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CD Review: Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine's The Audacity of Hype 

The Deal: Fuel to ignite a new generation of punk dissidents.

The Good: Jello Biafra hasn't changed much in the last 20 years – in sound or ideology. His latest band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, takes up where the Dead Kennedys left off. Biafra still has the same quivering "oh my god we're about to be eaten by Zombies" hysterical horror movie delivery and the same hardcore political outlook. If you're looking for subtlety, you've come to the wrong place. "Chain the slaves to the oarsin carpal tunnel caverns till you break," Biafra quavers, hammering away at the evils of outsourcing on "Electronic Plantation." He sounds like David Byrne being burned alive on "Pets Eat Their Master," as "desperate hungry cannibals barbeque executives slowly on rotisseries on the street." Although Biafra paints a grim picture, it's an interesting presentation, aided by the twin guitar assault of former Freak Accident ax men Kimo Ball and and Ralph Spight for a freak metal psychedelic pop punk sound. There's a nifty lyric sheet enclosed so you can howl along at home with an apocalyptic vision charted on the back by Obey:Giant and Obama:Hope poster boy Shepard Fairey to help you visualize the world going to hell.

The Bad: Not exactly uplifting entertainment, but it's a hell of a lot more interesting than the Backstreet Boys' latest.

The Verdict: Read label carefully before ingesting. Take at your own risk.

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