Darkest Days (Edited)
Released: Apr 1998
Though frequently dismissed (along with Gravity Kills -- remember them?) as mere Nine Inch Nails bandwagon-jumpers, this Chicago foursome actually had a knack for crossing high-grade hair metal (say, Bang Tango) with high-grade techno pop (say, Depeche Mode) in a way that occasionally snuck squeezed-down Zep twists and turns between the decadent whisper parts. Knob-twiddling stretched the roil rhythmically, and neurotically self-analytical catch-phrases emerged as tangible hooks.