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Heroin



Perhaps more than any other band, Heroin exemplified the psychologically acute and almost psychotically intense Gravity Records/San Diego hardcore scene of the early and mid-1990s. Heroin was a complicated, difficult-to-digest explosion of carcinogenic guitar noise, almost unbearably fast drums, heart attack-inducing rhythms, and screamed, frantic vocals. Their lyrics were invariably intelligent and perceptive, sometimes even poetic. Though Heroin is no more, its members went on to play in other groundbreaking Gravity hardcore bands, including Antioch Arrow, Second Story Window, and Clikatat Ikatowi. Songs like "Moving Parts," from Heroin's 1993 Gravity/Vermiform Records 12-inch, totally disregarded all punk rock conventions, and they will forever change the way you listen to hardcore. You'll be amazed at the way a one-minute song can barrel into you with the force of an angry elephant, quickly trample you, and leave you lying facedown in the mud, bruised and battered and not sure of anything except the fact that this is something you'll never quite recover from.