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Extreme Noise Terror

With Phobia, Strong Intention, and Masakari. Friday, May 25, at the Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights.


Along with their fellow countrymen in Napalm Death, England's Extreme Noise Terror are credited with the creation of grindcore sometime in the mid-'80s. Combining the low-end rumble of Discharge and Chaos U.K. with the frenzied angst of American hardcore acts like Siege and Deep Wound, E.N.T. stumbled upon a dense roar of sound that was the aural equivalent of sticking your face inside a blast furnace. The band rode a high throughout the early '90s, with rave write-ups in the U.K.'s weekly music papers and incessant championing from the late John Peel, a trend-setting DJ for the BBC. Extreme Noise Terror even collaborated with acid-house kingpins the KLF.

The band has released many albums since then, some veering off into metal. Yet they always maintain that same cataclysmic growl. It's something of a rarity for these pioneering punkers to come through town, so put on your bullet belt, grab a 40, and party like it's 1993.

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