Refused may have risen again in the shadow of At The Drive-In when both acts reformed on the same day in January, but their legacy is no less influential.
Now Refused have played their first ever reunion show to a packed audience in secret and without any promotion.
Fans in Ume, Sweden, saw the band playing a super-tight set last night, as you can see in the clip below. Their brand of hardcore punk may have been emulated thousands of times, but seeing these masters in play after so many years apart proves they still got it.
Refused split in 1998 amid band in-fighting, after their third album "The Shape Of Punk To Come" made their fame. They promised to never reform, but in January announced a series of festival performances including Coachella.
"We never did 'The Shape Of Punk To Come' justice back when it came out; too tangled up in petty internal bickering to really focus on the job," they wrote in January. "Suddenly there's this possibility to do it like it was intended. We wanna do it over, do it right. For the people who've kept the music alive through the years, but also for our own sakes. We feel that you deserve it and we hope the feeling is mutual."
Watch Refused in the clip below. Is their era long gone, or do they put modern punk acts to shame? Share your view in the comments.