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Liturgy – Renihilation

Are we at the point of acknowledging the genre "hipster black metal"? It seems the American take on BM has been maligned with the dreaded "hipster" put-down

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The Catalyst – Swallow Your Teeth

A little maturation goes a long way. Youthful energy is key to aggressive music, but it takes experience and talent to channel that energy productively

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The Armed – These Are Lights

The Armed are young. You hear their youth in their energetic stitching together of various strands of punk and metal. A band like The Armed could not have existed ten years ago, or perhaps prior to Deadguy (who inspired Dillinger Escape Plan, who clearly inspired these Detroit dudes)

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Burnt by the Sun – Heart of Darkness

Unlike most of their counterparts, Burnt by the Sun combined extreme music with extreme politics. This was particularly welcome in the Bush 2 era, when protest of any sort stood tantamount to treason

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Disappearer – The Clearing

Boston's Disappearer certainly sound familiar with Neurosis' Through Silver in Blood. It's not surprising that they began as an instrumental trio in the vein of Pelican

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Victims – Killer

D-beat has been beaten like a dead horse. Every new band with bullet belts and Amebix t-shirts thrashes through the motions. Though Victims will be new to many Americans thanks to Deathwish, Inc...

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Iron Age – The Sleeping Eye

Though associated with the hardcore scene, Iron Age are a consummate metal band. They harken back to crossover's big bang in the late '80s. Corrosion of Conformity's Animosity and Cro-Mags' The Age of Quarrel surely serve as soundtracks in their van

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Tournament – Years Old

Tournament successfully marries the slow burn of Houdini-era Melvins with the swing of Drive Like Jehu. The band imbues its material with a seething, rumbling tone

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Reign Supreme – Testing the Limits of Infinite

Philadelphia's Reign Supreme takes its cues from hardcore forebears who borrowed from metal: Hatebreed, Madball, Cro-Mags, and Agnostic Front

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Dial – Self-Titled

The members of New Zealand's Dial probably grew up during the peak of AmRep. Their debut EP (Robotic Empire, 2009), a stateside re-release of their demo, demonstrates the hallmarks of the style: cavernous drums; downtuned, ragged guitars; bass as thick as cement; vocals like ipecac-induced vomiting; and lyrics trawling the muck of human existence

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