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Origin Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Genres Crust punk, Stoner metal
Years active 1995–2006, 2016–present
Labels Wonderdrug Records
Tortuga Recordings
Salt of the Earth Records
Members Jay Fortin - Guitar
Paul Jarvis - Bass
Doug Aubin - Vocals
Rick Orcutt - Drums
Derek Cronin - towel boy

Scissorfight is an American five piece band from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


Scissorfight formed in 1995 in the town of Portsmouth.[1] The original lineup consisted of guitarist Jay Fortin, bassist Paul Jarvis, and drummer Joel Muzzey. Blending extreme genres such as grindcore and post-hardcore, the band hired vocalist Ironlung (named for his ability to take in illegal substances) to "stand there and look scary".[citation needed]

They recorded their debut, 1996's Guaranteed Kill. The band followed it up with 1998's Balls Deep. They signed with independent label Tortuga Recordings to release 1999's New Hampshire.[2] The band played at River Rave festival, where they performed with Cypress Hill and Stone Temple Pilots. They released an EP of covers entitled Piscataqua soon after, and were featured on MTV's "You Hear It First" segment. In 2001 the band released two albums, the original Mantrapping for Sport and Profit and an album of re-recorded songs to be released in Britain called American Cloven Hoof Blues. A series of EPs (Potential New Agent for Unconventional Warfare, Deathchants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes, Vol. 2, and Victory over Horseshit) followed, with the full-length Jaggernaut arriving in March 2006. Scissorfight was named "best hard rock band" at the Boston Music Awards in 2003[3] and 2004.[4]

After a nearly ten year hiatus, the band returned in 2016 with a new vocalist, drummer and EP entitled Chaos County.






  1. ^ Vizzini, Ned (March 5, 2002). "Scissorfight; Franzese's Bully Party; Stony Awards; More Shopping and Fucking". New York Press. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Carioli, Carly (December 9, 1999). "Metal militias: The wild kingdom of Scissorfight and Nightstick". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Boston Globe, September 5, 2003
  4. ^ Boston Globe, September 30, 2004

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