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Iskra

the rythm section forces you to dance, the guitar sound is raw and yet at the same time melodic and the vocals express the struggling, confusion and anger felt by all. iskra debut single will be released in february on vinyl and via web.

Iskra Biography

Iskra is a Canadian anarchist crust punk and extreme metal band founded in Victoria, British Columbia in 2002. Their name in Russian means "spark" (?????).

Because the band performs, records, and releases their material outside of the confines of the mass media, Iskra are considered part of the anarchist underground punk musical tradition, which emerged in the late 1970s with bands like Crass and Discharge. By blending elements of crust punk, black metal, powerviolence, grindcore, and thrash metal, Iskra say they have created their own subgenre, "blackened crust." Obvious musical influences include Slayer, Bathory, and Amebix. The band includes former members of the earlier anarchist punk band Black Kronstadt, who in later years also described their music as "blackened crust."

Lyrically, Iskra follow in the anarcho-punk tradition of Crass and Conflict. Self-proclaimed anarchists, the band addresses social issues like homophobia, sexism, racism, struggles of indigenous peoples, the effects of political organization, both Right and Left wing, as well as capitalist institutions (such as the World Trade Organization, World Bank, the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Independent Task Force on North America).

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