Row 8, Plot 30


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On their 1997 Dowsers album, Omaha, NE-based Row 8, Plot 30 deliver a punishing set of harsh rock, characterized by the songs' aggressive guitar riffs and cathartic vocals. Clocking in between two and four minutes, the 15 songs flow relentlessly from one to another. The group never crosses over into heavy metal territory and never spiral into traditional hardcore punk abandon, but their sound is undoubtedly influenced by both styles -- a more refined and less manic version of Black Flag's post-Damaged work and comparable to the Jesus Lizard's early-'90s work.

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