When punk met metal: The albums that shaped the sound of two worlds colliding
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02.08.2018

When punk met metal: The albums that shaped the sound of two worlds colliding

The greatest punk and metal collisions of all time.

DRI – Crossover (1987)

One of the most respected and chief architects of what became known as crossover thrash, DRI were among the first bands to combine hardcore punk with the already established thrash metal sound of the time. Blurring the lines between the stripped back aggression of punk rock and the speed and technical proficiency of thrash metal, the experiment worked out just fine, with countless imitators and continuers of the sound DRI created.

Hard-Ons – Dickcheese (1988)

One of the most versatile bands in punk rock, Sydney’s Hard-Ons were never content sticking to any one style. While rooted in Descendents and Ramones-influenced pop punk, the band quickly expanded into speed and thrash metal, while losing nothing of their catchy power-pop skate-punk sound in the process. 1988’s Dickcheese is their finest example of this merger of styles, with thrash odysseys and pop-punk bangers coexisting side by side.

Converge – Jane Doe (2001)

Not quite a metal band, not quite a hardcore band, but one of the most respected and uncompromising bands still running today. While primarily a solid but unremarkable hardcore band in the ‘90s, Converge transformed their sound into the metallic chaos they’ve been the masters of since 2001’s Jane Doe. The band has been consistently straddling the line between hardcore and metal, but not quite metalcore – leagues better than any of their competitors and imitators ever since.

Metallica – The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited (1987)

Although not a punk band at all, heavy metal icons Metallica have consistently worn their punk influences on their sleeves throughout their career. Importantly, the band were early supporters of the now-legendary Misfits from New Jersey, that while one of punk rock’s most popular bands today, didn’t see commercial success or widespread recognition in their original run. Covering both Last Caress and Green Hell on this EP, Metallica were directly responsible for bringing the songs of a punk band to the mainstream masses. Who knows what the fame and legacy of Misfits would’ve been like today if the biggest metal band in the world hadn’t promoted them?

Poison Idea – Feel The Darkness (1990)

Although the self-professed “kings of punk”, Portland OR’s Poison Idea quickly moved away from their scrappy hardcore origins and added in shredding solos and double-kick throughout their 1990 masterpiece. One of those albums that has something that every fan of heavy music would enjoy, the record holds up as a classic of not only American hardcore punk but a culmination of all heavy sounds of the underground coming together.