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Slapshot not only were easily the longest-lasting of all the original Boston hardcore bands, but they managed to stay musically relevant much longer than, say, Gang Green. Released in 1996, 16 Valve Hate is a fully aggro blast of old-school hardcore, so defiantly true to the style's roots that it sounds timeless instead of retro. Original drummer Mark McKay even returns to the lineup to complete the circa-1984 picture. Songs like the barking "I Want You Dead" are standard-issue Slapshot, complete with Jack Kelly's familiar hoarse but surprisingly expressive vocals, but the standouts are the heartfelt and unexpectedly catchy title track and, somewhat surprisingly, a version of the Smiths' "Bigmouth Strikes Again" that's not at all the usual hardcore mockery of some poncy British art-school band, but a complete transformation of Morrissey's original song into a brutal but shockingly apt hardcore beatdown. Seriously, who knew that a line like "Now I know how Joan of Arc felt" would sound so right in a hardcore context? That sort of thing is what made Slapshot more than just another hardcore band.


Formed: Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The remnants of several Boston hardcore bands formed Slapshot in the early '80s. The band released its debut, Back on the Map, in 1984. Albums followed in 1988 and 1989; the lineup consisted of vocalist Choke, guitarist Darryl Sheppard, bassist Chris Lauria,...
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