Assembled in Riverside, California, Alien Ant Farm achieved tremendous success in the early 21st century with their beefed up remake of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." Their early days were spent writing and recording, and they were eventually able to independently release a debut album known interestingly enough as Greatest Hits. The album helped them get noticed by New Noize, which signed the group in 1999 and released their proper debut, ANThology, in 2001. After a serious tour bus accident that killed their bus driver and injured the band members and other passengers, Alien Ant Farm regrouped to release truANT in 2003. However, they didn't receive much in the way of marketing from their label and the album tanked. A lineup change ensued, and the group released their latest, Up in the Attic, in July, 2006. They may be best known for their remake of "Smooth Criminal," but it's clear from the excellently catchy singles "Glow" and "These Days" belie a group with a lot more to say than just update other people's songs. Though they started out as nu-metal, they have since mellowed out a little, and their most recent album boasts a broad array of musical instruments and styles, showing off the band's 'sensitive side' a little more. Still, their attitude is fully intact, and the group has remained as tight as ever. Vocalist Dryden Mitchell seems to be the glue that holds everything together, and he consistently turns in strong performances that are always appropriate for the songs; there's no mindless screaming here. For alt-metal with a heart, this is one Farm you'll want to buy.