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Noise Rock
Noise Rock (alternately known as "noise punk" or just "noise") is Exactly What It Says on the Tin: a genre of rock with a focus on occupying the extreme end of the Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness (well, not quite the extreme end, but you get the point). Noise rockers for the most part have a pronounced fondness for creating ear-bleeding music with the standard rock instrumentation; how important other factors are, such as melody or lyrics, varies from band to band.note  Noise rockers are known for their confrontational performances, unsurprisingly enough.

Noise rock's antecedents can be traced to proto-punk bands like The Velvet Underground and The Stooges, the No Wave scene, and Hardcore Punk.note  The genre as a unified movement emerged in The Eighties and has bubbled underground ever since, with the occasional moment where some band gets really popular. Noise rock was also an influence on Shoegazing, Grindcore, Industrial Metal, Drone Doom, Grunge, and a few varieties of Hardcore Punk and Metalcore.

Not to be confused with Noise Pop, which is something slightly different.
Bands commonly associated with Noise Rock include:

Math RockAlternative RockNoise Pop
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