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Infest

Infest was an influential American hardcore punk band, formed in Los Angeles, CA from 1986 to 1996. They were instrumental in pioneering powerviolence, a musical cross-breeding of hardcore, sludge and grindcore. Members were Joe Denunzio (vocals), Matt Domino (guitar), Dave Ring (bass) and Chris Clift (drums).

The band , while not coining the term powerviolence, were definitely pioneers of it. The Los Angeles quartet blended the ethos, speed and song structure of hardcore, along with the aggression and anger of bands like Negative Approach and Negative FX creating a style em ...read more

Infest was an influential American hardcore punk band, formed in Los Angeles, CA from 1986 to 1996. They were instrumental in pioneering powerviolence, a musical cross-breeding of hardcore, sludge and grindcore. Members were Joe Denunzio (vocals), Matt Domino (guitar), Dave Ring (bass) and Chris Clift (drums).

The band , while not coining the term powerviolence, were definitely pioneers of it. The Los Angeles quartet blended the ethos, speed and song structure of hardcore, along with the aggression and anger of bands like Negative Approach and Negative FX creating a style emulated by many and an energy captured by few. Joe Denunzio’s vocals exhibited pure angst, with lyrical content about conformity, war, scene politics and socio-political issues, mostly delivered in an accusation assault.

They did however differ from their peers in their fervent political stance and imagery, often depicting the tragedies of war and poverty, countering the obligatory “band in action” album covers common to the era. When asked about the hardcore scene Matt Domino said, “I think Hard Stance rips it up and Chain of Strength are cool, but Insted and Breakaway are pretty cheesy. It seems most hardcore bands are going for a polished sound and package, we are really not into that.” On the contrary, Infest’s sound was fuzzy and on many of the early recordings indecipherable, but still captured their raw intensity. « hide

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