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Flash Metal Suicide: Ligotage

Our new Flash Metal Suicide series continues with Ligotage's Crime and Passion EP

1983 was the year metal broke. It didn't really exist as a movement before then. In 1982, it was just the music of teenage dirtbags. Ozzy was the soundtrack for petty crime and pinball, but nobody really considered themselves “metal”. We just said we were into “hard rock” back then. Seemed good enough. But then it hit, like a iron-ore tsunami, the endless wave of leather and studs, spearheaded by Metallica, Manowar, Slayer, Raven, and one thousand over-eager guitar players in eyeliner, and the world changed overnight. For most, the pivot from rock to metal was pretty simple. Usually it just took a zebra-striped t-shirt. But it got a lot more complicated when punk waded drunkenly into the fray. You could just get heavier and hairier, sure. Worked for GBH, Corrosion of Conformity, and DRI. But what happens when punk goes glam? Someday, we'll chart the hilariously tragic downfall of d-beat champs Discharge when they attempted to out-gun Guns N' Roses in 1987, but today, Beki Bondage is on the chopping block.

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