If punk rock lit the match, then hardcore threw that fucker into a tanker of gasoline. The grassroots, DIY movement rose with a fury in the Eighties out of underground, pissed-off, politically charged music scenes in hotbeds like New York City, Washington, D. Over time the genre has established its core sound, while also evolving in the hands of boundary pushers like new acts Turnstile , Vein , Fury and Primal Rite that are challenging the limits of what hardcore can be — while still respecting its roots. So, what are those standard-bearing albums that best represent the pinnacle moments of hardcore?
Get in the pit: the best hardcore albums of all time
Top 20 Hardcore Albums in History: Complete List - LA Weekly
Hardcore is getting old. It's slightly over 40 years old depending on who you ask, with no signs of slowing down. For better or worse, every week more hardcore records flood the genre. It's getting harder to keep up and honestly, it might be time for some quality control, but that's a whole different conversation. There's still good records dropping that might end up great, but how about a list of those that already have? I'm sure there's lots of questions on how this list was assembled, but allow me to reassure the reader that the process was impeccable. Let's get this over with.
The 10 best hardcore albums, as chosen by Mutoid Man's Ben Koller
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.
Ben Koller is a legend of heavy music. But which hardcore records does he think think belong at the top of the pile? Well, we caught up with the man himself to find out…. They had such ferocious live energy. The riffs were angry as hell but the songs were so catchy and memorable.