When: Wed., Aug. 24, 7 p.m. 2011
Hardcore punk bands age in something like dog years, so when one manages to plug along for 14 years, it's kind of the equivalent of ZZ Top's 42-year career in bluesy southern boogie. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, and active since 1997, Victims have compiled a tortured, angsty catalog, rocking Discharge-style thrash filled with driving, pummeling rhythms worthy of the sincerest fist pumps and head bangs. And they don't sound worn out on their newest full-length, A Dissident (Deathwish Inc./Tankcrimes), blowing through 13 tracks of fuck-yous while vocalist and bassist Johan Eriksson adds his customary mix of guts and bile. Produced by Nico Elgstrand of Entombed, the album is a tad more "contemplative" than 2008's Killer, with two songs longer than three minutes (gasp) and multiple windows of designated solo time—the band's usual sense of urgency is hardly absent, but they sound like they might not be lit on fire. Compared to earlier albums, A Dissident is practically anthemic, and its epic-for-Victims opening cut, "Theft," more than proves that these guys still have some terrain left to explore, even in an increasingly crowded genre. —Kevin Warwick Eunuchs, Full On, and Tension Generation open.