This US hardcore band helped to revitalise the genre in the early 90s with their strident political message and an aggressive blend of hardcore and metal, an approach which continues to win new converts. The band was formed by Karl Buechner (vocals) after he graduated from high school in Syracuse, New York in 1989. By 1992 a stable line-up had been established with the addition of Scott Crouse (guitar), Kris Weichman (guitar), Ian Edwards (bass) and Dennis Merrick (drums). Their 1992 debut for the Conviction label, All Out War, was well received and after strong live showings they signed to Victory Records. Firestorm, a reissue of All Out War and their 1995 debut Destroy The Machines brought the band to the notice of the mass media, resulting in features on CNN, CBS and in The New York Times. Their ideologically charged lyrics, concerning environmental activism, animal liberation and straight edge principles, coupled with their...
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