Steel Pulse – “African Holocaust” – [Sanctuary]
“African Holocaust” is Steel Pulse’s 11th studio album and marks a return to their militant roots. This is roots reggae style but with a British feel to it. The rhythm is a bit quicker, the horns soften out the top registers, and the bass keeps a steady beat throughout. It’s a very polished sound, as it should be, considering how long these guys have been around. They are one of the top reggae acts world wide and have that staying power like Black Uhuru and Burning Spear. David Hinds’ lead vocals set out to educate on a multitude of current world wide topics including global warming, police brutality, weapons of mass destruction and the deaths of political activists world wide. There is talk of Jah, of Haile Selassie, of Babylon. It’s what you would expect from a group like Steel Pulse: strong pop reggae that many will enjoy.