Earlier this year, our U. This, of course, resulted in us having to disqualify plenty of talented acts, as well as a lot of teeth gnashing among Internet historians and scene veterans. For both America and hardcore, the times are changing, with unorthodox opinions and previously-marginalized voices rising to the surface within the scene. The band must be still actively playing shows, releasing albums. The band may have metal influences, but must be discernibly hardcore or have hardcore punk roots.
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If there was any romanticism left in hardcore punk, it certainly died this year, after two different reincarnations of Black Flag, with entirely different lineups, were announced earlier this year. They both appear to be touring simultaneously , which makes them a lot more similar to L. Guns than they probably ever wanted to be. And neither one features Henry Rollins, which more or less makes this a major disappointment. So, like any good punks, we took a dive back into our hardcore punk records to rediscover why we fell in love with it in the first place, and came out the other end with 10 of our favorite records.
By , the writing was on the wall: Punk rock might have been making headlines, but it wasn't moving units. The industry responded with the skinny tie bands, retroactively labeled New Wave, a safer, more accessible take on the back-to-basics energy of punk. The street reacted by buzzing its collective head, throwing out the fashion designers and putting the musicians in the driver's seat.
Classic hardcore punk sowed the seeds by which today's alternative music blooms. Be it death metal, metalcore, pop-punk or screamo, the current iterations of aggressive rock wouldn't exist without our hardcore forefathers. Initially active from to , Black Flag 's seminal albums Damaged and My War still influence scores of independent punkers.