Refused is a Swedish hardcore punk band from Umeå. From the time of his activity, Refused held a prominent place on the prolific scene of Scandinavian hardcore, known for their revolutionary straight-line and militant socialist line of conduct, and their fight for animal rights. Their career is devoted to the fight against oppression of all kinds, through their words, their interviews and their intense concerts.
Refused was formed in early 1991 around singer Dennis Lyxzén, guitarists Jon Brännström and Kristofer Steen, bassist Magnus Höggren and drummer David Sandström.
The five debuted with EP This Is the New Deal, before releasing the album This Might Just Be the Truth later that year. EP Everlasting followed in 1994, then Refused Loves Randy in 1995, before their second album Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent (1996).
In the course of the release of The Shape of Punk to Come, their third album (1998), Refused announces its separation, unable to reconcile the anarchist line of thought of the group and a musical career. Their last concert will take place in Harrisonburg near Washington (United States) and will be stopped by the police in the middle of the third song.