Hardcore Punk


Crowpath were a grindcore band from Malmo, Sweden.  The band formed in 1997, and split up in 2010.  Their music drew influences from bands such as Today is the Day and Deadguy, and were known for their unique progressive sound.


Catheter is a death metal/grindcore/hardcore band from Denver, Colorado.  Originally formed in 1997, the group has a prolific prolific recording and touring history, which has greatly contributed to their influence in the American grindcore scene.

Despise You

Despise You is a powerviolence/hardcore band from Inglewood, California.  The band formed in 1995, and have been one of the more influential groups in the west coast powerviolence scene.

Trap Them

Trap Them is a grindcore/hardcore punk band based in Louisville, Kentucky,  Seattle, Washington, and Boston, Massachusetts.  Trap Them's influences include hardcore punk bands, such as Black Flag, Born Against, and Tragedy; metal bands like Dismember and Entombed (whose "buzzsaw" guitar tone create the main guitar sound for Trap Them), and experimental bands like Swans. 


Victims formed back in 1997, in their home town of Nyköping, Sweden. The band's aim was simple... to play hardcore punk rock, straight up and right to the point, with particular influences being Swedish Discharge-style and 80's American hardcore.  Today they are one of the most respected bands of the underground punk and hardcore community.  Victims will be making their first appearance at California Deathfest in 2017.

Venomous Concept

Venomous Concept is a grindcore and hardcore punk band. The band's name is a play on Poison Idea, in the style of name-mangling Japanese hardcore acts. Venomous Concept was formed by Kevin Sharp and Shane Embury in 2004. They were joined by Danny Herrera and Buzz Osborne of the Melvins. Osborne was later replaced by Danny Lilker.  The band is currently working on their third studio album.

Lethal Aggression

Lethal Aggression is a crossover hardcore/thrash/punk band from Asbury Park, New Jersey.  The group formed in 1985, split in 1991, and reformed again in 2001.  Currently, the band only contains one original member.

Swarm of the Lotus

Swarm of the Lotus is a sludge/thrash/hardcore band from Baltimore, Maryland.  The group was active from 1998-2006, and again from 2009-2010.  During that time, Swarm of the Lotus released only 2 full length albums, both of which were very well received in the metal community.  In December 2010, they announced that the band is on indefinite hiatus.  

Honkey Kong

Honkey Kong are a hardcore punk band from Baltimore, Maryland.


Surroundings is a hardcore punk band from Washington, D.C..


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