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Saving up eight years' worth of venom and frustrations, Ringworm pulls no punches with one of the most metallic attacks any hardcore band can claim, and that includes the band's frequent touring partners Hatebreed. Propelling the band's sound to such heights are guitarists Frank "3-Gun" Novinec and Matt Sorg's attacking style that sounds like ancient Agnostic Front, if they managed Kreator's guitar tone circa Extreme Aggression and actually threw some creative solos into the mix. You can tell the band loves the ambiguity that comes from straddling both fences, because they play it up at every turn. As powerful as the music is, however, the vocals of HF (stands for Human Furnace) stand out for the opposite reasons. He's got a monotone shriek that never wavers from full-on screech, without a single variance of pitch or volume: At best, it's an acquired taste; at worst, it's redundant after a while. This major weakness prevents Ringworm from being considered one of the top acts, but the long-overdue deal with a label that can help the previously self-reliant act is neither unwarranted nor undeserved. Any band that can attain such a meaty guitar sound and use it in such a catchy manner is certainly not a dime a dozen, and worthy of a measure of respect. ~ Brian O'Neill, Rovi

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Another Cleveland classic



Formed: 1991 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Ringworm erupted in 1991 from Cleveland, where they joined bands like Integrity in a brutal local scene that blended purist hardcore with heavy metal influences and punishing live shows. Promise appeared in 1993 through Incision, and Ringworm went on to tour and release several 7"s before lineup fluctuations and inertia sent them on hiatus. But the band returned in 2001 with Birth Is Pain, this time on Victory, and stayed with the label for the 2005 effort Justice Replaced by Revenge. Touring between...
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