Vegan Reich

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Vegan Reich
OriginLaguna Beach, California
Years active1988 – 1993, 1996, 1999
Associated acts
Past membersSean Muttaqi
Andy Hurley
Jon Ewing
Aaron S.
Sergio Hernandez
Dom Ehling
Ray Titus

Vegan Reich was an American hardcore punk band from Laguna Beach, California, active from 1987 to 1993, and 1999. Fronted by Muslim singer-songwriter Sean Muttaqi,[1] the band is mostly identified with the controversial hardline subculture of the vegan straight edge movement.

Along with Raid, Vegan Reich were one of the most well known bands to identify with hardline. Vegan Reich created the founding statement for the movement, in which they write of their attempted break with the straight edge and hardcore scenes.[2]

The founding statement and subsequent literature pushed a bio-centric and deep ecology view of the world, and much more extreme version of straight edge. The band's view on respecting the world's "natural order" of life gave way to militant anti-abortion and anti-LGBT views. These ideas sparked controversy which followed the band throughout its existence.


  • Sean Muttaqi – lead vocals, guitars, bass (1987–92;1999)
  • Andy Hurley – drums, percussion (1999)
  • Jon Ewing – drums (1988–1991)
  • Aaron S. – drums (1987)
  • Sergio Hernandez – bass (1989–1990)
  • Dom Ehling – bass (1990–1992)
  • Ray Titus – drums, percussion (1991–1992)


  • 1987: Stop Talking – Start Revenging" (track on ALF compilation LP)
  • 1990: Hardline (EP)
  • 1992: The Wrath Of God
  • 1995: Vanguard (Best of)
  • 1999: Jihad (EP)

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  1. ^ Pike, Sarah (2011). "Religion and Youth in American Culture". The Study of Children in Religion: A Methods Handbook. New York, N.Y.: New York University Press. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-8147-7746-6.
  2. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa. "Vegan Jihad: A Conversation with Sean Muttaqi". Bidoun: A Quarterly Forum for Middle Eastern Talent (16).

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