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Viking's Choice: Total Abuse, 'DNA Evidence'

Total Abuse.
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Total Abuse.

There's a relentless antagonism to Total Abuse that is so, so satisfying. When it formed in 2006, the Texas band first looked to iconic '80s hardcore punk for its sound. But weirdness soon took hold, crawling into the dank headspace between the Swedish noise-rock band Brainbombs and Black Flag's most deranged output.

After a short breakup, the band returned without missing a step, releasing the depraved Looking For Love EP in 2014. Total Abuse's fourth album, Excluded, is a mud-slop synthesis of the sludgy noise, lunging rhythm section and oddly catchy hooks that came before it. "DNA Evidence" opens the record with a nasty ough!

Excluded comes out Nov. 20 on Deranged.

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