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5 Greatest Hardcore Punk Albums Ever

The 5 best & most influential hardcore punk albums ever
5Negative Approach
Total Recal

Total Recall is a flawed album, the second half which consist entirely of live tracks are probably to distorted to be fully enjoyed and, towards the end, the album does become predictable, but it's the essential Negative Approach album. Hailing from Detroit, the band's sound represents where they came from, it's striped-down, mean, and angry to the highest degree. Every song is relentless aggression that holds up through the entire album, never letting up. The feeling and intensity of this album is nearly impossible to match, making it essential, and ahead of the times that produced it. Total Recall is the bands entire discography making it the Negative Approach album to own.
4Husker Du
Zen Arcade

The rock opera of hardcore punk, Husker Du's, Zen Arcade became an underground success and one of the most influential albums of the 80's. At its core, the album is hardcore punk, but the band experiments with pop, acoustic, and psychedelic making the album an eclectic experience that express' many different emotions. The concept is about a boy who runs away from home, only to find out that the world is even more evil than he thought, and while it may lose focus at times, it does give the album a sense of connection. The bands talent sounds limitless and gives the album a sense of power, its true enough for the hardcore punk fans to like it but its creative enough for people outside of the genre to get into it, and that makes Zen Arcade not only one of the best punk albums ever, but one the best rock albums ever.
3Dead kennedys
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

A classic in every sense of the term, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables is creative, intriguing, helped kick start a musical revolution, and has some of the bands classic tracks with no filler on the album. The Dead Kennedys first album is there best with Jello Biafra's weird howl spitting out lyrics of politics with a satirical sarcasm that makes it sound more humorous than serious and he's back by a great band that makes every song unique with their interesting arrangements and overall sense of fun. It helped define the hardcore genre and is an essential listen for everyone.
2Black Flag

The band had been around for a few years but Damaged was Black Flags first full length album and the first recording to be lead by vocalist Henry Rollins, whose presence escalated the albums power even higher. Rollins Horrific bark is truly fierce and gives the album an extra sense of anger throughout the album, while Greg Ginn and company sound powerful and tight despite the low production qualities. Damaged represents everything about punk from the anthemic opener Rise Above, to the absolutely hilarious TV party, and the emotionally charged finale Damaged I. Black Flag were at the height of their power and Damaged is by far their definitive statement making it essential for every fan of the genre.
1Bad Brains
Bad Brains

Comprised entirely of Rastafarian Black men, who played an impressive fusion of hardcore punk and reggae that required the band members to possess talent unlike most of their peers, Bad Brains were one of the leaders in the hardcore punk revolution and their self-title debut is often considered the best hardcore album ever. Hailing from Washington the band is simply amazing with vocalist H.R. being able to perform demonic screams and shouts in one moment and in an instance switching to beautiful melodies, But the real power comes from the band backing him who share the same quality of being able to change from lighting speed playing to slow tempo reggae sounding beauty in the blink of an eye. The album holds all of the classics, but, as a whole is truly an unforgettable experience that possesses a sense of controlled chaos and has moments of pure beauty. Bad Brains is without doubt the holy grail of hardcore punk.
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