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Ten Years of Iron Age’s Hardcore Landmark “The Sleeping Eye”

Iron Age

Photo by Angela Owens

At the midpoint of the 2000s, American hardcore punk had hit an interesting mark. Having been around for 25 years at that point, the genre was being led by a generation too young to have witnessed the scene at its genesis, but old enough to feel connected to its lineage. A newfound appreciation for both the history of hardcore and its initial simplistic short-fast-loud blueprint catalyzed the revival of the classic ‘80s Southern California sound; bands like Richmond, VA’s Direct Control, Austin, TX’s The Snobs, and Toronto’s Career Suicide dominated the scene by injecting a contemporary energy into the original barebones format.

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