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Released in 1998 by Burning Heart
Best Songs: New Noise, Tannhäuser / Derivè
Interesting Facts: Although Refused broke up only months after the album’s release, The Shape of Punk to Come has since found an audience for the band and largely contributed to their posthumous fame, as well as inspiring many later artists in a wide range of genres. Kerrang! magazine listed The Shape of Punk to Come at #13 on their 50 Most Influential Albums of All Time list in 2003.



Released in 1997 by Victory Records
Best Songs: Waiting, To An End
Interesting Facts: Strife are known for being one of the biggest hardcore punk bands of the ’90’s. They are considered to be one of the “Big 3” hardcore punk bands on the then-new Victory Records label, the other 2 being Earth Crisis and Snapcase. Their second album ‘In This Defiance’ is well regarded by the straight edge/hardcore community. It is also notable for the guest appearances, with Chino Moreno of Deftones, Dino Cazares ofFear Factory and Igor Cavalera of Sepultura all taking turns on the album.


Released in 1983 by Plan 9 Records
Best Songs: Green Hell, Devilock
Interesting Facts: Originally released as a 9 song LP, it was later issued with the three tracks of the Die, Die My Darling EP incorporated into the track listing: Die, Die My Darling, Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight? and We Bite. Metallica covered Die, Die My Darling for their 1998 cover album Garage Inc, as well as Green Hell, which was originally covered by Metallica for their 1987 album, Garage Days Re-Revisited.


Released in 1986 by Profile Records
Best Songs: We Gotta Know, Street Justice
Interesting Facts: The video for ‘We Gotta Know’ received airplay on MTV at the time and was one of the first-ever clips on MTV to feature slam dancing and crowd surfing. The image on the album cover is a photograph taken during a nuclear test. Before this album, the idea of combining heavy metal and hardcore together was unheard of. But with the release of ‘The Age of Quarrel’, hardcore-metal was born, and in its wake came a legion of similarly styled offspring (Biohazard, Hatebreed, etc.)


Released in 1994 by Roadrunner Records
Best Songs: It’s Time, C.T.Y.C. (R.I.P.)
Interesting Facts: Madball was founded in 1988 as a side project of Agnostic Front and featured most of Agnostic Front’s members (Agnostic Front have the #13 album on this list). As a matter of fact, Madball’s first few performances consisted of previously unused Agnostic Front songs! The band developed after Agnostic Front’s frontman Roger Miret, would let his younger half-brother, Freddy Cricien take the microphone and perform lead vocals during Agnostic Front shows.



Released in 1983 by Frontier Records
Best Songs: Institutionalized, Subliminal
Interesting Facts: The song ‘Institutionalized’ is considered by Metalised to be the best hardcore punk song ever! This is the band’s début album and it became one of the best-selling punk albums at the time and launched the band into its future success. ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ has been regarded by critics as one of the most influential rock albums of all time, and has inspired a number of bands such as Anthrax and Slayer!


Released in 1984 by Rat Cage Records
Best Songs: Remind Them, Your Mistake
Interesting Facts: Agnostic Front was a band that featured skinheads as part of their line-up!! Their début album ‘Victim in Pain’ is regarded as a seminal New York Hardcore release. The singer, Roger Miret, asserts that all the songs on the album “are totally inspired by the streets of New York and my life and what was going on with my friends. It was dangerous. We did what we had to do to survive by any means necessary. It was like a war or a battlefield, and we stood our ground”.