Rorschach (band)

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Rorschach Reunion Santos NYC 9-25-09.jpg
Rorschach in NYC 2009
Background information
Origin New Jersey, United States
Genres Powerviolence (early/mid)[1]
Hardcore punk (early/mid)
Metalcore (later)
Years active 1989–1993, 2009
Labels Gern Blandsten Records
Chainsaw Safety Records
Old Glory Records
Vermiform Records
Wardance Records
Associated acts Computer Cougar
Die 116
Kiss It Goodbye
Playing Enemy
Past members Charles Maggio
Andrew Gormley
Nick Forte
Keith Huckins
Chris Laucella
Thom Rusnak

Rorschach is a New Jersey-based band that existed from 1989 to 1993 and reformed in 2009. The group often blended hardcore punk and dissonant elements of metal providing the inspiration to a number of hardcore and post hardcore bands thereafter.

The first release by the band, Remain Sedate, shows the band's sound at a stage when they played fast, heavy hardcore with a metal slant and raspy hardcore vocals. At this time they also drew heavy comparisons to Die Kreuzen for their bizarre chord progressions and Charles Maggio's unearthly howl.[1] However, as the band progressed, they developed a slower, more sinister, sludge sound that was influenced by New York band Swans.[1] Additionally, the vocals developed into high-pitched, tortured screaming rather than shouting, due in part to voice problems Maggio was experiencing at the time. This change in sound can be heard primarily on their second full-length release, Protestant. Shortly after issuing this album, the group disbanded, some members eventually joining Deadguy and Kiss It Goodbye. Rorschach has performed occasional reunion shows from 2009 through 2012.[2]

Decibel magazine inducted Rorschach's Protestant into their Hall of Fame. [3]

The Rorschach song "Pavlov's Dogs" is depicted in the 2012 film Zero Dark Thirty as being used to torture suspected terrorists.[4]



In order from the final release to their first release:

  • Live In Italy '92 - CD/12" (Gern Blandsten Records)
  • Autopsy Discography - CD (Gern Blandsten)
  • 1.6 Band - split 7" (Chainsaw Safety)
  • Protestant - 12" (Gern Blandsten)
  • Needlepack 7" (Wardance)
  • Neanderthal - split 7" (Vermiform)
  • Remain Sedate 12" (Vermiform, later on Gern Blandsten)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • God's Chosen People (1993, Old Glory)
  • Fear of Smell 12" (1993, Vermiform)
  • Look At All The Children Now (1990, Evacuate)
  • Forever 7" (1990)

Related bands[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Powerviolence: The Dysfunctional Family of Bllleeeeaaauuurrrgghhh!!". Terrorizer no. 172. July 2008. p. 36-37.
  2. ^ Rorschach band Facebook page,
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