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South Florida hardcore device Strongarm formed in the first ’90s from the ashes of varied loud and neighborhood outfits. It highlighted guitarists Nick Dominguez and Joshua Colbert, vocalist Jason Berggren, drummer Chris Carbonell, and bassist Chad Neptune. With just a few demos along with a self-released EP to its name, the music group was purchased by Seattle indie Teeth & Nail, as well as the Atonement LP made an appearance in 1995. The record featured a far more expansive sound and eyesight than the usual hardcore bluster, incorporating unusual time signatures, unstable chord progressions, as well as the band’s Christian values in to the music’s normal stomp and aggression. The Advancement of a Magic LP implemented in 1997, and solidified Strongarm’s popularity (alongside South Florida compatriots Shai Hulud) being a generating force not merely within the straight-edge and Christian music neighborhoods, but in the bigger hardcore scene. However, the realities and challenging logistics to be in a music group got truly in the way, and Strongarm disbanded immediately after its discharge. Colbert and Neptune continued to create the emo-ish Further Seems Forever with vocalist Chris Carrabba, but Strongarm do reunite every now and then for reunion displays.

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