Italian Hardcore Punk 1980-1989


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Italian hardcore punk was characterized by its raw, aggressive, and fast-paced sound. Bands often used minimalistic musical arrangements, stripped-down chords, and intense drumming to fuel their high-energy performances. Lyrically, the music centered on themes of social and political dissent, anti-authoritarianism, the struggle of the working class, and a strong sense of community and rebellion.

In the 80s, DIY venues as the Virus or the Granducato Hardcore scene played a crucial role in nurturing the Italian hardcore punk scene. These small, underground spaces provided a platform for bands to showcase their music, fostered a tight-knit community, and allowed young people to express their frustrations and aspirations freely. Fanzines as T.V.O.R. Chaoszine, raw, xeroxed self-published magazines, played a vital role in disseminating information about upcoming shows, band interviews, and political discussions. They acted as a crucial communication tool in an era before the widespread adoption of the internet.

The Italian hardcore punk scene of the 80s was deeply intertwined with political and social activism. Italy was experiencing turbulent times, marked by economic challenges, political corruption, and social inequality. Hardcore punk bands, through their music and activism, voiced their opposition to the status quo and called for social justice, human rights, and resistance against oppressive systems.

Many bands embraced a “Do It Yourself” ethos, rejecting the commercial music industry’s constraints and opting to release their music independently.

This is a companion for the record collector, the fan and the historian.


Judah Altamont


First Edition








17 de Agosto 2023

Pes 0,254 kg
Dimensions 15,24 × 0,76 × 22,86 cm


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