Infobox Music genre
name = Powerviolence|bgcolor=crimson
Hardcore punk Thrashcore Grindcore Youth crew Noise music
cultural_origins =Late 1980s
instruments =vocals -
Electric guitar- Bass guitar- drums
Powerviolence (sometimes written as power violence), is a raw, dissonant subgenre of
hardcore punk."Powerviolence: The Dysfunctional Family of Bllleeeeaaauuurrrgghhh!!". "Terrorizer" no. 172. July 2008. p. 36-37.] Anthony Bartkewicz. " [http://www.decibelmagazine.com/features/jul2007/powerviolence.aspx Screwdriver in the Urethra of Hardcore] ". "Decibel Magazine". July 2007. Retrieved on July 19, 2008.] The style is closely related to thrashcoreand grindcore.
The term was first mentioned in the song "Hispanic Small Man Power (H.S.M.P.)" by genre pioneer
Man Is the Bastard. Its nascent form was pioneered in the late 1980s in the music of hardcore punk band Infest, who mixed youth crewhardcore elements with noisier, sludgier qualities of Lärmand Siege. The microgenre solidified into its most commonly recognized form in the early 1990s, with the sounds of bands such as Man Is the Bastard, Crossed Out, No Comment, Capitalist Casualties, and Manpig. Powerviolence groups took inspiration from Siege and Deep Wound, Cryptic Slaughter, Septic Death, Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, and Corrosion of Conformity. These precursors to powerviolence are grouped together as "thrash" or thrashcore.Felix von Havoc, "Maximum Rock'n'Roll" #198 [http://www.havocrex.com/press/article/1/20] Access date: June 20, 2008]
Spazz vocalist and
bassistChris Dodge's record label Slap-a-Ham Recordswas a fixture during the rapid rise and decline of powerviolence, releasing influential records by the likes of Neanderthal, No Comment, Crossed Out, Infest, and Spazz. The label's Fiesta Grande was an annual powerviolence festival held at 924 Gilman from 1992 to 2000. Spazz drummer Max Ward's label 625 Thrashcorehas started its own festival, Super Sabado Gigante, in a similar vein. While powerviolence is closely related to thrashcore(often referred to simply as "thrash"), the style is distinct from the thrash metalgroups active in the same place, at the same time.
Musically, powerviolence bands focus on speed, brevity, bizarre timing breakdowns, and constant tempo changes. Powerviolence songs are often very short; it is not uncommon for some to last less than 30 seconds. Some groups, particularly Man Is the Bastard, took influence from
sludge metaland noise music.
Lyrically and conceptually, powerviolence groups were very raw and underproduced, both sonically and in their packaging. Some groups (Man Is the Bastard and
Dropdead) took influence from anarcho-punkand crust punk, emphasizing animal rightsand anti-militarism. Groups such as Spazz or Charles Bronson, on the other hand, wrote lyrics mocking points of interest for hardcore and metal fans, or even used inside jokes for lyrics, referencing specific people many of their listeners would not know.
Other groups associated with powerviolence included
Assück, Black Army Jacket, Charles Bronson, Rorschach, and The Locust. [Andrew Marcus, "Buzz Clip", "SF Weekly", August 6, 2003. [http://www.sfweekly.com/2003-08-06/music/buzz-clip/] Access date: August 7, 2008.] The doom metalgroup Burning Witchalso released on Slap-A-Ham and played shows with powerviolence groups. [Slap-a-Ham Discography. [http://rateyourmusic.com/label/slap_a_ham_records/] Access date August 11, 2008.]
Powerviolence groups had a strong influence on later grindcore acts, such as
Agoraphobic Nosebleed. The Locust became acclaimed in both the grindcore and noise rockscenes. Mark McCoyof Charles Bronson went on to form Das Oath, a popular thrashcoregroup. Members of Man Is the Bastardformed The Bastard Noise. Rorschach became a prominent influence for the mathcorescene.
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