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Converge: The Dusk in Us

Having acquired an abundance of experience and wisdom through their 30-year existence, post-hardcore legends Converge return with their ninth album in The Dusk in Us, crafting a record that balances between youthful angst and calmed maturity.

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Defeater: Abandoned

Continuing their narrative of a family caught in the throes of poverty and violence after World War II, Defeater scripts a plot twist with their most pummeling album to date.

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Refused: Freedom

On their first studio album in 16 years legendary Swedish hardcore band don’t lose a step in their mission to hybridize punk with anything they can.

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Bad Religion: True North

Sixteen albums and 30-plus years in, these SoCal punk legends show no sign of slowing down or burning out. And we should be thankful because the world still needs Bad Religion.

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Harold Bloom and Hardcore

Hardcore punk has sought to reject inevitable impact of influence, regarding it as sellout conformity. But anxiety over influence conforms with a longstanding poetic tradition of rejecting artistic heritage.

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