the shape of punk
With 'Until Your Heart Stops,' Cave In Penned Metalcore’s Most Important Text
Twenty years ago, the seminal Boston hardcore act set a high bar with their debut album, inspiring both their respected peers and an endless line of lesser copycats.
Love It or Hate It, Refused’s ‘The Shape of Punk to Come’ Changed Punk
The iconic album turned 20 this year, and while it's still endlessly debated, time has proven its impact.
The Locust's Bugged-Out Debut Made Hardcore Way Weirder
Twenty years ago, the noisy San Diego band used insect imagery and sci-fi undertones to challenge perceptions of what a hardcore band should sound and look like.
With 'Goddamnit,' Alkaline Trio Rebuilt Chicago Punk in Their Own Image
Twenty years ago, the three-piece released a debut album that stood out by being just a little bit weirder than its peers.
Jets to Brazil's 'Orange Rhyming Dictionary' Tested Punk Purists' Patience
20 years ago, members of Jawbreaker, Texas Is the Reason, and Handsome debuted a new project that leaned into alt-rock territory, dividing their audience in the process.
20 Years Ago, At the Drive-In Kicked Against Punk Norms on 'In/Casino/Out'
2000's 'Relationship of Command' cemented the band's place in history. But their 1998 album saw them honing their powers as a musical force.
Ink & Dagger's 'The Fine Art of Original Sin' Gave Hardcore Some Theatrics
20 years ago, the Philadelphia band injected some much needed showmanship into a staunch, humorless punk scene.
Dillinger Four's 'Midwestern Songs of the Americas' Spawned a Scene of Copycats
Released 20 years ago, the debut album from the Minnesota band created a new template for pop-punk that bands are still trying in vain to replicate.
20 Years Ago, Saetia Defined Screamo in Just Nine Songs
With their sole LP, the New York band pushed against hardcore norms to accidentally define a subgenre.
Braid’s ‘Frame & Canvas’ Was Too Ahead of Its Time for Its Own Good
On the band’s 1998 album, Bob Nanna and company created a template that ended up being a test run for emo’s mainstream breakout.
20 Years Ago, Kid Dynamite Reshaped Pop-Punk in Just 27 Minutes
On their debut LP in 1998, Dan Yemin's post-Lifetime project fused hardcore and pop-punk together in a way that would be copied for years.
AVAIL's 'Over the James' Taught a New Generation of Bands How to Exist
Twenty years ago, the Richmond band released the gold standard of melodic hardcore that would often be imitated but never topped.
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