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Album Review

Plead the Fifth - clever title for a fifth album, that - finds Taproot going to back to basics, shedding the melodic flourishes of Blue-Sky Research and the progressive elements of Our Long Road Home in favor of the heavy grind of their first two albums. Being children of the new millennium nu-metal, Taproot’s metal isn’t exactly simple: they favor swings in dynamics and rhythm, alternating shouts and chants with drowning harmonies in fifths. If Taproot doesn’t necessarily find melodic throughlines they nevertheless know how to construct vehicles for their flair, which is darker and heavier than it has been in some time…and that may be enough to please the hardcore who were dismayed by the band’s ambition of late.


Formed: 1997 in Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Ann Arbor, MI's own Taproot sent their demo to Limp Bizkit's frontman/business entrepreneur Fred Durst in 1998, not ever thinking Durst would call them back personally. To the band's surprise, Durst replied, promising the alt-punk metal quartet the world. But Durst apparently took too long to deliver the goods, for Taproot -- whose lineup comprised frontman Stephen Richards, guitarist Michael DeWolf, bassist Philip Lipscomb, and drummer Jarrod Montague -- landed a deal with Atlantic Records instead....
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