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Refused is a massively influential Post-Hardcore / Hardcore Punk / whatever they feel like band from Sweden. They’re best known for their 1998 album The Shape of Punk to Come and its lead (and sole) single "New Noise".

They also contributed music to Cyberpunk 2077 as the In-Universe band SAMURAI, lead by Keanu Reeves' character, Johnny Silverhand.


  • Alternative Metal: A clear influence, due to the staccato-like rhythm guitars, experimentation and blasting metallic distortion.
  • Anarchy Is Chaos: Averted, albeit lyrically. They’re committed anarcho-communists.
  • Animal Lover: one of the band's rare songs in Swedish, "Jag Äter Inte Mina Vänner" (I don't eat my friends) proclaims the band's Vegan ethos, declaring animals to be people too.
  • Capitalism Is Bad: 90% of the band's lyrics are devoted to attacking capitalism and the government.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Their early material was fairly straightforward-sounding hardcore with little of the experimental twists to come demonstrated.
  • Post-Hardcore: One of the most acclaimed examples of the genre, and most a fellow Trope Codifier alongside Fugazi.
  • Metal Scream: Dennis is a HUGE Type 3.