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*** D Generation, "Through the Darkness," Columbia.

April 03, 1999|NATALIE NICHOLS

Welding a framework of contemporary contempt onto classic three-chord punk structures, this New York quintet (which opens for the Offspring at the Universal Amphitheatre tonight ) lets out a rebel yell for the here and now. Such buzzing, melodic anthems as the anti-racist "Hatred" bubble with genuine outrage, not to mention wicked guitar hooks. But the commercial deejay's lament, "Sick on the Radio," while a compelling idea, isn't as musically thrilling. Still, in a world of fake anger, D Generation is believably righteous.

Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent). The albums are already released unless otherwise noted.

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