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Best hardcore band: Bukkake Boys

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It feels wrong to simply label Bukkake Boys a hardcore band — especially at a time when permutations and microgenres have strangled the life out of any meaning the word "hardcore" once possessed. But it's precisely this group's return to rippin' old-school form that makes Bukkake Boys the genre's saving grace in 2012. You'd be hard-pressed to find a young band this side of the Atlantic blaze with such power in the tradition of classic American hardcore bands Minor Threat and Negative Approach. Although snatches of Japanese and Scandinavian thrash and grind creep into Bukkake Boys' lacerating guitar assaults, these guys forgo the spiky hair and leather-studded BS to embrace sweat-soaked passion, precision, and emotional catharsis that hearkens to an era when hardcore was more than music, it was a state of mind. www.sorrystaterecords.com.

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