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026 Hardcore Fest 4

Strife (US)

There are at least two bands with the name Strife

a) Strife is a metallic hardcore band from Los Angeles, California. Their first LP, One Truth, was released in 1994 by Victory Records to both critical acclaim and tremendous sales. At the time, their speed-metal style of hardcore was considered revolutionary, and their message of Straight Edge activism and positive life style was a refreshing contrast to the typical music popular at the time. Strife was considered one of the three "Big" bands on the then-new Victory Records label, sharing that title with metalcore legends Earth Crisis and Snapcase. Strife released their sophomore album, In This Defiance in 1997. This album was also well regarded by the Straight Edge/hardcore c...

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This Gift is a Curse

Hailing from Stockholm, This Gift is a Curse play a combination of hardcore and sludge with great influences from both the occult black metal-scene as well as drone soundscapes. Spanning from slow, epic sections to faster, energetic parts, the songs show a great diversity in both musicianship and creativity.

Although the four members originated from different parts of the country, an accidental meeting by Jonas A. Holmberg and Johan Nordlund the late summer of 2008 led to the birth of This Gift is a Curse. The two had not been living in Stockholm for more than a couple of months but were already inspired to start a musical project based in their new hometown. While talking noticed that they had a lot of congenial ideas concern...

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Foreseen (FI)

There are multiple bands using the name FORESEEN.

1. Foreseen is a Hardcore/crossover thrash band from Helsinki Finland, formed in 2009. The band has released 7"Ep in 2010 and a 7" split w/ Upright in January 2011. Structural Oppression 7" came out in early 2013. First Foreseen LP "Helsinki Savagery" is coming out in 2014.

Following several successful EPs, including 2013's well received Structural Oppression, Finland's FORESEEN HKI now break into the international metal scene with their debut LP, Helsinki Savagery. An explosive burst of raw crossover, the band effortlessly fuse the 1980s iterations of US thrash and hardcore to create a merciless album of absolute jawbreakers. A distinctly Finnish rawness and hostili...

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