If ya haven’t noticed, the ladies are wiping the floor with the fellas this year in punk and hardcore; Good Throb’s LP is a killer (major understatement), new 7”s by Permanent Ruin and Hysterics are vital and urgent, and then we have what might be my favorite of ‘em all: In School’s debut 7”, Praxis of Hate. While the rest of the dudes in hardcore are going for the deranged serial killer/mutant look (which, OK, is kinda entertaining in its own right), the aforementioned bands are all pushing back against an institutionalized sexism, one that appears to be wiped out but persists, an unacknowledged and ignored fact that we choose not to believe in an age where one story of bringing down an oppressor trumps several hundred more dark realities. Maybe you’re guilty of this line of thinking, maybe you’re not, but it can’t be denied that this kind of music hits so much harder when it’s made with a purpose. This ain’t anger for the sake of justifying your fingerless leather gloves; this is raw, explosive hardcore, a burst of corrosive bile back in the faces of those who need it, and a wake-up call for the rest of us. Praxis of Hate is a dose of vicious 1980s-style US hardcore, all bared teeth and barbed wire; lines like “Apocryphal scum/I know WHAT YOU’VE DONE” are repeated until you can taste the metal and blood. Absolutely electric NYHC at its finest.