Influential Swedish hardcore band Refused became one of the most important punk bands of the '90s, playing punishing music that was as smart and committed as it was muscular. Purposefully rebellious, Refused took their revolutionary political views seriously, and while the clean lines and precision of their performances helped them win an audience much larger than most punk acts of the time, they did so while presenting a thoroughly uncompromised message. Refused's 1993 album, This Just Might Be … The Truth showed strong metal leanings in its guitar tone and heavy attack, but 1998's The Shape of Punk to Come was wildly adventurous in its mix of influences, eclectic attack, and sonic textures ranging from jazz to ambient music. Refused split up in the wake of their breakthrough album, but after reuniting for a series of live shows in ...
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