes that instantly sounds familiar. (In fact, in about three more listens I'll figure out where they stole the melody). In fact, the music is relatively power-pop throughout, with the exception of "Lonely". The harmony vocals that pop up now and then add to the commerciality, but takes away from the rage.

Lyrically, Jesse Malin is once again ten times more eloquent then anyone you'll hear on mainstream radio, but he's more overtly political now. He's good, but tends to trip over his own itentions when he gets too political.

Thumbs up for a more "mature" D-generation. They've lost some of their rougher edges that made them so cool in the first place, but they still kick Green Day's ass (but then again, so do the Teletubbies).

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"Through The Darkness", the long awaited follow up to D-generation "No
Lunch" is finally here. This, their second release on Columbia, as well as their first with new guitarist Todd Youth(x- Murphy's Law), recorded in New York City during February March, and April 1998 with legendary producer Tony Visconti (Electric Angels, David Bowie, T. Rex). "Through The Darkness" brings us twelve new tunes (actually, there's a hidden track), along with a cover of Neil Young's "Don't Be Denied". "Through The Darkness" shows a broader side of the band as they rip through songs about isolation, discrimination, and the alienation of life. The first single, "Helpless", featured on "The Faculty" soundtrack, picks up right were DGEN left off. In the vein of "She Stands There", off the "No Lunch" disc, "Helpless" is as poppy and as sing a long as it gets! "Hatred", as well as "Cornered are 100% D-generation at their best, reckless and snotty, with plenty of attitude! A lot of the songs on "Through The Darkness", namely "Rise & Fall", are a little more, dare I say... commercial, have no fear though, as D GEN are still a long way from "punk, sell-out status." Other stand out tracks include, "Every Mother's Son", "Only A Ghost", and "Sick On The Radio".

First review by Adolf Christ
Second review by Drew