Released in 1998 by KINGfisher Records
Best Songs: The Death You Deserve, Lesion

Interesting Facts: An Expression Of Repressed Violence, although it has a metallic-hardcore punk sound, is considered by Metalised to be THE BEST BRITISH HARDCORE PUNK ALBUM EVER! This is the album that further worsened my ‘whiplash’ (as in the Metallica song) condition back in the late 90’s! For those of you who don’t know, whiplash is a neck injury that can occur during rear-end car collisions, when your head suddenly moves backward and then forward… it can also occur due to extreme HEADBANGING! This is not a joke, Mr. Metalised (the author) has a whiplash condition and Stampin’ Ground’s ‘An Expression Of Repressed Violence’ has a big part to do with that! Gee… thanks Stampin’ Ground!

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Recorded in 1981-1983, Released in 1989 by Dischord
Best Songs: Out of Step, Guilty of Being White

Interesting Facts: Minor Threat had a strong influence on the hardcore punk scene, both stylistically and in establishing a “do it yourself” (DIY) ethic for music distribution and concert promotion. Their song ‘Straight Edge’ became the eventual basis of the straight edge movement. The lyrics of the song call for abstinence from alcohol and other drugs, a novel ideology for rock musicians which initially found a small but dedicated following. Another Minor Threat song ‘Out of Step’, further demonstrates the belief: “Don’t smoke/Don’t drink/Don’t fuck/At least I can fucking think/I can’t keep up/I’m out of step with the world.” At the bridge of this song (EP version), vocalist Ian MacKaye explains his philosophy of straight edge, explaining that straight edge “is not a set of rules; I’m not telling you what to do. All I’m saying is there are three things, that are like so important to the whole world that I don’t happen to find much importance in, whether it’s fucking, or whether it’s playing golf, because of that, I feel… (chorus)”. Although MacKaye clearly stated “This is not a set of rules…” an ideological door had already been opened and by 1982, some straight-edge punks were swatting beers out of people’s hands at clubs!

Minor Threat’s song ‘Guilty of Being White’ led to some accusations of racism, but MacKaye has strongly denied such intentions and said that some listeners misinterpreted his words. He claims that his experiences attending Wilson High School, whose student population was 70 percent black, inspired the song. There, many students bullied MacKaye and his friends. Slayer later covered the song, with the last iteration of the lyric “Guilty of being white” changed to “Guilty of being right.” In an interview, MacKaye stated that he was offended that some perceived racist overtones in the lyrics, saying, “To me, at the time and now, it seemed clear it’s an anti-racist song. Of course, it didn’t occur to me at the time I wrote it that anybody outside of my twenty or thirty friends who I was singing to would ever have to actually ponder the lyrics or even consider them.”

Minor Threat broke up in 1983. MacKaye stated that he did not “check out” on hardcore, but in fact hardcore “checked out”. Explaining this, he stated that at a 1984 Minutemen show, a fan struck MacKaye’s younger brother Alec in the face, and he punched the fan back, then realizing that the violence was “stupid”, and that he saw his role in the stupidity. MacKaye claimed that immediately after this he decided to leave the hardcore scene.

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Released in 1990 by American Leather Records
Best Songs: Discontent, Alan’s on Fire

Interesting Facts: Around the time Feel the Darkness was released, the band members’ drinking habits and hard living were beginning to catch up with them: the 4 band members weighed in at about 590 Kg (1,300 lb) collectively and the guitarist Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts, in particular was very fat, often having to play sitting down! In 2006 Pig Champion died aged 47 at his home in Portland of undetermined causes, although he had been suffering from the flu and an untreated kidney infection. In 2012 during a European tour, the guitarist Jerry developed a severe infection in his foot and was instructed by medical staff in Europe to return home immediately. Despite a long-standing reputation for not completing tours, the band remained in Europe for five weeks, resulting in Jerry having to have two toes and a portion of his foot removed when the band returned to the U.S.! Poison Idea has been cited as an influence by bands and musicians such as Nirvana, Turbonegro, Pantera, Napalm Death and Machine Head.

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Released in 1998 by Burning Heart
Best Songs: New Noise, Tannhäuser / Derivè
Interesting Facts: Although Refused broke up only months after the album’s release, The Shape of Punk to Come has since found an audience for the band and largely contributed to their posthumous fame, as well as inspiring many later artists in a wide range of genres. Kerrang! magazine listed The Shape of Punk to Come at #13 on their 50 Most Influential Albums of All Time list in 2003.

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Released in 1997 by Victory Records
Best Songs: Waiting, To An End
Interesting Facts: Strife are known for being one of the biggest hardcore punk bands of the ’90’s. They are considered to be one of the “Big 3″ hardcore punk bands on the then-new Victory Records label, the other 2 being Earth Crisis and Snapcase. Their second album ‘In This Defiance’ is well regarded by the straight edge/hardcore community. It is also notable for the guest appearances, with Chino Moreno of Deftones, Dino Cazares ofFear Factory and Igor Cavalera of Sepultura all taking turns on the album.

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Released in 1983 by Plan 9 Records
Best Songs: Green Hell, Devilock
Interesting Facts: Originally released as a 9 song LP, it was later issued with the three tracks of the Die, Die My Darling EP incorporated into the track listing: Die, Die My Darling, Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight? and We Bite. Metallica covered Die, Die My Darling for their 1998 cover album Garage Inc, as well as Green Hell, which was originally covered by Metallica for their 1987 album, Garage Days Re-Revisited.

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Released in 1986 by Profile Records
Best Songs: We Gotta Know, Street Justice
Interesting Facts: The video for ‘We Gotta Know’ received airplay on MTV at the time and was one of the first-ever clips on MTV to feature slam dancing and crowd surfing. The image on the album cover is a photograph taken during a nuclear test. Before this album, the idea of combining heavy metal and hardcore together was unheard of. But with the release of ‘The Age of Quarrel’, hardcore-metal was born, and in its wake came a legion of similarly styled offspring (Biohazard, Hatebreed, etc.)

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