Veteran Swedish progressive hardcore band Raised Fist shape an aggressive, inviting sound by honing punk roots with a death metal edge. Dating back to 1998's Fuel (a favorite of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson), one can hear bass and guitar breakdowns juxtaposed with hardcore. The influence of metalcore made its impact clear on 2001's Ignoring the Guidelines. By the time they issued 2006's Sound of the Republic, they had fully integrated death metal into their sinewy musical identity and emerged with a sound virtually unlike any other punk band on the continent. American acts have cited them as influential due to Raised Fist's politically militant songwriting, top-flight musicianship, and unhinged live energy. After signing to Epitaph in 2013, the band issued a wildly syncopated, swinging, metal crunch and punk & roll album with From the ...
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