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's 2001 release made the born-again Christian rap-metalists stars as they racked up hits with "Alive," "Boom," and the post-Columbine anthem "Youth of the Nation." It was clear that any follow-up would be hotly anticipated, but no one could have predicted the departure of guitarist at the height of the band's success. A crucial part of 's sound, seemed to combine the epic metal of with the organic punk energy of and the searching spirituality of . It was also unclear as to why he actually left, with both and the band issuing contradictory explanations that brought into question both parties' spiritual and musical convictions. One thing was clear though, it was going to take a strong creative force to make up for the loss: enter ex- fret-man , who joined the band just in time to record its single for the soundtrack as well as the 2003 full-length . A darker album than its predecessor, is built largely around 's precise slabs of distorted guitar. More quintessentially "metal" in his approach -- think -- and more of a conscientious technician than , unfortunately lacks some of the unexpected spark that brought to . Fans of the band shouldn't find much to complain about here though, even if the overall sound doesn't stand out as distinctly from the nu-metal pack as did. Nevertheless, vocalist hasn't lost any of his meets attitude, and for the most part the songs are there. Notably, "Change the World" is a catchy and upbeat celebration of truth through the eyes of a child, and the darkly sanguine leadoff track, "Wildfire," finds proclaiming, "Me want uncultivated Jah glow." In the end though, is a declaration of a band reborn in a new, more polished image, and it is no small gesture that the last track, "Eternal," goes solely instrumental with 's guitar leading the way.