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Jihad



"Jihad," as you probably already know, is the Islamic term for holy war, but it is also the name of a now-defunct Kalamazoo hardcore quartet whose sound suggests the violence and fury of that aggression. Their music is about anger, anger, and more anger. Their anthems of loneliness and alienation are filled with chugging, double-edged guitars, which create volcanoes of sound on top of smoldering bass and drum rhythms. Horrifyingly ragged, voice box-disgorging vocals lace every composition. Bitter, caustic stuff. Jihad disbanded in the latter part of the '90s. Old Testament represents the band's complete discography, plus a live set at a Cleveland hardcore festival.

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