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Atlanta’s Bukkake Boys were one of the most underrated bands in American hardcore, with the LP and EP both released by Sorry State amounting to what should have been two instant classics. From their ashes came the equally formidable and only slightly less under-appreciated Mercenary. Although they broke up after only releasing a demo, tracks for an LP were recorded. Atlanta’s Burning, released by Scavenger of Death, provides five of those tracks. The demo was six tracks of blown-out and aggressive d-beat hardcore with the unrelenting assault of Framtid. Atlanta’s Burning keeps the same sound, but here it is a little rawer, a little noisier, and even more ferocious. Vocals are, as ever, disgusting.

2016 hardcore is starting out on good footing with this tape. Now we can only hope that the LP (or tracks from it) by Shoxx makes its appearance this year. Another necessary follow-up by a band forming from the ashes by one of the 21st century’s best and most under-appreciated hardcore acts: Pollution.

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