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D.R.I.

While it might be hard to believe in the age of metalcore, heavy metal and hardcore punk used to dwell on opposite ends of the spectrum. Back in the early '80s, fans of one genre wouldn't be caught dead listening to the other. With its aptly named 1987 album Crossover, Dirty Rotten Imbeciles (better known as D.R.I.) was one of the bands that changed all that — and that disc, along with other classics like 1988's Four of a Kind, sound better than ever, thanks in part to the thrash revival that's breathed new life into bratty headbanging and skate-ready riffs. D.R.I.'s current lineup revolves around original members Kurt Brecht on vocals and Spike Cassidy on guitar. And while the group hasn't released anything new in over a decade, the recently cancer-free Cassidy has promised an album in 2010, which means there might be some new material getting road-tested at this Bluebird blowout.

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Jason Heller
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