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Hüsker Dü: Metal CircusMetal Circus (1983)
Reviewer Rating: 5
Contributed by: BrandonSideleauBrandonSideleau
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Long before what is known today as "melodic hardcore," there were a precious few bands playing a new kind of punk music, at the time known as "post-punk." Bands like Embrace, Saccharine Trust, the Minutemen, and, of course, Hüsker Dü. Here is a band that took basic hardcore punk and expanded upon it, much in the same way that bands like Flipper and Black Flag were experimenting with heavier, slower tempos at the time. Hüsker Dü experimented with melodic playing and occasionally poppy song structures barraged at all sides by vicious hardcore. Their 1983 album Metal Circus sounds almost like an exact bridge between hardcore punk and "post-punk." They hadn't quite yet moved onto their equally brilliant, exclusively melodic period yet, but this wasn't straight-up hardcore either.
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