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Zombie Nation Black Toys

When the puck goes past a visiting goalie at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, several thousand Bruins fans go crazy as a busy synth line and pounding bass drum thumps through the soundsystem. No one in attendance really knows the anthemic snippet's origin, but their ignorance doesn't make it any less effective. The Bruins' prized celebration number is called "Kernkraft 400," a track taken from the debut EP by German DJ-turned-fist-pumper Zombie Nation. Nowadays, ZN braintrust John Starlight (a.k.a. Splank) isn't rocking arenas as much as he's shaking tails, like an economy-sized Daft Punk plugged straight into a house party. It couldn't come at a better time, considering the French robo-house juggernaut‘s recent face plant (last year's Human After All). But with tracks like these, filling the void left by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter might be easier than typing out their full names.

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