If you take the Riot Girl Movement and couple it with the short and distorted stylings of powerviolence, out comes Rape Revenge. Within the first seconds of listening to any of the band's songs it's obvious that the currently three-piece hardcore outfit take cues from contemporary feminist hardcore band, Punch. Feedback-laden tracks screech into blast beats and thrashy down-tuned riffs. Slow hardcore chugs quickly ramp up into wild snares with hints of d-beats, then curve out with tempo changes into breakdowns. The music is topped off with vocalist Samantha's ear-wrenching screech, only fitting for the strong themes and aggressive style of music the band explores.
The themes that Rape Revenge embody are those typical of the scene: sexual exploitation, social inequality, anarchistic revolution, dialectical materialism, veganism, straight edge, and more. Lyrics are often brief and straight to the point and call out issues within society, or chastising those that perpetuate gender roles and stereotypes. The bands full length album, “Paper Cage,” clocks in at just under eleven minutes but features sixteen songs of biting hardcore. Fans of Loma Prieta, Punch, and Code Orange Kids will find another great, forward-thinking band with thought-provoking lyrics.
Rape Revenge recently lost a guitarist and hasn't been active in the past few months. Though the future of the band is hazy, in the mean time you can stream or purchase the band's latest release on Bandcamp, or pick up the 7” vinyl.