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As the first band signing to Marilyn Manson's Posthuman Records, the post-apocalyptic sounds of Washington, D.C.'s Godhead ironically offer a glimmer of hope in a rock world dominated by rap-rock thuggery and cookie-cutter alterna-rock.

On 2000 Years of Human Error, the band brings a pop appeal not normally found in the gothic/industrial genre without sacrificing in the process. Combining foreboding electronic effects, melodic guitar hooks and explosive beats with crooning vocals and insightful lyrics, Godhead offers a sound you can rock out to and still have something to think about after you turn off the CD player.

On tracks such as "The Reckoning" and "I Sell Society" (co-written by Scott Putesky, aka original Manson guitarist Daisy Berkowitz), Nosferatu-esque frontman Jason Miller offers critiques on organized religion and capitalism, while on "Sinking" and a re-tooled version of "Penetrate" from the 1997 indie label release Power Tool Stigmata, he takes a more introspective approach, revealing the isolation that comes with enlightenment. With the militaristic cadence of "Break You Down" and Miller's declaration, "I've got a gun in my hand ... I'll kill everything that made you," the band treads into "Cop Killer" territory, opening itself up to misinterpretation by those likely to miss the warning the song is intended to be.

Throw in a moving cover of the Beatles' classic "Eleanor Rigby" (also re-recorded from Power Tool Stigmata) and you've got what possibly could be the first step toward a brighter future for rock, despite the band's gloomy imagery of hopelessness.

Godhead plays the Masquerade Sun., May 6.

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