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Echoes of Redemption: A Journey from Despair to Strength Through Music and Straight Edge

For more than three decades, straight edge has ebbed and flowed through the hardcore scene.  The articles in this section span twenty years’ worth of ideas, feelings, and thoughts about straight edge from a female perspective.

Some of these articles were written by girls who are now women. Our thoughts were raw and unfiltered as teens.  We were (and some of still are) frustrated with the status quo. We are tired of having our voices drowned out.

As we have grown and evolved, so have our ideas about what it means to be straight edge.  These are our stories, our thoughts, our journeys.

Straight Edge

In the vibrant tapestry of hardcore history, Double Cross stands as a monumental chronicle, etched in the memories of hardcore kids. Founded in 2008 by the legendary Tim McMahon, vocalist of iconic straight-edge bands like Mouthpiece and Hands Tied, and his comrade-in-arms, Brian 'Gordo' Jordan, Dou
12-year-old Logan Kelly sits down with the legendary Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat. In this insightful conversation, Logan explores the essence of what it means to be Straight Edge and a Punk through the eyes of one of the genre's most influential figures.
Dive into the revolutionary role of Straight Edge women in the hardcore scene. Discover their history, challenges, and empowerment in the punk-rock wave of the '80s. Explore how they defy stereotypes and lead with resilience in a male-dominated space

Interviews

In our latest feature, we spotlight Katja Schmitt, a 43-year-old single mother from Germany. Juggling the demands of motherhood and a full-time career, Katja dedicates her spare time to raising awareness about toxic relationships and PTSD. Recently embracing the straight edge lifestyle, she is part
In this interview, we feature Aesop Mongo, a 29-year-old graphic designer, and guitarist for No X Cure (Heavy Death/Dark/Metallic Hardcore Straight Edge out of Alabama). Keep reading to learn about her hobbies, how and when she claimed edge, and what currently driving her forward. Keep up
Join Mic and Stephen as they delve into the enduring influence of 108 on the hardcore scene, discussing its evolution since the '90s while retaining its essence. Explore the intersection of spirituality and hardcore, along with coffee reviews and a discussion on Mouth Full of Locusts' new EP.

Archives

Black Dahlia Murder- Miasma

Essential Metal and Hardcore Albums: Reviews of Black Dahlia Murder, As I Lay Dying, The Agony Scene, and Meshuggah

Dive into the heart of metal and hardcore music with in-depth reviews of four pivotal albums: The Black Dahlia Murder's 'Miasma', As I Lay Dying's 'Shadows and Security', The Agony Scene's 'The Darkest Red', and Meshuggah's 'Catch Thirty-Three'.
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New Winds Portugal Hardcore Matinee

Reviving New Winds: Hardcore Benefit Matinee for Animals in Portugal – 12/17/2023

Hardcore Benefit Matinee, For The Animal Cause @ Portugal, 12/17/2023 - Reviving New Winds and Inspiring a Powerful Community Movement
Solange Bonifacio
Women in Hardcore: GEL- Brooklyn Monarch - Danielle Dombrowski

Women in Hardcore: Addressing Gender Equality in Hardcore Music

Explore the overlooked issue of women's equality in the hardcore music scene, where gender biases and stereotypes often overshadow the call for social justice. This article delves into the challenges women face, from being misjudged to encountering objectification, and emphasizes the need for respect and empowerment of female participants in this intense and passionate music genre.
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This is Hardcore- Photo by Danielle Dombrowski

Beyond Flat Ironed Hair: Challenging Conformity and Seeking Substance in the Hardcore Scene

Explore 'Beyond Flat Ironed Hair' an insightful delve into the hardcore and straight edge movements. This article critiques the prevailing conformity in style and attitude among youth, urging a shift from superficiality to genuine involvement and meaningful action within the scene."
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Fall River

Review: Fall River, Lights Out

Originally Posted on xsisterhoodx.com Saturday February 11, 2006 Released by: Thorp Records Fall River’s latest release, “Lights Out, lies some where between math-rock and metal core. Disjointed jagged rhythms clash with southern grooves, and chunky metal laden chords to create a rich and layered progressive sound. Reminiscent of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon, and the […]
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no idols low

Review: NO IDOLS, “Low (Swing the Pyramid Hands​)​

Originally Posted on xsisterhoodx.com on Saturday, February 11, 2016 Released by: Hex Records No Idols “Low” is a short politically laced album. Spanning but 23 minutes, it is an abrasive mixture of discordant textures and ebbing rhythms. No Idols rely less on traditional hardcore mainstays and focus their energy and talents on creating a decidedly […]
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Perspectives

Explore the overlooked issue of women's equality in the hardcore music scene, where gender biases and stereotypes often overshadow the call for social justice. This article delves into the challenges women face, from being misjudged to encountering objectification, and emphasizes the need for respec
In her insightful article for Catalyst, the student magazine of RMIT University Student Union (RUSU), Monique Myintoo offers a vivid glimpse into the hardcore music scene of Melbourne. Through her narrative, Myintoo shares her personal experiences as a young woman in a predominantly male environment
Discover the journey of breaking stereotypes and empowering women in hardcore music. Explore the passion, challenges, and non-mainstream appeal of the hardcore scene through personal experiences
Challenging Stereotypes in Punk: Exploring Gender Bias and Empowerment in a Male-Dominated Scene. A thought-provoking journey into the experiences of female musicians and the fight against gender bias in punk rock culture
Explore the challenges and perspectives of female participation in the hardcore and straight edge scenes in 'Breaking Barriers: Female Involvement in the Hardcore Scene.
This insightful article delves into the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals and women, examining the deep-rooted issues of sexism and homophobia. It highlights the importance of inclusive and respectful attitudes, advocating for a hardcore community that celebrates diversity and empowers all memb
Exploring the Journey of a Female Musician in Hardcore: Battling Stereotypes, Navigating Challenges, and Inspiring Change in a Male-Dominated Scene
This article sheds light on the challenges female dancers face in the mosh pit, exploring the gender dynamics and calling for equality and empowerment in a traditionally male-dominated space.
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