Album: 30 Seconds to Mars, This Is War (Virgin)

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Without anyone noticing,30STM are suddenlyarena-sized. It hasn'tharmed the LA trio'sascent, of course, thattheir lead singer is Hollywoodhunk Jared Leto.Were this not the case,it's questionable whetherthey would have risenabove the emo/alt-rockpack. The headlinegrabberhere is "Hurricane",featuring beatsfrom Kanye West, but therest resembles a fakerandmore airbrushedNickelback. Leto's entrylevelnihilisms and fauxgrungewail will have youwondering if Kurt Cobaindied for this