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African Holocaust

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One of Reggae music's legendary & best selling acts returns with their first studio album since 1997. Following in the outspoken, politically charged manner of their past releases such as True Democracy (1982), Earth Crisis (1984) & the Grammy Award winning Babylon The Bandit (1985), African Holocaust marks the return of one of the most conscious & important voices in music. This album maintains the original line-up of David Hinds, Selwyn Brown, & Steve Nisbett.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B0002DRE2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. Litt on July 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After seven long years, Steel Pulse had delivered a new CD 'African Holocaust' - a thematic extension of the band1s historic 25 years of innovative Reggae, unapologetic support of Rastafari and human rights, conscious lyrics and excellent musicianship. For the band and their music, the album is definitely a step in the right direction for many reasons and the listener, once again, can experience some of the classic unparalleled trademark 'Pulse sound' that the band delivered from 1979 to 1984. After wavering a bit in the 1990s with the Pop-heavy 'State of Emergency' and 'Victims', David Hinds and the band realigned their original direction and verve with 'Vex' [ which had some strong tunes but too much drum programming and heavy reliance on Rappers style roots ] and their last CD 'Rage N1 Fury' [ which had some excellent tunes, many of which I wish they would offer up live. ] First the pros - David Hinds has the most impressive, silkiest voice in Reggae that just gets better with time and he continues to write tunes based on familiar, important subject matter - global problems, politics, historical Black figures and unabashed praise of Rastafari. I was very pleased to see a real live drummer incorporated on the majority of the 13 tracks, long overdue, so proper Raspect to Wayne 'C Sharp' Clarke, as I feel there is no substitute for the sound of an excellent recording of great drummer playing at his best in an proper studio. An abundance of rich brass embellishes all the songs and the background vocals are perhaps the best I have ever heard on a Pulse release. Solid brass throughout, as usual, combines with impressive keyboards and guitar to result in an enjoyable listening experience for those seeking the vibe of classic Steel Pulse. Overall recording and production is top notch.Read more ›
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I've been listening to roots reggae since the very early 80s when I was all of 14 yrs old. I ranked Steele Pulse at the tipy top of my list of favorite bands. I eagerly looked forward to each new release. Like most of the other reviewers here, I also became disgusted with their sell-out to pop/R&B. After Babylon the Bandit which only had a few good songs, the next few albums were much worse. I stopped buying their new releases and I stopped going to their concerts. Still, I've worn a hole through my True Democracy and Earth Crisis vinyls. Smash Hits is the CD I play the most. That one is worth every cent and then some.

Discovering this new album is a thrill beyond thrills! David's voice hasn't changed at all and this album has the hard core roots reggae beat of True Democracy, plus the important messages that attracted me away from mainstream music in the first place.

There isn't a bad song on the whole album! You will not be disappointed!

Thanks to Steele Pulse for their glorious return to the real reggae sound!
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By music 101 on September 21, 2004
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I've been a hard core early SP fan for years. I think David Hinds in an amazing songwriter, arranger, and performer. Their first five recordings (Tribute, Handsworth, Reggae Fever, True Democracy, and Earth Crisis) are a must in any reggae collection. Their latest efforts have been less than average. Bad synths, drum machine, pop driven crap that I've always felt was anti-reggae. I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up African Holocaust. You can definitely feel the vibe of old Steel Pulse in most of the songs. There's some pop stuff in there but the recording as a whole is worth listening to. What's the deal with synths and drum machines in reggae anyway???
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By the late 80's it appeared that Steel Pulse had lost it's edge. With such horrid releases as 1988's "State of Emergency" and 1991's "Victims" the band's turn to the Dark Side (synth pop dance music) seemed to be complete and unrecoverable. It seemed as though they just simply couldn't, or refused to, try and recapture the focus that had produced their classic, and arguably best album, "True Democracy."

They showed faint signs of recovery with 1997's "Rage and Fury," but their style still carried the baggage of their previous couple of offerings.

With "African Holocaust," Steel Pulse has finally come full circle and have put out an album that ranks up with their powerful early works, "Handsworth Revolution," "Tribute to the Martyrs," and the aforementioned "True Democracy." Just as Anakin Skywalker finally realized the ills caused by his turn to the Dark Side in the Star Wars saga, Steel Pulse appears to have once again recognized what was good about that early work: Solid melodies with a substantial consciousness in the lyrics.

To some, the message might seem a bit rough. The clear political message of such tracks as "Darker Than Blue," "Door of No Return" and the title track among others might be a bit hard to swallow, particularly to unsuspecting Babylonians. But even those folks will have a tough time keeping their feet from tapping while being scolded by David Hinds. On the other hand, true Steel Pulse fans will quickly recognize the style that first put the band on the map.

With "African Holocaust" Steel Pulse emerges from their long journey into the wilderness a much more powerful band. It really seems that their long absence from roots reggae had built up so much pressure that once they decided to release it, it caused such an explosion of music and message that their return to their early form is undisputable.
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