Taking shape in 80's Seattle, grunge took the world by storm in 1991, with highly influential albums dethroning some of the biggest pop-stars of all time.
Over-produced, posey and shallow acts were swiftly being replaced with bands that adopted a DIY sonic palette, had a modest, unassuming look and spoke to the disenchanted youth through introspective lyrics that touched on social alienation, addiction, self-doubt, helplessness and trauma.
Hard rock merged with punk and hardcore, with added elements of noize, indie rock and metal, welding screeching riffs slathered in fuzz and distortion, down-tuned arpeggios and grinding baselines with raw, galvanized drums.
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