Imagine rap-metal had never become an overblown trend (a nice thought indeed). Were that the case, The Renaissance might be considered a groundbreaking blend of two vital genres of music. Instead, it’s simply good.

Anthony Martini’s raps and screams bleed genuine emotion as he vividly describes former poverty and hardship. Thankfully though, he never resorts to self-pity; in fact, the album exudes a strong sense of optimism and self-confidence. The band supplies brutal, textured hard rock that blows away the bland n

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